MPNH Food Programs aim to provide the tools and knowledge to increase food security in our neighbourhood to build healthier families, eating habits and lifestyles. MPNH’s many programs include free or very low cost snacks and meals, food related workshops, cooking classes, community kitchens and community gardens.
Ensuring that all community members have access to adequate amounts of safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate foods, provided in a manner that promotes dignity is the basis of our food security initiatives.
For more information, contact Andrew Hunter, Food Services Coordinator at 604.879.8208 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mount Pleasant Food Network
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH) launched the Mount Pleasant Food Network (MPFN) in the spring of 2014 as part of the Greenest City Action Plan.
MPFN is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of all residents living in Mount Pleasant and nearby neighbourhoods by promoting an accessible, just and sustainable food system for our community.
Mount Pleasant has a rich and deep history in food security initiatives including programs offered at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Mount Pleasant Community Center andBroadway Youth Resource Centre. Our Steering Committee embodies the diversity in our neighbourhood, with representatives from MPNH, BYRC, Village Vancouver, Vancouver Native Housing Society, MPCC and local residents, to name a few.
Food Asset Map
One of our current projects is creating a Food Asset Map. This inventory will inform policies, programs and services around food issues. There are two components: a map may include the locations of grocery stores, grocery delivery, grocery shopping assistance, holiday meals, meal delivery, community (and other models such as urban farming and young agrarian) gardens, community meals, emergency food, parks and green spaces, farmers markets, produce market programs (CSA’s and CSF’s), restaurants, free/low cost food programs and community food partner organizations; and an inventory of current food programs and services offered by the food partners and other groups including churches and places of worship. Once completed the Asset Map will be available online as well as print.
Food Recovery Feasibility Project
We are also working on a Food Recovery Feasibility Project. The project’s goal is to recover food in the neighbourhood and engage participants and volunteers in processing it for vulnerable populations. The scope of work will include assessing the feasibility, opportunities, and challenges for a food recovery program in Mount Pleasant and providing recommendations and a strategic plan for how to get there. As a first project of its type in the neighbourhood, there is wisdom in starting at a manageable scale, to be mutually determined with the governance sub-committee, while developing tools and processes that can be scaled up and replicated in the future. While the primary and secondary research will include a broad range of stakeholders, it is our expectation that the strategic plan and demonstration project will be focused on a smaller subset of priority partners identified.
Community Meals and Special Dinners
These fun, low cost events enable people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures to engage with each other within an informal, multicultural setting. Holidays, Multicultural and Special community events are celebrated, volunteer and leadership skills are strengthened, and children, families and community are supported and connectced.
Coffee/Tea and Bread
Free coffee and tea is available to everyone in our community in MPNH's front reception area, weekday mornings. If you need a cup you can purchase one for a quarter. Sometimes snacks are available as well. Free bread is typically available Tuesdays and Friday at 10am until it runs out.
Every Tuesday at noon, local seniors are invited to enjoy a social and nutritious multicultural lunch at MPNH.
Cost: $4 per person. The lunch fee includes admission to an activity organized by the seniors.
Seniors Supper Club
Enjoy socializing with fellow seniors over a nutritious dinner and a variety of recreational activities.
Third Thursday of every month at 4pm
Cost: $5 per person. Advance registration required.
Community gardens are a great way to foster growing, celebrating and sharing food together. They also help share knowledge, skills and resources for people to develop food self-sufficiency and maintain health and healing. MPNH has been allotted a garden plot at Brewery Creek Community Garden, which is maintained by volunteers and staff. MPNH in partnership with Evergreen have a plot at the City Hall Sharing Garden. Evergreen engages volunteers in planting, stewarding and harvesting crops in the sharing garden. Everything grown is donated back to MPNH’s community kitchen and meal programs.
Community Kitchens and Food Workshops
Cooking together plays an important role at MPNH. Participants gather together to prepare food as a group, learn and share knowledge about nutrition and cooking, meet new people and build community. Community kitchens and Workshops provide space for participants with common interests, ethno-cultural backgrounds, or health needs to come together in a welcoming and inclusive space.
Multicultural Cooking Club
Come and enjoy making new friends and learning about the food and culture from other part of the world, and connect with neighbours to share the rich Canadian life and culture. Each event involves learning a new ethnic dish with input from participants and volunteers and a menu is introduced and prepared together. Once the meal is ready everyone sits together to enjoy dinner and conversation.
Next Session: June 6th, July 18th, and September 19th, from 3pm to 7pm.
Registration is required.
Suggested contribution for materials: $5 for adults and $3 for children (6-12yr).
Child-minding, transportation, and materials subsidies available to families registered in our Settlement Services Program.
The Food Connection
Monthly food related workshops/potlucks. The Food Connection aims to provide an informal and inclusive setting for participants to learn and share food knowledge, to address food security by enabling self-sufficiency and resourcefulness, to bring the community together and to build a network where ideas and opportunities can be easily shared. The workshops are informal and collaborative. You don't have to be an expert to teach or attend. If you have an idea for a future workshop, please let us know.
When: The last Wednesday of every month, 6:30-9pm