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The VanDyck Foundation

The VanDyck Foundation is a private operating foundation governed by a restricted charitable purpose trust (governing document), rather than a Board of Directors. Leah Dyck is the Trustee, and she’s also the Founder of the Fresh Food Weekly nutrition-based intervention program, which is run through The VanDyck Foundation. 

 

The mission statement for The VanDyck Foundation is: “Providing a free, fresh and locally-sourced food delivery service to low-income families”.

Charitable Status No. 77364 5148 RR0001

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Leah has been living in public housing since 2008, and has only ever had low-wage jobs despite the fact that she completed three college programs between 2009 and 2014; in Advertising, Social Media (Honour’s roll) and Fundraising (Honour’s roll). As a result, she's since gained a full comprehension of the social assistance programming currently available to people struggling to live, having made good use of them all for one-and-a-half decades.

 

Lived Experience has played a key role in the development of Fresh Food Weekly. The program itself was designed, founded by, and continues to be run by one of its own recipients; Leah Dyck. 

Our Business
Principals

  • Ensure sound stewardship of donor funds by having protocols put in place to ensure beneficiaries are actually of vulnerable population groups. This is done through proof-of-income documentation. 

  • Only purchase food at a discount - our buying power allows us to do this. Never pay retail prices. 

  • Buy locally as much as possible. 

  • Serve the most vulnerable population groups first. 

  • Build a brand with a strong public-facing (a brand that engages in the community, i.e., the kid’s cooking workshops are an excellent example of achieving this).

  • Never stop evolving and adapting the program to have the highest impact possible on the lives of the people it serves. 

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“No one truly understands what it’s like to live in poverty without living in it themselves for at least a decade. It’s wrong. It’s inhumane. And someone needs to do something about it.” 

- Leah Dyck

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