The VNFN’s are a grassroots network of people, organizations and agencies collaborating on food initiatives to ensure that all community members have access to healthy, culturally appropriate and sustainably produced food. Ian says, “We know that food brings people together and help to build connections, but it also divides us as a community. There are too many people that don’t have enough money to pay for food.” Financial constraints have been identified as an underlying cause of food insecurity by groups including the Dieticians of Canada.
The Vancouver Neighborhood Food Networks helped get out the vote with our Lettuce Turnip the Heat on poverty reduction. Partnering with the Food Bank, several of the VNFNs tabled at local Food Bank depots providing information of voter registration and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s poverty reduction plan for which many Food Bank members were interested to receive the information. The tabling went well and we look forward to more poverty reduction advocacy in the near future.
For the campaign, we have developed a fact sheet for each day, with some copy, to be shared on social media. Please see below for the schedule and content to be shared! It would be amazing to have as many networks as possible sharing these.
This is our chance to raise our voices together and show candidates in the provincial election that we’ll be voting for politicians that commit to a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan.
There will be a week of action leading up to the rally (Feb. 25 – Mar. 3) with each day of the week lined up with an essential pillar of an effective poverty reduction plan. There will be film screenings, panel discussions, webinars and more. Stay tuned for more information!
Poverty Free BC Rally Saturday, March 4th 2017, 12-2pm Vancouver Public Library, Robson side
Thank you to all who supported the Raise the Rates 2016 Welfare Food Challenge. Those of us who participated in the Challenge learned first hand of the harsh experience of people in our province who are having to survive on the current social assistance rates. Eating on $18 week is extremely cruel.
Now that the Challenge is over, let’s funnel the energy and enthusiasm into action.
Tell people about our new campaign, called We Can’t Afford Poverty. We Can’t Afford Poverty is an arts-based campaign that is aiming to keep poverty and homelessness at the forefront of the coming election campaign. By signing onto our mailing list, people will be tapped into Raise the Rates’ action campaign as we move towards the election.
Donate the money saved on food purchases this week to Raise the Ratesto help support and broaden our campaign efforts. Paste this link into your browser for the online donation form: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2022&AID=4470. The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition will pass on the money to Raise the Rates as we don’t have an online form.
Thank you for helping to raise the rates and end poverty in BC.
Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks participated in the 2016 Challenge. Read some of their stories below.
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.
The 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.