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Food Programs at our House
Our food programs aim to provide the tools and knowledge to increase food security in our neighbourhood to build healthier families, eating habits and lifestyles. The many programs at our House 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.
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.
Food Projects at our House
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. A map may include the locations of:
- grocery stores, grocery delivery, meal delivery, and grocery shopping assistance
- holiday meals
- community gardens, community meals(and other models such as urban farming and Young Agrarians)
- emergency food
- parks and green spaces
- farmers markets
- produce market programs (CSA’s and CSF’s)
- free/low cost food programs and community food partner organizations
Food asset maps may also include 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 our 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.
Community Kitchens and Food Workshops
Free coffee and tea are available to everyone in our community in our 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.
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. We have a garden plot at Brewery Creek Community Garden, which is maintained by community volunteers. In partnership with Queen Alexandra Elementary School and the Mount Pleasant Food Network, we also help to steward a school garden that teaches about edible native plants.
Renaming Our Rooms
Last Friday, MPNH hosted an outdoor event as part of a Neighbourhood Small Grant! Although it was a rainy day, the group enjoyed it and was grateful to MPNH for helping them to gather and celebrate Eid! A huge thank you to staff members Shayan, Thanh, Danielle and...
Director of Core Programs & Operations