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5 Tips for a Conscious Thanksgiving.

The trees are changing colours, and soon our streets will be covered with orange and yellow leaves. These are some of the early signs that turkey season is coming soon with its festivities and conventionalism.  There is no doubt that many of us out-do ourselves in our wholehearted efforts to host a big feast for our loved ones, and unfortunately, consumption and waste are a major reality this time of the year. This 2021, let’s challenge ourselves to be even better-rounded and aware humans by adding new traditions to our holidays.

 Tips:

1)  Learn Your Real History :

Most of us have heard the inaccurate American story of the Pilgrims inviting Indigenous People to sit down together for a feast to appreciate the fall    harvest – wrong. In Turtle Island (Canada), Indigenous Peoples came together long before colonization to express gratitude over a large exquisite meal for the fall and winter harvest that Mother Nature provided them.

2) Include an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

 This weekend, think about including a land acknowledgment before or during your thanksgiving meal. Acknowledge the territory you are gathering in. Give thanks to the Indigenous stewards of the territory you are gathering from for allowing you to live, play, and work in their unceded and ancestral lands.

3) Trash the Basics

You do not have to stick to dry turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Embrace the diversity within your community and put a little bit of your roots at the dinner table.

 4) Use Smaller Plates

It is almost a tradition that people stuff themselves during the holidays and serve themselves bigger portions than what they regularly eat. A lot of food goes to waste because your stomach still has the same food storage capacity.  So this time around, give your brain the illusion that it is eating more by using smaller plates.

 5) Go Small or Go Home

  This time around, try to consume only what you absolutely need for this feast. You do not need to have a gigantic meal for a family of 4 or 6. Plan ahead and count your exact portions.

Quest Outreach Society is grateful for the $25,000 grant from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) through its Local Food

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Infrastructure Fund (LFIF), which assisted us with the acquisition of a new 5-tonne reefer truck for use in our Food Recovery & Redistribution Program which makes healthy, affordable food and important necessities accessible to food insecure individuals across the Lower Mainland.

News Bites: a little something to chew on from Quest…

2021 Update (Jan-May 2021)

Over the last 5 months, the Quest team has become more resilient and engaged, and we are more committed than ever to providing the best shopping experience for our customers.

Executive Director Update – Thank you to our Interim Executive Director, Lillian White for five months of dedicated leadership.  We are pleased to announce that our new Executive Director, Theodora Lamb will join Quest on June 28th.

Growing Fresher by the Day – In collaboration with customers, staff members, and key stakeholders, Quest developed and implemented a strategy to ensure a reliable supply of key fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Just a couple months into the program, we have seen an average daily increase of 40% in sales and are looking forward to seeing that number climb in the months ahead. In order to support our commitment to fresher product we are expanding our cooler capacity by 230 sq. ft. which will allow us to accommodate another 16 pallets of perishable product. 

Dairy & Protein Join the “Fresher” Movement The focus on fresh fruits and veggies has been so successful, Quest has decided to expand the Fresher by the Day Program to include high demand protein and dairy products, ensuring our customers have a consistent and varied selection of these items, all day, every day.

Access to healthy affordable food and reducing hunger with dignity for those in need is best captured in the words of Quest customers and staff:

“Fresh Foods are essential for healthy diets and I give you folks full marks for the produce area- selection is broader and the display presentation is much improved.” (Quest Market Customer)

“Quest is on a mission to provide good quality fresh produce to our customers on a daily basis. I am happy and proud to be a part of the Quest team and working for a good cause.” (Wen C)

Focus on Quality and Safety – To further sustain the fresh food strategy, Quest recently installed remote temperature controls in the coolers and freezers of our five markets and our distribution center to improve quality, food safety and reduce waste.

New Wheels for Quest A new 5-ton reefer truck will join the Quest fleet in mid-July, allowing us to collect and redistribute more food, safely and reliably, throughout the Lower Mainland. The acquisition of this truck was made possible in part by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food through its Local Food Infrastructure Fund.  We are grateful for this invaluable support.

Shopping at Quest With an automated referral process, and new customer photo ID, it’s never been easier to become a customer at Quest.

Re-opening Update – As the COVID-19 provincial re-opening plan advances, Quest is looking forward to welcoming back our corporate volunteer groups (maximum 6 people), increasing the number of shoppers in our markets at any given time and extending our market hours. 

AGM Update- More information on the AGM time and date to follow. We apologize for the delay, but unforeseen events related to our bylaws and virtual meeting during the pandemic have arisen and need to be resolved before we can proceed.

Markets Opening hours and locations

Vancouver - 2020 Dundas Street

Tel: 604-602-0186
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:45pm
Saturday: 9am – 3:45pm
Sunday and Holidays: Closed

Vancouver - 611 E. Hastings

Tel: 604-605-0735
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:45pm
Saturday: 9am – 3:45pm
Sunday : 11am-3pm

Holidays : Closed

 

Surrey - 13890 104 Avenue

Tel: 604-588-3476
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:45pm
Saturday: 9am – 3:45pm
Sunday – 12pm – 4pm
Holidays: Closed

Burnaby - 7753 6th Street

Burnaby Market Temporarily Closed.

Tel: 604-553-0636
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:45pm
Saturday: 9am – 3:45pm
Sunday – 10am – 3pm
Holidays: Closed

North Van. - 167 1st Street East

(Market Entrance from Lolo Lane)
Tel: 604-566-0110
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:45pm
Saturday: 9am – 3:45pm
Sunday and Holidays: Closed