Food, Music, Health & 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.
Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network (NFN)
We are a city-wide grassroots network of people, organizations, and agencies collaborating on food security initiatives. Locally, our Little Mountain Riley Park (LM-RP) Neighbourhood Food Network (NFN) is working with community members, businesses, and organizations to ensure that all our residents have access to healthy food.
Riley Park Community Garden
The community garden must comply with Covid protocols from our health authorities. The protocols are subject to change. Please contact us or visit our Riley Park Community Garden website for more information.
The garden is a community space tackling food insecurity while enhancing community engagement. We are building social cohesion and supporting neighborhood organizations and community members with the food grown in our garden. Join us as we share in growing, harvesting, sharing recipes. Come sign up for our newsletter at www.rileyparkgarden.org and visit our events page.
Feeding Our Community
We are seeing an increase in the level of food insecurity in our community. More families, seniors, and individuals are in need of veggies and food support. At LMNH and with the support of our funding partners, we are addressing the needs through various programs. We are serving families who receive food bank contributions, families, and seniors who have identified a need; and our LMNH program participants.
The LMNH food distribution program does not ensure that all program participants/ community members will receive a weekly food box. The program is designed to increase healthy food access and provide an equitable distribution of food as a community response to COVID19.
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.
A project to connect seniors (55+) in the community to resources and activities. For more information, see the Resource Card and the Program and Activities Brochure.
Our Food Support Programs
- Growing in our Garden and Yards: In our Community Garden and Backyards we are growing food, and the harvested vegetables are included in the Veggie Bags.
- Harvest Matchmaking: Includes providing Veggie Bags with produce harvested in our local gardens, by our urban farmers, and through our partnerships with the Farmers Market. We aim to shorten the food mile and provide the most healthy vegetables we can grow.
- Being a Food Bank Community Partner: LMNH partnership with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank allows us to provide more food support and meals.
- Funding from the United Way Local Love Food Hub for the LMNH "Meal Bound" food distribution program and the New Horizons for Seniors programs will increase access to healthy and nutritious food to vulnerable clients.
- Receiving Farmers Market Donations: The 2nd Saturday each month is the Farmers Market Donation Station at Riley Park. Shoppers donate $$’s and produce; farmers donate produce at the end of the market day. We spend the donated $$’s to buy produce from the farmers.
- Food Asset Map: The city-wide food asset map includes information on food distribution and food delivery. Help us to keep the map up to date.
If you know of someone who may need fresh produce or if you want to volunteer to make deliveries or assemble produce bags, please contact Jessica Ye at email@example.com
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: Fridays 5 PM
Cost: adult members $5, seniors $4.50, $4 per child
Contact: reception 604.879.7104
Music and More on Main
Moving online via the Zoom platform. Join our Virtual Community Coffee House with music and poetry. Share virtual tea and cookies, good music, and good company!
Music and More on Main Facilitator
Cost: By donations
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.
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. These workshops 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
Therefore, participants will network & meet professionals in different fields with referrals to participate in mentorship matches, job coaching or volunteering.
Dates: Saturday February 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
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: Mentor-ships ongoing
Be a Mentor or Men-tee
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. Also, participants will receive weekly recipes. Registration required.
When: Mondays 4:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Services: Childminding provided
**Program funded in full or in part by
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
Again, priority will be given to Eligible Newcomers.**