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

The Ensure program exists to facilitate access to dietary solutions such as Ensure and Glucerna for the marginalized population in Vancouver, British Columbia. However, we welcome and serve everyone!

*Important Notice*

September 14, 2022

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 are compelled to restrict the number of cases of Ensure sold.

Effective immediately, we are imposing a 3 case maximum per customer per week.

This limitation is in effect until further notice.

The selection of flavours available has also been limited by the lack of inventory.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Randy Larocque, Food Services Manager: rlarocque@thebloomgroup.org

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Where to Get your Dietary Beverages?

Date: Thursdays Only
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 315B Powell Street


A Case of Ensure (24 Bottles) – $32
A Case of Glucerna (24 Bottles) – $37

Payment & Purchase Info

We accept Cash, Credit Card, and Debit.
Clients can purchase a maximum of 3 cases.

Have any questions or concerns? Please get in touch with Randy via phone at 604-606-0343