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Food Programs

Food Programs

Cooking together at our House

Cooking together plays an important role at our House. Participants gather together to prepare food as a group, learn and share knowledge about nutrition and cooking, meet new people and build community.

Community kitchens and workshops provide space for participants with common interests, ethno-cultural backgrounds, or health needs to come together in a welcoming and inclusive space.

Resurfacing History: Land and Lives in Mount Pleasant

This project focuses on developing a community process for promoting understanding between cultural value systems, and to build capacity for Indigenous people to preserve culture, explore knowledge and integrate actionable steps that can make social ecosystems and infrastructure work for the urban Indigenous families and community members.

With guidance from elders and cultural teachers, facilitators will have opportunities to take what they learn into the community.

Learn more and participate.

Food Security

We launched the Mount Pleasant Food Network (MPFN) in the spring of 2014 as part of the Greenest City Action Plan.

MPFN is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of all residents living in Mount Pleasant and nearby neighbourhoods by promoting an accessible, just and sustainable food system for our community.

Learn more about the community development role we play in food security at our House, and in the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood.

It’s not just about the food!

Like many new immigrants, Aya* found the process of adjusting to her new life in Vancouver difficult and lonely.

 

That is, until she found her way to the Cooking Club program at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH). Through participation in these peer-run cooking workshops, Aya found a new way to engage with her community, make new friends, and lift herself out of her isolation.

 

Aya is not the only person in Vancouver who has struggled with loneliness. According to the Vancouver Foundation, one third of people in our city find it difficult to make friends. Of people living in our country for 5 years or less, 42% count 3 people or fewer in their network of close friends.

 

According to MPNH’s survey and report It’s Not Just About the Food: Exploring the Impact of Cooking Programs, social and mental health support is a common benefit shared by many participants in food programs.

Read the whole story.

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Events & Programs

12:30 pm

FoodFit: Better health one step at a time

June 26 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 5, 2019

One event on June 12, 2019 at 12:30pm

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory, BC V5T 1Y1 Canada
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IN FOODFIT YOU’LL… Improve your cooking skills and learn new recipes Join in a 30 minute walk each week Share healthy meals with new friends Make a 12-week commitment to becoming a healthier you Orientation Session: Wednesday, June 12 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. (with lunch!) June 19-September 4, 2019 Join. It's free! […]

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3:00 pm

Queen Alexandra Community Garden

June 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 31, 2019

Queen Alexandra Elementary School, 1300 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5N 1V6 Canada
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Please join us in taking care of our community garden. We are growing food for the community and school. As well we are rewilding and caring for the Indigenous plants and teachings that live in the garden. Also seeking volunteers to share a watering schedule throughout the week. To register please contact Jolene Andrew: jandrew@mpnh.org […]

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Contact our House

Jolene Andrew
Indigenous Community Developer & Mount Pleasant Food Network Coordinator
jandrew@mpnh.org

Michael Volker
Director of Core Programs & Operations
opsmanager@mpnh.org

Jocelyne Hamel
Executive Director
jhamel@mpnh.org

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Help people from 40+ countries, many First Nations, and all generations make the most of of life at our House.