Isolation impacts our community heavily. Pre-Covid-19, Plenty of Plates was 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 raised funds to support an evening where they prepared, cooked, and served a safe, sit-down, 3-course meal to neighbourhood residents who had been invited in to enjoy a restaurant dining experience.

This program broke barriers, biases, and created moments of connection between individuals who might otherwise never interact with each other. These moments inspired 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 look forward to the day we can connect through these initiatives once again and are grateful for the connections and moments we shared in these spaces.