Nominees for the Roger Inman award: VNFN members with Raise the Rates and Sanctuary Health
Last night, the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks attended the CCEC Credit Union AGM as a shortlisted nominee for the Roger Inman Memorial Award, which is given annually in recognition of a project that has made a significant contribution to the economic development of the community. (more…)
This month, we are excited to highlight the work of our network member, Little Mountain-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network in the Little Mountain-Riley Park neighbourhood.
Growing, Harvesting, Sharing and Gathering: Celebrating the First Year in the Riley Park Community Garden
Building a community space tackling food insecurity while enhancing community engagement.
“I’m so happy I get to see all the amazing work being done in this garden and community, especially during this special tomato festival.”
– The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP Vancouver Granville
Planting the seeds for the garden started more than 3 years ago. Following the demolishment of the Riley Park Community Centre in 2012, there was a need for an alternative community gathering place. The Parks Board master plan for the Riley Park redevelopment included a community garden, which presented the opportunity to both strengthen connections and build new connections to the neighbourhood.
The garden, the fieldhouse and the Neighbourhood Food Network Coordinator, are projects of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Over the past few years, we hosted conversations with community members, groups and organizations and established that the garden would aim to address the issues of food security and community involvement.
Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks wrote a letter to Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to address the work being done to lift those living in poverty through important systems-level change.
This includes increasing income assistance rates and disability benefits, affordable housing (specifically supportive and social housing) affordable childcare, living wages, affordable education, and reducing marginalization.
Send questions or additional resources to Tyler (Mt Pleasant – foodnetcoord[at]mpnh.org) or Dounia (DTES Kitchen Tables – dounia[at]potluckcatering.com).
*DTES Kitchen Tables Project recognizes that there are organizations which deliver many additional free meal programs which are reserved for specific groups or facilities in the DTES (ie; resident meal programs, community kitchens). These are not included in this list.
The Challenge is for one week, eating only what can be purchased with $19, the amount of money a welfare recipient receives.
Even with the $100/month raise implemented by the new BC government, this amount is not enough. A single person on welfare receives only $710/month, which provides only $19/week for food.
With the rising cost of rent, lack of rent control, exorbitant cost of living in the city, this is only $1 more per week than the Challenge in 2016. Raise the Rates is working to raise public awareness of the extreme poverty of people on welfare; and how there needs to be more action and commitment to see rates raised so people on welfare can live with dignity.
The Challenge will start on Wednesday, November 1st and run for a full 7 days. Participants will be expected to live on only the food they can purchase with $19 dollars. This calculation is based on the expectation that welfare recipients will have to pay rent and damage deposit, bus tickets and cell phone (necessary to look for work and contact the welfare office) and personal hygiene. Out of $710 there is still very little money left for food.
Food assets are places where people can grow, prepare, share, buy, receive or learn about food. Community organizations and schools are included on the map because they are places where community members can get support with learning and health or connect with others in their community.
In case you missed it, check out the spectacular photos of the Wild Salmon Caravan parade from Saturday, October 7, 2017.
Drumming, regalia, costumes, floats, signs, banners and more all express our love for, celebration of, and deep concern to protect Wild Salmon. Led by Salish Matriarchs, the parade started at the Native Friendship Centre and walked up Commercial Drive to Trout lake where a salmon ceremony was held at the lake then followed by an amazing salmon feast, speakers, and performances.