Grow it, cook it, share it!
Photo : Stephanie Lim

Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute

“Dignity does not come from being fed. It comes from providing for oneself. In any well structured society, the objective is to move toward conditions under which all people can provide for themselves.”

George Kent

Harvesting organic kale from the rooftop garden.

The Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute (est. 2002) is based out of Collingwood Neighbourhood House. With our many partner organizations and volunteers, we strive to promote learning and leadership around sustainable growing, local food, multicultural food traditions, and healthy eating in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood.

Visit our blog for the most recent updates and calendar of activities. To stay in touch, ‘like’ us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter.


About Us

Weeding together at the Collingwood Community Gardens.

We believe that food is a human right, and that the “right to food” means much more than meeting basic nutritional requirements. We help bring neighbours together to find solutions to issues like hunger and isolation in our community.

By gathering around food–growing it, cooking it, and sharing it–neighbours of many different backgrounds, ages, and perspectives meet each other. This helps to make Renfrew-Collingwood a place of safety and belonging for all.

• We stress the importance of healthy and culturally appropriate food for everyone.

• We bring local concerns to the decision-making bodies who determine our food policies.

• We foster strength in our community by sharing knowledge around sustainable growing, urban agriculture, multicultural food traditions, Native plants, and issues of Aboriginal food sovereignty.

• We help develop local nutritional resources for greater physical and social health in our community.



Our initiatives include:

Making summery sorrel soup during Community Kitchen.

Teamwork: volunteers getting ready to serve Community Lunch.

• Community gardens, public fruit and nut growing sites, workshops, and a rooftop garden

• Food skills workshops, community kitchens, low-cost community lunch and the Morning Star breakfast and shower program

• Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program and summer Curbside Fresh Market

• Community celebrations

• Seed swaps and plant sales


Prize-winning sunflower growers at the annual Harvest Fair in Slocan Park.

To find out more, visit our blog or follow us on Facebook.

To get involved with the Morning Star Breakfast Program, get in touch with the Renfrew-Collingwood Homelessness Committee.

Otherwise, contact Elise Barber or drop by Collingwood Neighbourhood House to pick up the latest activity schedule.












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