This month, we are excited to highlight the work of our network member, Cedar Cottage Food Network in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood.
Cedar Cottage Food Network’s longest running and most popular program is their mobile markets.
Mobile markets travel throughout the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood to set-up pop-up produce markets.
The goal of this program is to increase food access in the community and tackle issues of both affordability and physical access.
Mobile markets address affordability by selling fresh, affordable produce, that is local and organic whenever possible, at a subsidized rate of 70% of wholesale costs.
They tackle issues of physical access by bringing the market to the community at multiple locations, addressing issues of food deserts (places where there are no nearby grocery stores) and travel for seniors and those with disabilities.
Cedar Cottage Food Network is now presenting a brand new market on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Calling all community service providers!
Have you heard about the Vancouver Food Asset Map?
This map highlights the many food resources available across Vancouver neighbourhoods.
Mapping food assets helps highlight the strengths, gaps and areas for improvement in our local food systems.
Community service providers (such as yourself!) can use these maps to help themselves or their clients access food, enhance food literacy, and build community connections.
We invite you to come be a part of an exciting project to help improving food accessibility in your local community!
The cause of local food insecurity is deeply intertwined with the roots of poverty. As individuals and families in Vancouver are increasingly unable to afford the rising cost of living, they are forced to make hard decisions about their food choices. While empowering people with skills and knowledge is important, we must also address the many root causes that contribute to food insecurity.
Community pressure has pushed the government to commit to a poverty reduction strategy. Now we need community action to ensure that it’s a strong plan with legislated targets and timelines. You can be a part of this effort to make BC’s government take action against poverty.
The BC government is currently asking British Columbian residents about what should be included in a Poverty Reduction Strategy. It’s now more important than ever that the provincial government hear our collective voice loud and clear highlighting the pillars of a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan.
Use the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s easy email form to send a message to the government consultations.
They have put together a guide sharing the key messages and policies to highlight in the consultations.
For inspiration, check out our submission here.
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.
Congratulations to Sanctuary Health who took home first prize for Roger Inman Memorial Award. They are doing really important work to support refugee and migrant health in Vancouver. It was an honour to be shortlisted alongside them and Raise the Rates, who are both doing really significant advocacy work.
Thanks again to CCEC for the recognition for our work.
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.
Read our letter to Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
If you would like to contact Shane Simpson about this issue, you can reach his office at 250-356-7750 and email@example.com.