Food4Good: Addressing Food Security

One of Food4Good’s community garden sites at Trinity United Church in Meadowlark.
Credit: Ashley Bouchard

Ashley Bouchard

Food4Good is the food security division of the Jasper Place Wellness Centre. Our Food4Good initiative has been working to address important issues of food insecurity, food access, and community wellness in the Stony Plain Road area since 2013. We offer programs in the areas of growing, cooking, food access, and education. Here’s a snapshot of some of our food projects:

Our Low-Cost Markets happen every second Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Salvage Reclaimed Furniture (15308 Stony Plain Road). We sell fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and often bread at affordable prices. Through bulk buying and healthy food donations, we can offer fresh foods to our community at 30-50% lower than grocery store prices. We distribute around 1000 lbs of food per market and try to source as many culturally-appropriate foods as possible. Anyone is welcome to attend and our main goal is to increase access to nutritious food.

We run a “Meal Prep 101” class on the second Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the kitchen at West End Christian Reformed Church (10015 149 Street). Participants learn the basics of meal planning, prepping, and putting together meal options on a budget. Each session we make one grain, two veggies, one protein, and one sauce that people can mix and match into different meal combinations at home. Everyone takes home multiple servings of each category for $5 per person.

Our Kid’s Kitchen is a monthly cooking club run at the Boys & Girls Club West (16030 104 Avenue). Elementary students learn kitchen skills, healthy eating habits, and how much fun cooking is! We prepare a nutritious meal together which the kids either serve to their peers for dinner at the Club or bring home to their families.

We have supported the creation of 50+ community garden beds in our neighbourhoods since 2013. The gardens are places for community members to connect with each other and their food. We have worked with multiple churches in the west end to put unused space to work, and also match gardeners with neighbours who have open space in their yards. Our group of gardeners is 40+ strong and come from diverse backgrounds: some are long-time area residents, newcomers to Canada, youth, seniors, experienced gardeners wanting to share their knowledge, and first-time growers wanting to learn. 

We have many other projects and new initiatives on the go. Visit us at Jasper Place Wellness Centre or at food4good.ca to learn more! 

Ashley is the Food4Good Manager.

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