Kids so often idolize teenagers, and there’s something powerful about learning food skills from the rock stars of the kid world. Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, a stronghold of community programming in Vancouver’s East End since 1950, is an established agency with a fresh idea. Their innovative Eat Act Think (E.A.T.) program reaches children and teenagers by building on the joy of teaching others.
Teaching children about healthy food, cooking, nutrition, and gardening can have large impacts in building healthier and more empowered adults. The TD Securities Underwriting Hope is an employee-driven initiative that awards funds to child and youth–focused organizations and programs. Reflecting their employees' commitment to giving back to the community, employees organize an annual TD Securities Underwriting Hope Campaign & Auction to raise money for charities with a focus on children and youth.
For most of us, taking control of our health and making lifestyle changes can be rewarding, but also hard work! It’s tough to figure out how to integrate healthier habits in our everyday lives, and even more so for those already facing tough choices about how to afford healthy food.
Developing good nutrition and activity habits early in life helps set kids up for healthy futures. Several programs at our partner Community Food Centres work to foster curiosity in the kitchen among their youngest community members -- from The Table’s Tiny Tastes program to Dartmouth North CFC’s Young Cooks and Young Farmers programs. This year, The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford, ON, added a new youth-focused program to their calendar: FoodFit for youth!
Our monthly Research Roundup provides an overview of some of the food insecurity and health-related research released in the past month at home and abroad.
Food insecurity and healthy eating
The Stop Community Food Centre was recently named as one of Food Tank's 20 training kitchens cultivating skills around the world, highlighting the innovative impact their community kitchen programming is having on their community. These programs are not only teaching vital food skills, but are building a healthier community around good food, bringing people together in the kitchen and around the table.