Save On Meats first opened its doors in 1957 and since then, has witnessed decades of change in the Downtown Eastside. What started out as a butcher shop on a once bustling Hastings Street, has grown and evolved to accommodate the area its situated in.
The Downtown Eastside has a staggering homeless population and is often labeled as Canada’s poorest postal code. Food security is nearly non-existent in this community, adding to the cycle of poverty and making it hard for people to pull themselves out.
Through their social programs, Save On Meats has become a staple in the Downtown Eastside. In their attempt to make life a little easier for residents, Save On Meats partners with many social enterprises. They have joined forces with A Better Life Foundation, Atira and BC Housing in order to offer people in the community hot, filling meals and a comfortable social environment.