Hundreds Of Pizzas Delivered To The Homeless In Warming Centers Across Vancouver

December 24, 2022

Delivery drivers dropped off more than 100 hot pizzas to warming centers across Vancouver, thanks to a local writer.

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Helping the homeless in Vancouver

As temperatures dropped to -20 degrees this week in Vancouver, homeless guests filled warming centers across the city -- but these emergency centers generally do not offer meals to guests.

On Wednesday, Gabrielle Peters, a disabled writer and policy analyst in Vancouver, sent out a tweet asking for deals from pizza shops to help feed the homeless staying in warming centers.

"I knew that there was nothing there, really, for people to eat. There was coffee and tea and that was about it," Peters told CTV News. "I thought hey, what if we sent pizzas?"

That tweet received a boost from Mo Amir, host of "This is Vancolour" which brought in a steady stream of small donations.

Peters had suddenly raised more than $3,000, which was enough to provide pizzas to 15 different warming centers across the city.

According to CTV News, pizzas were delivered that night to Aboriginal Front Door, Atira Women's Society, Cascades Church, Directions Youth Centre, Gathering Place, the Langara YMCA, Marpole Neighourhood House, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Powell Street Gateway, Salvation Army Belkin House, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and the West End Community Centre.

Since donations continued to come in the next day - including two donations of $500 a piece – Peters ended up having 57 more pies delivered to 10 locations on Thursday.

Peters said she could not have been happier with how the week unfolded.

"Community is a verb, not just a noun," she said. "It's the act of doing. It's being present and making things happen in whatever way you can."

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