Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is home to many, and within this community are individuals with compromised immune systems due to homelessness and addictions. Unable to secure food with sufficient nutrition, these individuals experience involuntary weight loss and other effects resulting from malnourishment. Lack of necessary nutrients eventually affects the body and brain’s overall well-being and ability to function adequately, putting many individuals at risk of mental and physical illness.

Dedicated to the betterment of the most vulnerable members of our community, The Bloom Group addresses this health concern through the Ensure program. This program distributes nutrient-filled beverages at a discounted rate for the benefit of individuals who are at risk of malnourishment or cannot handle solid foods.

Ensure Beverages

Ensure is a meal supplement with concentrated calories and protein to help individuals maintain or gain healthy weight. As the #1 doctor-recommended brand, it delivers complete and balanced nutrition. We provide four different levels of tasty meal supplement beverages, including solutions for those living with diabetes:

Ensure® Original

  • 9 grams of high-quality protein
  • 27 essential vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants
  • 25% of the daily value of B vitamins to support brain health
  • Gluten-free
  • Suitable for lactose intolerance

Ensure® PLUS

  • 16 grams of high-quality protein
  • 27 essential vitamins and minerals
  • 350 nutritious calories
  • Gluten-free
  • Suitable for lactose intolerance

Ensure® High Protein

  • 16 grams of high-quality protein to support muscle health
  • 27 essential vitamins and minerals
  • Key nutrients for immune system health
  • 160 nutritious calories
  • 4 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fat
  • Gluten-free
  • Suitable for lactose intolerance
  • Assists with wound healing


  • Nutritional drink with low glycemic index and a special blend of carbohydrates which may trigger a smaller spike in blood sugar.
  • High in protein and fiber.
  • Contains 26 vitamins and minerals.
  • A convenient light meal replacement or snack.
  • Low sugar for diabetic diets.

Access and Prices

Ensure case (24 bottles) $32

Glucerna (24 bottles) $45

*Important Notice*

March 2023

To: Ensure Customers

The Bloom Group is experiencing unprecedented inventory shortages of Ensure products due to supply and staffing issues at the manufacturer, Abbott Labs. As a result, we’ve reduced the hours we are open for pickup. We have also restricted our sales to clients who are registered with the Ministry of Social Services, or who are residents of Nicholson Tower. Please contact your case worker to inquire about registration with the Ministry.

Please note, the selection of flavours available has also been limited by the lack of inventory.

Our DTES location will only be open every second Thursday from 10am to 12pm (March 23, and every two weeks after that).

We appreciate these restrictions may be disappointing to customers and are currently exploring all options at this time to resolve this situation fully. We regret further restrictions may become necessary. We will provide updates as the situation evolves.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to find a solution.

Please forward this notice to your clients and anyone who may be affected.

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Where to Get your Dietary Beverages?

Location 1: 315B Powell Street
Date: Every Other Thursdays Only
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Thursday July 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday August 10th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday August 24th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday September 7th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday September 21th 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location 2: 1115 Nelson Street
Date: Every Thursday (For residents of this building Only)
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM