Vancouver Island change community

Farquhar Street Building (moving to new location July 29)
Wed: 10am - 2pm
drive thru & walk in

Important Notice: The Farquhar Street free food market will be moving to Nanaimo Native Victory Church on Monday, July 29th. 471 Irwin Street. The drive through will also be permanently closed.  We appreciate your patience with this change and look forward to continuing service through this new location.

Regular Hamper and Fresh Eats (fresh food) Hamper by Drive Through and Walk In

1009 Farquhar Street

Accessibility: Fully accessible. Walk in involves waiting in line.

Please note: If you are registering for the first time or doing a 6 month re-registration at our Farquhar free food market, please do not join the drive-thru line-up, but park across from the Farquhar depot and walk in to see our on-site computer clerk. After you have registered your household you can then utilize the drive-thru for the next 6 months by showing your ID through the drivers side window.

*Please see below regarding ID requirements and don't forget to bring your own bags*

How often can I get food?

In addition to a "Regular (or "Full") Hamper" once every 2 weeks, you can access what we call a "Fresh Eats" Hamper 7 days a week at our Free Food Markets.

How do I register to get food?

Once every 6 months you must show 1 piece of government issued ID for each person in your household you want to collect food for.

A photocopy of ID is acceptable - photos on phones are not acceptable

*You do not need to provide proof of address or income to access food*

Please note: We only ask if you have an address, and what type of income you receive, if any, when you first register. These general statistics allow us to advocate for our services and your personal information is kept strictly confidential. 

What is considered acceptable government issued ID?

  • Drivers License or Health Care Card
  • BCID or BC Services Card
  • Social Insurance Number Card
  • First Nations Status Card
  • Birth Certificate or Birth Bracelet
  • Passport
  • Permanent Residency Papers
  • Visa Documents
  • City Issued Bus Pass or Recreation Pass
  • Corrections Card
  • What if I don't have government issued ID?

We can only serve food 3 times in a 6 month period without ID.

In Nanaimo, visit the Service BC office at 460 Selby Street for help obtaining identification.

What kinds of foods are included in a hamper?

Our Free Food Markets operate using a shopping model so you will be able to choose your own food from the items available.

Fresh Eats Hamper: Produce and bread (available each day a free food market is open)
Regular or Full Hamper: Produce, bread, various canned and packaged goods, frozen meat, dairy and deli items (available every 2 weeks).

How much food will I get?

Amounts of food vary based on what has been donated to or sourced by Loaves & Fishes. Our goal is to provide each household with 2 - 3 days worth of food in the Regular Hamper and an abundance of fresh produce and bread with the Fresh Eats Hampers.

What if I can't make it to a Free Food Market?

If you and your household are already registered, you make give your original or photocopied government issued ID to someone else to collect food for you (a "3rd Party Pickup"). Those collecting food for you must also show their own original or photocopied government issued ID as well. Photos on phones are not accepted. 


  • Sunday : Closed
  • Monday : Closed
  • Tuesday : Closed
  • Wednesday : 10am - 2pm
  • Thursday : Closed
  • Friday : Closed
  • Saturday : Closed