Vancouver backs urban food security projects with $100,000

This is something that we desperately need to do here.   But, I do realize that to the city council, mayor, and most of the rest of the city that food security means being able to get to Meiers, Walmart or Kroger at least twice a week.
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By Randy Shore 22 Jun 2010  The Green Man
The City of Vancouver has earmarked $100,000 to fund five neighbourhood-based food security projects that will do things like divert edible food from local businesses to community kitchens, buy organic produce from wholesalers for non-profit resale to people with low incomes, and create shared neighbourhood composting systems.

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.

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4 responses to “Vancouver backs urban food security projects with $100,000

  1. sherry maddock

    how far away are we from making this happen…

    • steveaustinlex

      its up to us…and specifically, you and others are really making a difference – the East End market will be the living example

  2. Ernie Yanarella

    These are the kind of programs that progressive cities determined to confront the ecological and economic challenges we are likely to face in the coming decades. At my last visit to Vancouver in early June, I saw so many initiatives and programs by a city administration seeking to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Opening bicycle lanes across its bridges to and from the downtown, turning undeveloped land in center city into communigy gardens, further advancing efficient, environmentally friendly public transportation alternatives, elevating sustainability-oriented standards beyond LEED. The one major blot on Vancouver’s image is its failure to deal with homelessness and policy instead to corral homeless people and persistent drug users in the Downtown Eastside even as this area is being developed and gentrified. Lexington does not need perfect models; it just needs the leadership and grassroots impetus to break out of its kowtowing to the “Rule of 40”–the forty Lexingtonian elites who think they run the city and county and have cleverly blocked true innovation and progressvie change for three decades or more. (Do I need to cite the most recent example of deference to the “Rule of 40”–i.e., the unanimous decision to approve the revised Webb design for the CentreButte project?)

    • steveaustinlex

      Wanna post thoughts on what we need to do to confront the challenges we are facing here? the “40” have never been weaker….

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