North Shore

Neighbourhood Food Collaborative

Promoting sustainable food access and food literacy among children on the North Shore

About the Neighbourhood Food Collaborative

The Neighbourhood Food Collaborative was completed in June 2022. See Report summary. The purpose of the project was to promote sustainable food access and food literacy among children on the North Shore by strengthening place-based leadership and collaboration among neighbourhood partner services and resources.

This project focused on the Carson Graham Family of Schools and the Norgate community in North Vancouver.

The Project:

  • Engaged schools, parents, and organizations in co-creating a coordinated, mutually supportive approach to food literacy and food access activities in the neighbourhood.
  • Explored ways to equip and resource programs so they are sustainable.

Our work

  • Partnered with Farm to School BC to hire a part-time Community Animator for the North Shore.
  • In collaboration with Capilano Community Services Society, completed the Neighbourhood Food Ambassadors Program which included a series of workshops on food literacy and food security for students of Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary over the summer.
  • Hosted a Learning Circle at the Cheakamus Centre with teachers, parents, and other community members in the Carson Graham Family of Schools to support their school-based projects and to share resources.
  • Provided funding and support for Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary Indigenous Foodscapes Garden.
  • Conducted an environmental scan to learn more about the food security assets and challenges within the Norgate neighbourhood from the perspective of community organizations.
  • Organized an Indigenous permaculture workshop at Harmony Garden with ethnobotanists, Cease and Senaqwila Wyss.
  • Organized a Community Roundtable

Project Summary:

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Working group

The Neighbourhood Food Collaborative is supported by a working group that includes:


Vancouver Coastal Health
Margaret Broughton, Public Health Dietitian
Helen Yeung, Public Health Dietitian

North Vancouver School District 44
Kulvir Mann, School Board Trustee
Luke Smeaton, Manager, Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Planning

Farm to School BC
Meryn Corkery, Community Animator Vancouver Area

North Shore Table Matters Network
Chelsea Woolhouse, Network Coordinator


Get in touch

If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the Neighbourhood Food Collaborative, please contact Meryn Corkery at [email protected].

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