Food, Music and Community

Growing food and growing community are intertwined activities important to a healthy and resilient neighborhood. Our work is to ensure that all our residents have access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate, and nutritious food. We are growing the community – one connection at a time.

Community Kitchens and Meals: Due to Covid, we are not offering community kitchens or meals at this time. 

Maria Valenzuela
Manager of Family Resources and Community Programs

Joanne MacKinnon
Community Engagement Coordinator

Community Outreach and Engagement

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: TBA
Cost: adult members $5, seniors $4.50, $4 per child
non-members $6

Contact: reception 604.879.7104

Music and More on Main

An open stage of friendly, encouraging folks sharing songs, poems and stories. Whether you are a proficient player or a novice you are welcome.

Tim Mar
Music and More on Main Facilitator
Who: Anyone who enjoys singing songsor listening to others sing songs.
When: Online/In-person (in-person is the 2nd Thursday of the month)
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Where: online (Zoom) and in-person at 3981 Main Street
Contact: Tim
Cost: By donation

Glimpse of from our Music and More Program. Enjoy!

Community Connection Programs for Newcomers

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

Maria Valenzuela
Manager of Family Resources and Community Programs
604.879.7104 ext. 303

Stephen Andrada
Facilitator, Mentorship and Employment Programs

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

One-on-one Employment Coaching and Career Navigation Sessions with Interactive and Hands-on Employment Training Workshops to enhance newcomers’ workplace readiness skills.

Workshop topics include:
  • 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 and interviews
  • Essential skills for the workplace

When: Orientation and intakes ongoing
Contact: Stephen

Employment Mentorships and 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, training and qualifications required in a career field and show steps to acquire them. Participants will network and meet professionals in different fields with referrals to participate in mentorship matches, job coaching or volunteering.

When: Mentorships ongoing
Be a Mentor or Mentee
Contact: Stephen

LMNHS Food Hub

Maria Valenzuela
Community and Family Programs Manager

Joanne MacKinnon
Community Engagement Coordinator

Sarah Mantini
Food Distribution Coordinator
Breagha Zakaib
Yard Garden Coordinator

Riley Park Community Garden


Riley Park Community Garden (RPCG) has a communal model of community gardening –which means we share the work and share the harvest.

Harvests are shared among volunteers throughout the growing season, and excess produce is donated to LMNHS Food Hub Program.

The garden is also an inclusive gathering place for the larger community, reflecting our core visions to improve food security, ecological sustainability and community development. We host various events during the growing season.

There are no wait list to join this community garden, just a willingness to show up and join in the fun of growing your own food.

Download our Impact Report HERE

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Riley Park Farmers Market Donation Station

We run a monthly donation station at the Riley Park Farmers Market where community members and farmers are able to donate money and produce for our Food Distribution Program.

Contact: Joanne for more information

Food Distribution Program

The LMNHS Food Distribution Program was created due to increased food insecurity in our community during COVID-19. Starting out as a hamper program, it has evolved into a market style program where food is displayed on tables allowing participants to choose their food items. Operating on a weekly basis, we aim to provide healthy, culturally appropriate fresh produce and non-perishable food items at no cost.

Our program is currently only able to serve individuals who live within the geographic boundary from Cambie to Knight Street and 16th to 49th Avenue.

Contact: Sarah

See our 2021 Impact Report HERE.

Community Fridge and Pantry

In December 2021, we developed a new partnership with the Vancouver Community Fridge Project. Our new community fridge and pantry provide a low-barrier space for community members to take what they need and leave what they can. They are both located outside of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and are accessible 24/7.

Contact: Lynette

Yard Garden Harvest Program

We grow food selected by our Food Distribution Program Participants in our neighbours’ back and front yards. The produce is then distributed at our Food Distribution Program. This program is an opportunity to volunteer and connect with people of all ages, learn how to create a foodscape and give back to your community. We have started to expand into gleaning in the neighbourhood by harvesting our neighbours’ excess fruit and vegetables.

To offer your yard for production, or if you have fruit or food that could be harvested, or to come volunteer with us. Please contact Brianna.

See our Summary Report from 2021 HERE.