Bumpin Bakery was founded in October of 2014 by a group of highschool students living and studying in Vancouver. In the period prior to the organization’s creation, the founders had begun feeling increasingly frustrated about being in Vancouver their whole lives without ever seeing or understanding the experiences of those living on the impoverished streets of the DTES.
They had heard many stories, listened to media coverage and, like many individuals in Vancouver, formed negative opinions of the area and its residents. However, with time and a growing number of trips down to the corner of Main and Hastings, they were surprised to find that the stories and stigmas that were passed onto them were not giving a complete picture of the situation. While significant social issues exist, they found the majority of residents to be kind, genuine, and doing their best to navigate the often unjust path that brought them to this place. Bumpin was therefore created to help students understand, connect with and provide necessary services to the deserving and at times forgotten people of this community
The organization has not missed a Sunday service in over 4 years, with the number of consecutive deliveries totalling over 225. Furthermore, over 70,000 baked goods and 300 litres of coffee has been distributed, since the organization first began its service. Lastly, hundreds of highschool and university students have been able to volunteer with the organization and contribute to a positive change in their community.