Contact the Food Program Coordinator: Blain Butyniec
Our programs provide the tools, knowledge, and support to build food security in our neighbourhood and community. We work to increase awareness of food justice, create opportunities for dignified food access, and provide space for social connection and empowerment.
We collaborate with our many community partners, networks, and funders, to offer food support and collective advocacy. In the kitchen, in the garden, in the market, and in the community, our diverse and dedicated volunteers are the backbone of our programs, activities, events, and meals. Whether you have something to share, or there’s something you want to learn, we are always cooking up new dishes and new ideas.
We invite you to read the reports and publications that highlight the work of Kiwassa’s Food Programs
Community Food Market
Join us at Pandora Park (Franklin and Nanaimo, under the blue tents by the field house) every Wednesday afternoon for our community food market! The not-for-profit produce market offers fresh fruits and vegetables for sale at affordable prices. All are welcome!
For more information, including the availability of food subsidies, please visit Kiwassa’s Market at Pandora Park
No registration required
Wednesdays | 2-4 p.m * No market December 22 or 29, 2021. Our market will re-open January 5, 2022
Join us for our FREE online participatory cooking workshops. Each month we invite a community cook to come share and prepare a recipe. We will give you the ingredients so you can join online and cook along with us.
For more information, and to register, please visit Nutritious Dishes. A collaboration with Kiwassa’s Community Development Team and Seniors Program.
Registration opens the 1st of the month
Once per month | 5 pm - 7 pm | * No class will run in December 2021. The program will be back in January, 2022
Breakfast Club is back!
Free nutritious breakfast made fresh in-house by our staff and volunteers. Every school day for Tillicum students and their siblings, parents, and caregivers. Tillicum teachers and staff also welcome.
Breakfast is served ‘Grab ‘n’ Go’ style and can be picked up from outside of Kiwassa’s backdoor.
Monday to Friday | 8:45 am - 9:00 am (except on school closure days)
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver BC
We facilitate gardening workshops for participants of our Children’s Program and Daycare. Utilizing the beds along the side of Kiwassa as teaching / demonstration gardens, we grow a variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and other plants indigenous to the area.
The Vancouver Urban Food Forest Foundation (VUFFF) is a project hosted by Kiwassa in partnership with several other community organizations and members of the Hastings Sunrise community. VUFF is building a collective garden and food forest (anticipated roll-out in Spring 2022), and organizes public events such as the inaugural Neighbourhood Food Week for Hastings Sunrise.
For more information, please visit our garden page.
Saige Community Food Bank
Saige Community Food Bank provides a safe space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer individuals to access healthy food and support. This no barriers food bank is also open to anyone in need of food, particularly those who have difficulty accessing traditional food banks due to lack of ID, housing, or other barriers to service.
The 2nd and 4th Friday of every month
Emergency Food Support
Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a public health emergency Kiwassa began operating a temporary, emergency food hamper, home delivery program. This program ran for 15 months and provided 6015 food hampers and 6250 ready-to-eat meals to 500 households, representing 1500 individuals, located across Metro Vancouver.
For more information on Kiwassa’s COVID-19 emergency food response, our current food hamper availability, and other locations you can access emergency food supports, please visit our Emergency Food Support page.
This program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19. Outdoor physically-distanced lunches will return in the spring!
Catering & Social Enterprise
This program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.