North Shore Table Matters

Neighbourhood Food Collaborative Project

About
The Neighbourhood Food Collaborative Project promotes 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 is currently focused on the Carson Graham Family of Schools and the Norgate community in North Vancouver.

Our goal is to:

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

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


Our work to date:

  • 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 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.

Upcoming activities:

  • Professional Development Series on food systems education and networking for teachers on the North Shore.  Next event coming soon!
  • Community Roundtable – Coming soon

Wanted: Food-related activities taking place in the Norgate neighbourhood
If you or someone you know is running a community food program or project in the Norgate neighbourhood and the surrounding area we would like to invite you to an event so we can connect and learn together about needs and opportunities in the area.

If your organization is already running a food-related or community-building event, we would love to hear if we could partner with you. For more information, contact Meryn at [email protected].


Neighbourhood Food Collaborative Advisory
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


Partners
This project is a partnership between Farm to School BC (Public Health Association of BC), North Vancouver School District 44, Vancouver Coastal Health, and North Shore Table Matters (North Shore Neighbourhood House).