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Food, Music, Health & Community

Growing food and growing community are intertwined activities important to a healthy and resilient neighbourhood. The Little Mountain Riley Park (LM-RP) Neighbourhood Food Network (NFN) works with community members, businesses, and organizations to ensure that all our residents have access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and nutritious food. Together, we are growing the community – one connection at a time.

Joanne MacKinnon
Community Engagement Coordinator

Jane Cuthbertson
Community Dinner Chef

Tim Mar
Music Facilitator

Lili Gong
Health Navigator

Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network (NFN)

We are a grassroots network of people, organizations and agencies collaborating on food initiatives. Our work is to ensure that all our community members have access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food.

Riley Park Community Garden

A project of the Neighbourhood House, the garden is a community space tackling food insecurity while enhancing community engagement. We are building social cohesion and supporting neighbourhood organizations and community members with the food grown in our garden. Join us as we share in growing, harvesting, cooking and gathering at picnics, meals and potlucks.

Sign up for our newsletter at and visit our events page.

Community Outreach & Engagement

Working together to build a resilient, healthy, food secure community. Our activity includes:

• Community Conversations
This spring our conversations aim to get your input and ideas to make the Riley Park Community Garden better in 2018.

• Neighbourly Together
A project to connect seniors in the community to resources and activities. See the Resources Card that is available in English and Chinese.

• Nat Bailey & Riley Park Farmers Market Donation Station
Monthly donations from farmers and shoppers support food and cooking programs for our newcomers

Food in Our Community

The city-wide food asset map includes information on community kitchens, low cost and free meals, food distribution, seniors discount days, and food delivery. Help us to keep the map up to date.

Community Kitchens

Funding is secured to offer cooking programs exploring seasonal produce to make cost-effective, budget conscious healthy meals and take home a food basket. Let us know your ideas to provide healthy food and hampers for those in our community who are food insecure.

Contact: Joanne


Gain knowledge and access to local health resources & participate in wellness activities that focus on healthy living and literacy. Topics include wellness & nutrition, managing stress, chronic disease prevention, exercise & active living. Classes are facilitated by BCIT nurses & include educational lessons, games, & dialogue to practice English. Participants will receive a healthy living manual.

When: Wednesdays 2:30-4pm
Dates: Mar 21 – Apr 5
Where: City Heights Building, 155 E 37th Ave, Vancouver
Contact: Lili

*Funding provided by Greenshield

Community Dinner Nights

A delicious, nutritious, and lowcost 3-course meal for families and singles. This is a great way to eat healthy and meet new people in the neighbourhood.

When: Fri 5pm
Cost: adult members $5, seniors $4.50, non-members $6, $4 per child
Contact: Jane

Music and More on Main

Join our Community Coffee House atmosphere with music, poetry, tea, cookies. Good music and good company!

When: Thu 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: By donation
Contact: Tim

Community Connection Programs for Newcomers

LMNH offers programs offers programs that promote diversity and cultural inclusion to ensure more immigrants benefit from opportunities for social engagement and employment. Our Community Connections programs support newcomer* engagement in community, social, and employment integration.

Susan Schachter
Settlement Services Manager
604-879-7104 ext. 303

Stephen Andrada
Facililator, Mentorship and Employment Programs
604-879-7104 ext. 315

Marta Ramos
Community Kitchen Facilitator

New Comer to New Leader: Leadership & Employment Readiness Training*

Employment Counselling and Interactive & Hands-on Employment Training Workshops will enhance newcomers’ workplace readiness skills through bi-monthly workshops that include topics such as:

Navigating and Accessing Immigrant Employment Services
Mastering the Art of Professional and Community Networking
The BC Labour Market Outlook and Hiring Trends and Practices in BC
Tips to Successfully Access the Hidden Job Market
Personal Branding
Writing Effective Resumes
Essential Skills for the Workplace
Mock Interviews
Exploring Volunteering & Mentorships as pathways to Employment

Participants will network & meet professionals in different fields with referrals to participate in mentorship matches, job coaching or volunteering.

Dates: TBA
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Contact: Stephen

Employment Mentorships & Career Coaching*

Employment Mentorship and Career Coaching connects newcomers to professionals and employers for 1-1 occupation specific mentoring exploring career fields, employment related goals and networking. Mentors are carefully selected, screened and oriented to educate newcomers about skills, trainings and qualifications required in a career field and show steps to acquire them.
When: Mentorships ongoing
Be a Mentor or Mentee
Contact: Stephen

Community Kitchen for Newcomers*

Meet new people in a fun & friendly cooking class. Learn new recipes while building English skills with other newcomers and mentors in the community. Participants will increase food knowledge in a Canadian context and be supported to make healthy food choices. Participants will receive weekly recipes. Registration required.
When: Mon 4:15-6:45pm
Dates: TBA
Services: Child minding provided
Contact: Marta

*Program funded in full or in part by
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.Priority will be given to Eligible Newcomers.