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Fresh Five Wrap Up

Summer is here, school is out, and my team and I are gearing up for the start of Camp Fresh Roots. (We still have a few spaces left for this summer – come play with us!) And so the time has come to wrap up the Fresh Five. It has been a labour of love to create and curate these resources over the past 12 weeks in this time of uncertainty. I hope you and your family have been able to use these activities to connect to each other, the world that surrounds you, and the food that nourishes you.

For this, our final week of this version of the Fresh Five, I’m collecting all the Fresh Roots activities, field guides, and recipes so you can revisit your favorites, or find ones you may have missed the first time around.

Field Guides

Edible Flowers

Flowers are beautiful, but did you know they can be delicious, too? Our Edible Flower Field Guide will help you identify some of the many tasty, colourful flowers you might find in your neighbourhood. It includes sustainable foraging guidelines, and an Edible Flower Bingo card you can bring with you as you go looking for treats. Please forage responsibly!

Field Guide to Edible Flowers

Native Plants in Vancouver

You don’t have to get out of the city of find native plant species! Douglas-Firs, Western Red Cedar, Salal, Sword Ferns, Bleeding Heart, and so many more are beloved plant members of our communities. This Field Guide to Native Plants will help you identify some of the many native species in our parks, yards, and school grounds. Plus, there’s a Bingo sheet to make your next walk even more fun!

Field Guide to Native Plants in Vancouver

Activity Guides

Super Seeds!

Grades K-4

One of our most popular classroom workshops is Super Seeds! And now you can try it for yourself! We’ve adapted our workshop curriculum to be done at your kitchen table, with just things you probably have on hand. If you have or can find Lima beans, I recommend them for this, as they are both very large (so it’s easy to see what’s in them), and the skins are relatively thin, so they are easy to peel.

Super Seeds Activity Guide

Food and Farmworkers

Grades 9-12

I’m a podcast person. I have about 30 different podcasts that update regularly in my feed, on topics from food to mythology to history to linguistics. So when I heard a recent episode of the US-based economics podcast Planet Money about how COVID-19 is impacting American farmworkers, I wanted to share it. This is a complex topic, touching on issues of food security, labour rights (or lack thereof), public health, and yes, econ. It’s sure to spark discussions, so we’ve made a bit of framing for it. I recommend listening to your older student and discussing it together. (And in case you’re wondering, Fresh Roots farmworkers are mostly local university students, and pay starts at $15.50/hour.)

Food and Farmworkers Activity Guide

 

Signs of Spring-O Neighbourhood Bingo

All Ages

Are your kids (and, let’s be honest, you) getting tired of walking around the same 5 blocks over and over again as you try to get some fresh air and gentle exercise during these days of physical distancing? Print out this Neighbourhood Bingo sheet! Look at your local environment in a whole new way as you notice how spring is blooming all around us.

Spring Bingo Card

Explore Your Spring Traditions

All Ages

At Fresh Roots, we think everyone should have healthy food, land, and communities, and one of the ways we strengthen our communities is through traditions! Whether your spring celebrations centre around a religious holiday, a natural phenomenon, or a special calendar date, talking to your elders about where those traditions come from is a great way to build relationships. Not spring anymore? You can do this same activity for other celebration seasons!

Exploring Spring Traditions Activity Guide

Make Veggie Art

Grades K-5

If you have some fruits or veggies that have been in the fridge just a little too long, Veggie Printing is a fun way to repurpose them! Not only is it a good thing to do with that limp celery, a potato that’s started growing, or the bits of your veg that aren’t going to make it into soup, it’s also a great way for kids to play with their food. When kids are encouraged to use all their senses to get to explore a carrot or asparagus in a stress-free way, they can develop a greater appreciation for them, which in turn makes them more likely to eat those vegetables!

Veggie Print Activity Guide

Touch A Mystery Veggie

Grades K-5

Nothing is more exciting than reaching into a box, bag, or jar to feel what’s inside! It turns and ordinary turnip or pepper into a mystery to solve. This lesson is one of our all-time favourites, in part because of the mystery and in part because it’s so flexible. No veggies? Use fruits, or leaves from outside, or even kitchen utensils! Use what you’ve got! For younger kids, just reaching in and guessing which of a few different options is in the box is great. For older kids, they can use this as a way to really connect with a plant they are growing or studying in a fun way. Exploring through one sense at a time is a great mindfulness activity, too.

