It’s a Tuesday evening deep in the heart of asparagus season, and the wide, stone-topped kitchen island at The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford, ON, is packed with people. A country twang wafts from the stereo while everyone has a snack and cup of tea before getting to work mixing and measuring, cutting and slicing for the meal they’ll share at the end of the night. The menu evolves according to the interests and skills of whoever turns up, though coordinator Kate Van, whose infectious laughter fills the space, has recipes on hand.
Dartmouth North Community Food Centre
When Melanie first walked through the doors of Dartmouth North Community Food Centre with her daughter and granddaughter, she felt immediately welcomed and was amazed to see such a blossoming community; She decided to donate. Read her story:
"I recently had the opportunity to attend the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre on a Saturday morning for the market and breakfast. I went with my daughter and granddaughter, who go regularly.
The first thing you notice when you walk into the light-drenched main room at Calgary’s The Alex Community Food Centre is the promise written in loopy script above the open kitchen: “Good food is just the beginning….” Or maybe it’s the bright chairs in Crayola red and blue and green. Or the large family-style tables where everyone gathers to eat delicious homemade meals together. Wherever your eyes happen to land, it’s clear the entire centre is designed to make people in this diverse low-income community feel at home.
Fewer than 3% of eligible Dartmouth North voters cast ballots in the last municipal election. Now, an engaged group of Dartmouth North residents, calling themselves Noise from the North, are looking to change that number. They're leading an eight-week campaign called Speak Up. Show Up. that's aimed at increasing community awareness and participation in the upcoming municipal election in the fall.
Information Morning co-host Louise Renault and the CBC Do Crew got dirty in Dartmouth today.
They pitched in to help out at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, helping with the community garden, building a rock wall and even a tree house.
And they were rewarded with their efforts with a lovely lunch. Click to watch a video of today's events.
The Dartmouth North CFC is a place where residents share the growing, preparation and eating of healthy, affordable food.
There’s a sense of empowerment growing in north end Dartmouth.
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is breaking ground this weekend on a massive expansion of its community farm.
“We’re goin’ big on Sunday,” farm coordinator Rob MacNeish said Wednesday, standing in what will soon be a 20,000 square foot urban farm.
“The farm will double, if not triple, in size.”
Dozens of people attended a meeting in Dartmouth Thursday night to discuss hunger in the community’s north end schools.
Roxanne Manning, executive director of the Dartmouth Family Centre said families need access to food, specifically healthy food.
“We don’t want to be talking about more packaged, processed foods. We want to be looking at more fresh food, and access to the foods that are nutritious and help us prevent chronic disease,” she said.
Dartmouth North Community Food Centre teaches value of healthy meals
A program in Dartmouth is helping low-income residents eat more fruit and vegetables at a fraction of the grocery store price.
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre provides three meals a week. On Saturday mornings, the centre doubles its duty by offering a produce market for up to 100 clients.
When the doors opened at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre last year, the team immediately knew the project had struck a chord with the community. Programs filled up, meals were popular, and in between programs, community members regularly dropped by for coffee and a chat. On a recent Friday morning as the community lunch was being prepared, a knitting group had gathered in the drop-in space. With needles bobbing, and conversation flowing, you’d think you’d stumbled into someone’s living room.