A huge thank you to Whole Foods for their generous support of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks. Money will be used to support various VNFN community food access programs across Vancouver.
Across Vancouver, networks of committed people are focusing on food justice and resilience at the neighbourhood level. Creation of these Neighbourhood Food Networks (NFNs) represent the will of community members, organizations, and agencies to collaborate on community-based food initiatives and programs. VNFNs provide a space for NFN representatives from across the city to collaborate, share best practices and advocate for food justice with a unified voice.
Community and school gardens connect people around the rich experience of growing food and foster environmental stewardship.
Celebrations involving food meet physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs, while at the same time increase community awareness around food security and reduce social isolation.
Accessing food includes drop-in meals, bulk buying clubs, mobile produce markets, emergency food access, and more. We acknowledge and work to break down barriers that prevent people from accessing nutrient-rich, affordable, and personally acceptable food.
NFNs share knowledge and resources around every level of our food systems. Education and engagement takes the form of workshops, community kitchens, lectures and films, advocacy, and research.
Chickpea Events this week:
Monday at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House is the Newcomers Community Kitchen;
Tuesday is Seniors Lunch at Kits Neighbourhood House;
Thursday at Cityview Church is the Open Table Lunch;
Friday at Little Mountain is the Community Meal and at Strathcona CC is the backpack program that will include the chickpeas;
Sunday the Grandview Woodland Food Connection will be serving up humus as part of its Film Fundraiser for the Wild Salmon Caravan
Schedule of activities coming soon.
Grain, Janna and Shara pictured, who won the Supplier of the Year Award from Vancouver Magazine, donated a ton (yes, almost 2,00 lbs) of beans to Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and we distributed to food security programs city-wide.
Join us as celebrate Chickpea Fest including hummus making + all things chickpea in the Year of the Pulses. It is estimated that one in five Vancouver households report some level of food insecurity.
Check out the recently published article in the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) Social Justice newsletter titled Food Justice: Setting the Table for Everyone (page 10) written by Ian Marcuse, Coordinator of the Grandview Woodland Food Connection.
Here’s how it works: Hobby chefs — aka people who love to cook and entertain — host dinner parties across Vancouver in support of their favourite charities. Diners (aka you!) select a meal to attend and have an awesome night out, meeting new friends, and then joining up with all of the other dinner party guests, Hobby Chefs, charity representatives and partners at the after party.
SATURDAY APRIL 9
DINNER PARTY YVR – TICKETS $50 EACH
Our hosts in support of the VNFNs:
A big thank you to Homestead Junction for their generous donation of $543 to the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks. Please help support the VNFNs by supporting Homestead Junction who are donating 1% of membership sales to our group.
Check out their website – http://www.homesteadjunction.ca – A one-stop shop for urban homesteading. Supplies, workshops, and resources for cheese making, preserving, baking, beekeeping, micro-livestock, and more!
Announcing through to the end of the year, Havana Restaurant on Commercial Drive is donating $1 from each dessert to the Vancouver Neigbhourhood Food Networks.
Thank you to the participating businesses who partnered with the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks to raise funds for our work. Participating businesses donated proceeds from their special promotions to your local neighbourhood food network and to the citywide Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks during the month of October, 2015. Participating businesses included:
7th Annual Sustenance Festival
October 13-25, 2015
A city-wide festival with local food-inspired workshops, exhibitions, talks, walks, dances and more – all taking place in community centres and public spaces throughout Vancouver.
Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Food Networks are hosting a variety of events and workshops throughout the city. See the full schedule at http://sustenancefestival.ca/.
7th Annual Sustenance Festival Special Event
Fri, Oct 16th
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
7pm-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
A wildly entertaining show featuring a variety of fun and cheeky performances centered on the theme of “Food Justice” – activism no laughing matter?? Once you are treated to the comedic delights of the hilarious MC and local performers, you just may eat your words! You might even walk away with a deeper understanding of the relationship of food to social justice as it plays out in our communities. This a social event for people of all ages. Snack, chat and have fun!
Check out www.sustenancefestival.ca for an updated performance list.
Does food matter to you? New public opinion data shows that food is one of the most important issues for voters. Lets make sure food matters to our politicians! Join Gordon Neighbourhood House, Vancouver Food Policy Council, BC Food Systems Network, Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, and the Vancouver Urban Farming Society for a conversation with local candidates on the creation of a national food policy. Refreshments will be made available. There will be Voter Registration available after the event. RSVP today!
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