At Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, we have been making Mount Pleasant a better place to live for over three decades. We believe in our neighbourhood and in the ability and the right of its members to enhance their lives. Working together we are a stronger, healthier neighbourhood.

Food Security

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, or ahunter@mpnh.org

It's Not Just About the Food!

The kitchen is the actual heartbeat of Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, where many delicious meals are prepared, conversations are had and relationships are built.

We explored the impact of our hands-on cooking programs, and found they promote wellbeing far and above providing simple food skills. The icing under the cake is that our programs have a measurable impact on mental health in our community.

Read our findings.

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.

Vancouver Native Housing Society, MPCC and local residents, to name a few.

Current Projects

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.

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 connected. 

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 10 a.m. until it runs out. 

Aboriginal Family Dinner Night

Aboriginal families meet for dinner with organized guest speakers and cultural programming.

Date: Mondays, September 18, October 23, November 20,
2018: January 22, February 19, March 19 (subject to change; please call to confirm)
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Contacts:

  • Tracy Joseph, Aboriginal Family Support Worker vnhfamsupport@mpnh.org, 604.879.8208 ext 209
  • Carmen Contreras, Family Resource Programs Coordinator ccontreras@mpnh.org, 604.879.8208 ext 202 (English, Spanish)

 

In Pleasant Company Lunches

MPNH invites community members to join us for a healthy multigenerational social lunch in the East Hall. Please notify us in advance if you have special dietary needs.

Schedule: Fridays, 12 p.m.
Cost: $4/person 

Seniors Lunch

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 4 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person. Advance registration required. 

Community Gardens

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. 

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. 

Childcare, transportation, and materials subsidies available to families registered in our Settlement Services Program. 

For more information, contact Andrew Hunter, Food Services Coordinator at 604.879.8208, or ahunter@mpnh.org

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 the month, 6:30-9 p.m.

Cost: Free