“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.”
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.
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:
• Public fruit and nut growing sites
• Organic gardening and fruit tree care workshops
• Food skills workshops including cooking classes for youth and seniors, community kitchens, and canning workshops
• Community celebrations
• Seed swaps and plant sales
To get involved with the Morning Star Breakfast Program, get in touch with the Renfrew-Collingwood Homelessness Committee.
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