Musqueam Territory / Richmond, B.C.,

YVR and Quest Outreach Society prepare 1500 hampers during 13th Annual Holiday Hamper Drive

Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) hosted its 13th Annual Hamper Drive event in partnership with Quest Outreach Society, preparing 1500 hampers for families in time for the holiday season.

The YVR-Quest pop-up market – a favourite from last year – was back this year and YVR employees, partners, passengers and the community came together to fill the hampers with meal essentials and festive favourites to ensure satisfying meals could be delivered to families facing food insecurity across the Lower Mainland this holiday season.  For the past 13 years, Quest has been an important and valued community partner of YVR, driven by shared a commitment to provide complete holiday meals for thousands of British Columbians. 

Food insecurity remains a reality for far too many — and the challenges persist as the cost of food continues to rise. Quest goes above and beyond each year and took proactive steps this season, securing over 1,500 antibiotic-free and halal certified turkeys from a local producer for families to enjoy. Other essentials included fresh local produce, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy, and a sweet holiday treat.

This year we’ve really focused on the principles of access and education. Access looks like better grocery items including a larger free-run Halel certified turkey, organic poultry herbs, and a Gift Certificate to Quest. Education includes the commitment we made to featuring recipes created for Quest clients and translated across multiple languages. We’ve never distributed this many hampers before and it’s only possible thanks to the support and partnership we have with YVR.

Theodora Lamb, Quest Executive Director

New this year was a special cooking demonstration with chef and writer, Emily Lycopolus, author of Cedar and Salt. Emily shared with attendees interesting holiday recipes that feature items from the hamper including her Simply Roast Turkey Recipe with organic poultry herbs and Orange and Beet Salad. In total, Emily developed five unique recipes that incorporate holiday hamper items paying close attention to the time it takes an individual to prepare them. 

The 1500 hampers that were assembled at YVR this year will help ensure upwards of 9,000 British Columbians are able to sit down for a complete meal this holiday season. As a part of the program, YVR also facilitates the distribution of these hampers.

Food is an important and integral part of our cultures and our communities, and I am continually inspired by the generosity and efforts of our employees, partners and the public in giving back to the community. The work we do together to support Quest’s goals continues to make a positive difference in the lives of so many British Columbians this holiday season.

Tamara Vrooman, YVR President and CEO

Since 2011, the YVR community has come together to provide nearly 95,000 holiday meals to local families.

About YVR

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together and thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.

YVR Media Relations