REPORTS

  • FIRST-EVER IMPACT REPORT SPOTLIGHTS 109,900 MEALS SHARED IN COMMUNITY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: News, Reports // June 26, 2019

    Inaugural impact report from Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks highlights city-wide food security efforts in 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 26, 2019  

    VANCOUVER, BC– Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks provided affordable meals, food skills programs, and social connections to over 30,000 people in 2018, as indicated in their inaugural impact report.

    “This report has been a long time coming,” says community food programmer Ian Marcuse from Grandview Woodland Food Connection at Britannia Community Centre. “We have seen a significant spike in use of our food services in recent years. With the rising cost of rent and food, families are forced to cut costs wherever possible. This impact report from the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks provides crucial data on food access and services city-wide.”

    Diverse group of women participate in a community kitchen at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
    Program participants learn new food skills and share meals together.

    Combining the need for affordable meals with the need for more social spaces in Vancouver, Vancouver Food Networks served more than 109,000 community meals in 2018, according to the report. On average, these meals cost between $3.00 to $7.00 and offered an affordable menu of seasonal and cultural home-style dishes.

    Beyond serving meals, the report indicates Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks coordinated over 1,100 skill-building workshops, which generate lasting effects on community members’ well being: “I have grown because I cook better…when you cook and it’s really good and healthy, you feel proud and you get the courage to try new things,” shares a workshop participant from Mount Pleasant Food Network.

    Read the full impact report for more details on Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network’s city-wide initiatives in 2018, including fresh food distribution, seasonal celebrations, community and school gardens, and more.

    Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks are made up of 15 community organizations committed to promoting food security across Vancouver. Based on the belief that all members of society have the right to quality food, they are committed to food equity and access, education, skill building, and advocacy, particularly for community members who struggle economically.

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    Contact: Erica Isomura, Communications and Network Developer
    info@vancouverfoodnetworks.com

  • FOOD COSTS RISING IN BC: LACK OF INCOME REMAINS CAUSE OF FOOD INSECURITY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Dignified Food Access, Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables, Food Justice, Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Poverty Reduction, Reports, Resources // December 22, 2018

    Average monthly cost to feed a family of four in Vancouver is $1,098

    With the rising cost of food, housing and overall living, the issue of addressing hunger requires a multi-dimensional approach. It does not exist on its own.

    The latest Food Costing in BC report highlights the increasing cost of food. Produced by the BC Centre for Disease Control and Provincial Health Services Authority, this report breaks down the cost of a nutritionally adequate diet.

    The cost to feed an average family of four in B.C. each month has risen by $151 over the past six years. (Image from BC Centre for Disease Control)

    The data in this report represents the “average monthly cost of a nutritionally adequate, balanced diet in BC based on the National Nutritious Food Basket and provides insight into the effects of household food insecurity on individuals and families.”

    “….the root cause of household food insecurity isn’t the price of food – it’s lack of income.”

    BC Centre for Disease Control, Food Cost in BC 2017 report

    Not surprisingly, food costs have been increasing by over 4% on average since 2015. The average monthly cost for a family of four in Vancouver is estimated at $1,098.

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  • NEIGHBOURHOOD FOOD NETWORKS: CASE FOR SUPPORT

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Reports // February 27, 2015

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    Want to learn more about who we are and what we do as Neighbourhood Food Networks? Check out our short Case for Support.

     Download the Case for Support here:

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  • VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH: COMMUNITY FOOD ACTION INITIATIVE – FULL REPORT

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Reports // January 13, 2015

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    Vancouver Coastal Health provides funding to several Neighbourhood Food Networks through its Community Food Action Initiative program.

    Read the full report from a 2011 evaluation on the program.

     Download the Evaluation Report here:

  • VCH CFAI EVALUATION EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Reports // January 13, 2015

    Vancouver Coastal Health provides funding to several Neighbourhood Food Networks through its Community Food Action Initiative program. Read the executive summary from a 2011 evaluation on the program.

     Download the Executive Summary here:

  • WHAT ARE NEIGHBOURHOOD FOOD NETWORKS?

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Reports // January 10, 2015

    What do we do as Neighbourhood Food Networks across the city? Read more to find out.

     Download the Backgrounder here:

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  • OUR STORIES: HARVESTING FOOD SECURITY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Reports // January 9, 2015

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    Harvesting Food Security is a collaborative project by the Neighbourhood Food Networks to share our collective stories and work together for the first time.

    This collection of stories offers a sense of what local Neighbourhood Food Networks are doing every day in their communities. Harvesting Our Stories is available as a downloadable PDF and iBook for download in iTunes.

     Download the book here:

     

    Download the iBook here through iTunes

     

  • REPORT: SUSTAINABILITY ON THE TABLE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Reports // September 3, 2014

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    This report presents the findings and recommendations of an extensive consultation process to suggest ways forward for sustaining Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Food Network (NFN) movement. The lead consultants worked with seven of Vancouver’s growing number of NFNs and approximately 75 key stakeholders to understand the key priorities, challenges, and strategic links for supporting multiple dimensions of sustaining NFNs including funding, developmental, relational, and in-kind support.

    A particular focus of the project is to make recommendations for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Food Action Initiative (CFAI) which has been supporting grassroots food action since 2005. This strategic sustainability plan was initiated by Vancouver Coastal Health to inform future allocation of the CFAI funding and has also been expanded to provide recommendations for the NFN movement at large and its various stakeholders in the interest of sustaining and growing this movement so it may further thrive.

     Download the report here:

    Sustainability On The Table