Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks

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.

Upcoming Events. For events in your neighbourhood, please click on that network's link on the above map


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 22, 2016


    The Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks rallied support behind Raise the Rates’ 5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge, which began on October 16th, 2016, World Food Day.


    Explore more here.


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 17, 2016

    This year’s Welfare Food Challenge starts on October 16th and participants will be expected to purchase all of the food that they consume for 7 days with only $18. This is the amount that Raise the Rates, the organizer for the challenge, has calculated someone on welfare has left for food after paying their expenses. Last year the amount was $26, but the rising cost of rent has reduced the amount by $8 to a measly $18. It’s clearly impossible to adequately feed oneself with $18 per week and the Challenge emphasizes the absurdity of a social welfare system that produces such an outcome in a rich country.

    Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFNs) work to reduce food insecurity through initiatives such as community kitchens, food rescue, bulk buying, skills building workshops, meal programs, and advocacy, and recognize that policy action is needed to address the root causes. “Sadly, we are seeing a rise in demand and increasing waitlist for some of our food distribution programs….many people simply cannot afford to buy food when faced with the increased cost of living in Vancouver. People are forced to choose between paying rent and buying food. We recognize that the Welfare Food Challenge is not a Challenge that can be won” says Ian Marcuse of the Grandview Woodland Food Connection.

    Income assistance rates in BC have been stagnant for the last 9 years, with a single person receiving only $610 a month. This is not enough to support basic needs, nor positive health outcomes. Furthermore, these rates violate people’s human rights and basic dignity. The Dietitians of Canada (2016) point out that there are serious negative effects on physical and mental health when people cannot afford a healthy diet – food prices in BC have risen 12% since 2009 and “it is timely for further income and disability assistance reform so that more British Columbians can afford sufficient healthy food and meet their nutritional needs.”

    Raise the Rates’ Welfare Food Challenge draws attention to this issue from the lens of food insecurity. VNFNs support Raise the Rates’ call to action to raise income assistance rates recognizing that people require the financial means to purchase their own food, and will be participating in the Challenge. Charitable food solutions to hunger are not solving the problem: more than 12% of British Columbians remain food insecure even with substantial amounts of support from the charitable food sector. Local communities are doing their part and VNFNs call on the provincial government to increase food security by raising income assistance rates.

    VNFNs represent 12 neighbourhoods across Vancouver and engage with the most marginalized community members, witnessing first-hand the detrimental impact that barriers to accessing food and abject poverty can have on complex health conditions, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and cardiovascular disease. It is often those with the greatest need for high quality nutritious food that face the most difficult barriers to accessing it.

    Information on the Welfare Food Challenge can be found at:


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 2, 2016


    Nourish Our Neighbourhood is our annual fundraising campaign. One hundred percent of proceeds from this campaign will go to support community-based food initiatives in your community. 50% of net proceeds will be given in your neighbourhood and 50% will fund the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, our umbrella organization.

    We need your support! All throughout the month of October check out our amazing partners here.




    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // July 29, 2016

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    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.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // April 20, 2016

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    Chickpea Festival

    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


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // April 19, 2016

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    unnamedMay 1 – 9

    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.


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // April 2, 2016

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    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.



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // March 4, 2016

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    unnamedThe Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks are honored to be one of several recipients of this year’s Dinner Party YVR fundraising.

    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.



    Our hosts in support of the VNFNs:

    Bonita and Rossana “Sabores de México”: 8 seats available
    Lindsay and Brandi “Thai with a Twist”: 6 seats available
    Cassandra Anderton & Michael Smith, Good Life Vancouver
    Elise Barber, Collingwood Food Security Institute: 4 seats available

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // February 17, 2016

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    logo2A 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 – – A one-stop shop for urban homesteading. Supplies, workshops, and resources for cheese making, preserving, baking, beekeeping, micro-livestock, and more!


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // September 22, 2015

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    NYN POSTER Havana Dec 31-2

    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:

    • Havana Restaurant: $1 from each dessert throughout the month of October will be donated.
    • The Fish CounterPartial proceeds on October 17 Pink Salmon Day  donated with thanks to the FISH counter and the MV Pacific Provider.
    • Nester’s Market Main Street: A Healthy Gift Basket will be raffled off at Garden Fantasies: A Seed to Seed Event, hosted by the Little Mountain-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network, in partnership with the Terry Salmon VPL Branch and the Riley Park Hillcrest Community Association, on October 18th from 1-4pm at Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way.
    • Organic Acres – proceeds from the sale of winter squash.


    Download the event poster here>>


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