Programs increasing healthy food access:

Summer Lunch Munch/School Meals feeds children in inner city parks during the summer season, when school is out and kids have less access to foods through their usual school programs and works with schools to address hunger in the classroom during the school year

For more information contact:

Heidi Sinclair
Heidi.sinclair@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

The Good Food Box is a once per month $10 food box of top quality, fresh fruits and vegetables at half the regular cost in stores; (a collaboration with Nanaimo Community Kitchens: Cooking Out of the Box Program).  Families in need can apply for a box at no cost

For more information contact:

Lisa Guizzo
lisa.guizzo@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program provides education and coupons for registered low-income families and seniors to access the Island Roots Farmers Market

For more information contact:

Lisa Guizzo
lisa.guizzo@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

or

Heidi Sinclair
Heidi.sinclair@nanaimofoodshare.ca</a
250-753-9393

Farm to School provides fresh All You Can Eat Salad Bar lunches to school children. The program increases kids eating fresh fruits and veggies and increases student awareness of farming and the food we are eating.

For more information contact:

Heidi Sinclair

Heidi.sinclair@nanaimofoodshare.ca

250-753-9393

Gleaning coordinates teams of volunteers to pick local fruit and veggies surplus to the owners, reducing food waste and redistributing food to those in need (collaboration with Nanaimo Community gardens

For more information contact:

Lee Sanmiya
gleaning@nanaimocommunitygardens.ca
250-816-4769

Five Acre Farm engages people of all abilities and ages in learning the skills to garden on a market garden scale.  Volunteers bring home food in the harvest season (collaboration with Growing Opportunities Farm Community Coop)

For more information contact:
Craig Evans
craigevans@gmail.com
250-753-3070

or

Jen Cody
jen.cody@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Programs supporting food skills and local food:

Kids Get Cooking classes for kids & youth

For more information contact:

Heidi Sinclair
Heidi.sinclair@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Community Roots School Gardens facilitated outdoor learning at school gardens with a focus of growing food

For more information contact:

Chrys LoScerbo
chrys.loscerbo@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Setting the Table is for Seniors who wish to learn video production skills to document their stories of the programs, skills, and their community involvement that are connected to food.

For more information contact:

Paul Manly
Paul.manly@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Seniors Food Legacy Project is a senior led food activities and research project. Seniors cook together, discuss the challenges and supports for healthy eating, and are creating a food guide for seniors to share in the community.

For more information contact:

Jen Cody
jen.cody@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

or

Heidi Sinclair
Heidi.sinclair@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Cultivating Abilities Employability Skills Program-a 25 week program in which people who identify as having a disability (diversability) are trained in agriculture, the food industry, and employability skills, and supported in 16 week work placement opportunities

For more information contact:

Paul Manly
Paul.manly@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Seedy Sunday (collaboration with Nanaimo Community Gardens)- The first Sunday in March. A one-day community event with attendance over 1000, at NDSS.  Local vendors with information and sales related to seeds and gardening, education workshops about seed saving and growing food

For more information contact:

Glenda Stroomer
seedysunday@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Foodshare Resource Centre

Community access to information regarding food programs and issues in the community. Referral to community food programs.  Access to a certified community kitchen and meeting space

For more information contact:

Lisa Guizzo
Lisa.guizzo@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Food Security Assessment and Action Initiative is working with community partners to develop a food security report card by mapping food programs and resources and developing a community strategy to address food security in the community.

For more information contact:

Sean Enns
sean.enns@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Or

Jen Cody
Jen.cody@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393

Networking

:
Nanaimo Food Security Roundtable is a coordinated network of organizations concerned with food security in the Nanaimo Region. Information sharing and problem-solving between members by listserv communication.

Jen Cody
Jen.cody@nanaimofoodshare.ca
250-753-9393