The five Greenest City Neighbourhood grants range from $15,000 to $19,926 and reward innovation by local groups that create just and sustainable food systems.
“One of the goals of the Quick Start report is to reduce carbon emissions related to food production by 30 per cent and local food production is one of the easiest ways to get to that goal,” said Coun. Andrea Reimer.
Erin Nichols is organizing a pocket market coupon program in which people on social assistance or small fixed incomes can buy coupons at the beginning of each month for a small fee and redeem them later in the month for fresh fruits and vegetables at a mini-farmers market in the neighbourhood.
The Trout Lake Cedar Cottage Food Security Network will buy the produce from local farmers directly. Cash shoppers are welcome to buy at a small mark-up as a way to subsidize the project, Nichols said.
Renfrew/Collingwood Food Security Institute hosts community kitchens and promotes urban agriculture through community gardening, rooftop gardening and food skills training for kids and adults from vulnerable populations.
A second stream of city funds totalling $16,000 will be allocated in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, which is contributing another $20,000 in cash and kind, to about 30 citizen-led food-related workshops and edible landscape projects. This is the second allocation of $100,000 released this year to ensure that people of all incomes have access to fresh healthy food.