Food Programs

Food Programs

Free freezer meals for families affected by childhood cancer & blood disorders

Childhood cancer and blood disorders turn families' lives upside down. Whether you're getting your head around a new diagnosis, going through a treatment journey, or adjusting to life outside of the hospital bubble, getting dinner on the table can be a real challenge.

 

West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation provides nourishing meals to families at the hospital and at home at no cost. Our meals cater to a range of cultural preferences and dietary needs, because comfort food means food that works for your family.

Total units of food provided

Since program launch in April 2020.
Food at the Hospital

Food at the Hospital

WCK has a dedicated freezer in the Family Lounge on the 8th floor of BC Children's Hospital. It is filled weekly with nourishing meals - please help yourself!

We're here to nourish families on the childhood cancer or blood disorder journey. We deliver up to 200 easy-to-heat meals and hundreds of snacks every week for inpatient families. We also provide meals and snacks for outpatient families, because they can face long days in the hospital too.

A photo of a full WCK freezer with many different meals in it – burritos, butter chicken, pot pies, and more
A photo of a woman taking a meal out of the freezer.

Looking for something else?

Would you like to see a meal added or have a suggestion? Email us at [email protected] to let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

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WCK volunteers Rachele and Janet in the office helping to pack snacks

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Karin in the WCK office, smiling at a volunteer.

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Kristen and her family standing outside their house smiling at the camera.

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Hey! I'm Alice.

Want to learn more about WCK Food Programs? Reach out to our Food Programs Coordinator Alice Cheung at alice.cheung[at]wckfoundation.ca.