Isolation impacts our community heavily. Plenty of Plates is a program that offered a way to bring joy through human connection to the people of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through the power of food. Volunteer teams raise funds to support an evening where they prepare, cooke, and serve a safe, sit-down, 3-course meal to neighbourhood residents who had been invited in to enjoy a restaurant dining experience.

This program breaks barriers, biases, and creates moments of connection between individuals who might otherwise never interact with each other. These moments inspire empathy and offered a real, hands-on way to touch and feel social impact while creating lasting bonds, insights and memories with volunteer team members. We are grateful for the connections and moments we shared in these spaces.