Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks

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The Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFN) are a network of community organizations committed to promoting food security in neighbourhoods across the City of Vancouver.

VNFN is committed to food equity and access, education, skill building, and advocacy, particularly for community members who are struggling economically. This work is based on the principle that all members of society have the right to quality food. VNFN provides a space for networks to collaborate, share best practices and advocate for food equity & justice, ecologically & culturally sustainable food systems, and community food resilience with a unified voice.

Visit the map to learn about a Neighbourhood Food Network in your community!


  • FOOD SECURITY FOR ALL

    Neighbourhood Food Networks break down barriers that prevent people from accessing nutrient-rich, affordable, and personally acceptable food.

    We increase access to food includes by offering drop-in meal programs, bulk buying clubs, mobile produce markets, emergency food access, community gardens, school gardens, and more.

  • EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT

    Neighbourhood Food Networks share knowledge and resources at every level of the food system through community-based education, advocacy, and research.

    We build food literacy by hosting workshops, community kitchens, lectures, films, and discussions.

  • BUILDING COMMUNITY

    Neighbourhood Food Networks’ celebrations and gatherings involve food to meet physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs.

    Our community events increase awareness around food security and reduce social isolation by helping neighbours meet neighbours.

  • FOOD JUSTICE & SOVEREIGNTY

    Neighbourhood Food Networks amplify and empower the voices of underrepresented communities in the local food system.

    We are working towards decolonizing food practices on Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Updates from VNFN including news and events. For the latest updates from your neighbourhood, please explore the map and visit their website directly.

  • VANCOUVER FOOD ASSET MAP

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Resources // October 16, 2017

    The Vancouver Food Asset Map highlights food assets located in Vancouver.

    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.

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  • WILD SALMON CARAVAN – VANCOUVER PARADE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, Events, Indigenous Food Sovereignty // October 12, 2017

    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.

    This initiative was supported by our Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, including Grandview Woodlands Food Connection, Cedar Cottage Food Network, and Little Mountain-Riley Park Food Network.

    All photos by Murray Rankin. Read the full blog post on the Grandview Woodlands Food Connection blog.

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  • FOOD + MIGRANT JUSTICE IN RENFREW COLLINGWOOD

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, Events, Food Justice, Migrant Justice, Neighbourhood Food Networks, Renfew Collingwood Food Security Institute // September 17, 2017

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    Our local Neighbourhood Food Networks are doing amazing work all across the city!

    This month, check out the work that our local Neighbourhood Food Network Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute is doing around themes of migrant + food justice and celebration.

    For more updates on the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, follow them on Facebook & WordPress

     

    Movie Night: Migrant Dreams

    Join our local Neighbourhood Food Network Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute for a film screening of MIGRANT DREAMS, a powerful documentary on Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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  • CCEC ARTICLE: TURNING UP THE BEET ON POVERTY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // June 15, 2017

    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.

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  • GET OUT THE VOTE TO END POVERTY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // May 18, 2017

    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.

  • LETTUCE TURNIP THE HEAT ON POVERTY REDUCTION

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // February 25, 2017

    We are pleased to present this campaign, Lettuce Turnip the Heat on Poverty Reduction – Vote! alongside the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s Poverty Free BC Action Week.

    February 25, 2017 to March 3, 2017 is a week of action, leading up to the Poverty Free BC Rally on March 4th. Each day of the week lines up with an essential pillar the proposed poverty reduction plan.  You can read more here: http://vancouverfoodnetworks.com/vote/

    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.

  • SUPPORT A POVERTY FREE BC

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // February 16, 2017

    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

  • WELFARE FOOD CHALLENGE – LET’S TAKE ACTION

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized // October 31, 2016

    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.

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    Ian Marcuse, Grandview Woodland Food Connection

    Raise the Rates Welfare Food Challenge Preparation

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    Laura Gair, South Vancouver Neighbouhood Food Network

    Raise the Rates Welfare Food Challenge Intro 

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    Chantille and Sebastian, Gordon Neighbourhood House

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    Rory Sutherland, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

    Whittam Family, Grandview Woodland Food Connection

    Read their story

  • VNFN SUPPORT THE 2016 WELFARE FOOD CHALLENGE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 22, 2016

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    The Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks rallied support behind Raise the Rates’ 5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge, which began on October 16th, 2016, World Food Day.

     

    Explore more here.

  • NEIGHBOURHOOD FOOD NETWORKS SUPPORT THE 2016 WELFARE FOOD CHALLENGE PRESS RELEASE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 17, 2016

    This year’s Welfare Food Challenge starts on October 16th and participants will be expected to purchase all of the food that they consume for 7 days with only $18. This is the amount that Raise the Rates, the organizer for the challenge, has calculated someone on welfare has left for food after paying their expenses. Last year the amount was $26, but the rising cost of rent has reduced the amount by $8 to a measly $18. It’s clearly impossible to adequately feed oneself with $18 per week and the Challenge emphasizes the absurdity of a social welfare system that produces such an outcome in a rich country.

    Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFNs) work to reduce food insecurity through initiatives such as community kitchens, food rescue, bulk buying, skills building workshops, meal programs, and advocacy, and recognize that policy action is needed to address the root causes. “Sadly, we are seeing a rise in demand and increasing waitlist for some of our food distribution programs….many people simply cannot afford to buy food when faced with the increased cost of living in Vancouver. People are forced to choose between paying rent and buying food. We recognize that the Welfare Food Challenge is not a Challenge that can be won” says Ian Marcuse of the Grandview Woodland Food Connection.

    Income assistance rates in BC have been stagnant for the last 9 years, with a single person receiving only $610 a month. This is not enough to support basic needs, nor positive health outcomes. Furthermore, these rates violate people’s human rights and basic dignity. The Dietitians of Canada (2016) point out that there are serious negative effects on physical and mental health when people cannot afford a healthy diet – food prices in BC have risen 12% since 2009 and “it is timely for further income and disability assistance reform so that more British Columbians can afford sufficient healthy food and meet their nutritional needs.”

    Raise the Rates’ Welfare Food Challenge draws attention to this issue from the lens of food insecurity. VNFNs support Raise the Rates’ call to action to raise income assistance rates recognizing that people require the financial means to purchase their own food, and will be participating in the Challenge. Charitable food solutions to hunger are not solving the problem: more than 12% of British Columbians remain food insecure even with substantial amounts of support from the charitable food sector. Local communities are doing their part and VNFNs call on the provincial government to increase food security by raising income assistance rates.

    VNFNs represent 12 neighbourhoods across Vancouver and engage with the most marginalized community members, witnessing first-hand the detrimental impact that barriers to accessing food and abject poverty can have on complex health conditions, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and cardiovascular disease. It is often those with the greatest need for high quality nutritious food that face the most difficult barriers to accessing it.

    Information on the Welfare Food Challenge can be found at: welfarefoodchallenge.org

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