Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks Work Towards a Poverty Free BC
Lettuce Turnip the Beet on Poverty Reduction Campaign
Meet CCEC Member, Vancouver Neighbouhood Food Networks (VNFN) and Ian Marcuse, long-time CCEC Member who is one of the sponsors for this group. Ian works for the Grandview Woodland Food Connection, one of the 14 neighbourhoods across Vancouver who belong to this Food Network.
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 Neighbourhood Food Networks are proud to join the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, Raise the Rates BC and the BC Federation of Labour and many other groups to Rally for a Poverty Free BC. We understand that lack of food access is largely a consequence of poverty.
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.
Here are some suggestions:
- Ask people to sign our online petition.
- Write to your member of the Legislative Assembly, find their contact here, and Premier Christy Clark and Leader of the Opposition John Horgan saying welfare needs to raise now by hundreds of dollars a month.
- Go to the ‘Take Action’ section of our website (https://welfarefoodchallenge.org/take-action/), and do some of the suggested actions.
- 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.
Rory Sutherland, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
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.
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
May 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.
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.
SATURDAY APRIL 9
DINNER PARTY YVR – TICKETS $50 EACH
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