Mystery Veggie Activity Guide

Explore Dendroclimatology

Grades 9-12

Tree rings are important tools for scientists studying global climate change, both to document a history of climate over thousands of years and to help us understand the changes happening around us today. This activity for older students uses two videos to explore what dendroclimatology is and how the stories told by trees are shaping our knowledge of climate, touching on not only science and technology, but geography, industry, and careers as well.

Dendroclimatology Activity Guide

Dissect a Stem

Grades 1-5

One of the many important things a stem does is carry water from the roots to the rest of the plant. Inside the stem are structures called xylem which provides a path for water, and the nutrients it carries, to help flowers bloom, make fruits juicy, and give leaves the water they need to make sugar through photosynthesis. Sugars from the leaves flow down the phloem that surrounds the xylem. In the stem of a celery plant, the xylem is big enough that we can see them easily with just a couple of kitchen tools.

You can try this with other stems, too. I had some success with asparagus, and I suspect bok choi would work really well, too. Experiment with the stems you have in your veggie drawer!

Stem Dissection Activity Guide

Make an Ecosystem Web

Grades 3-12

Fresh Roots grown (mainly) vegetables on our schoolyard farms. Our farmers plant rows of peas, squash, chard, lettuce, parsley, and more. We can grow nearly 100 different varieties of plants in a single season! That might sound like a lot of biodiversity, but plants and farmers are just a small part of the whole biological picture. Discover how everything from crows to fungus to the air around us contributes to the biodiversity of our farm. We do versions of this activity with kids as young as 8 all the way through adults. (Hint – making the web is only the start of the discussion!)

Farm Ecosystem Web Activity Guide

Make it Rise!

Bread

Grades K-7

Wondering why you have to let regular bread dough rise, but you can whip up banana bread and pop it in the over right away? Curious where the holes in your bread come from? What’s the difference between baking powder and baking soda anyway? Looking for an alternate way to blow up balloons for your next party? Check out this activity and learn the secrets of leavening! This one is great for kids as young as kindergarten, and there’s an extension for older kids who really want to get scientific.

Uplifting Leavening Activity Guide

Make a Plant Friend

Grades 4-12

This activity is a chance to slow down and really connect with a plant in a different way than we normally do. We often think about what a plant is called, or how it’s useful to us. That can often lead to a very one-sided relationship with plants – they give, and we take. But by making a close connection with one particular plant, we can become more in tune with what it needs and what we can give back. Plus, it’s a great excuse to hug a tree, and trees are great huggers! And don’t miss the video made by Cara at our site at  Suwa’lkh School in Coquitlam.

Meet-A-Plant Activity Guide
Cara’s Plant Friends

Meet Your Local Pollinators

Grades K-8

What do pollinators need to survive? And what pollinators live in your neighbourhood? Check out this activity for all ages to learn some pollinator facts. Then, take what you’ve learned out into your neighbourhood to see which pollinators can make a happy home near you!

Neighbourhood Pollinators Activity Guide

Recipe Book

I hope you enjoyed cooking and eating all those delicious recipes as much as I enjoyed creating them. With local summer produce coming into full force, it’s a great time to revisit some of those recipes with new fruits and veggies. And to make it easy for you to find your favourites, we’ve put them all into a recipe book. Happy cooking!

Fresh Five Recipe Book

With love and a fistful of sunshine,

Kat

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Join us for our Schoolyard Harvest Dinner *At Home/Online Edition*!

Join us for the Fourth Annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner

*At Home/Online Edition*

 On Thursday, August 13th we’ll celebrate together (apart) with an elegant summer meal experience composed of the best and freshest of the season’s harvest all in support of Fresh Roots programs that engage and empower youth.

Traditionally our event has been a long table dinner held on the lawn at David Thompson Secondary. This year, observing restrictions of large group gatherings, Fresh Roots and guests will be connecting and congregating as a community online. Gathering together virtually and celebrating with a delicious, intimate summer meal experience composed of the season’s harvest in support of youth.

For this extra-special year, Fresh Roots is creating summer harvest boxes filled with everything you’ll need to create a beautiful summertime meal experience to share with friends, family, or colleagues at home. The box will include fresh and chef-prepared ingredients for a simple and delicious meal and thoughtful accoutrements like wine and flowers for the table.

Guests will come together online on August 13 at 6:00 pm for a celebration and program featuring kitchen tips and tricks from chefs TJ Conwi and Natasha Sawyer about how to compose your plates with the contents of your summer harvest box. Participants from the SOYL program will also share stories about their time with Fresh Roots.

Menu – just announced!

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Amuse Bouche – Profiteroles stuffed with Freshroots Herbs and Salt Spring Island Goat Cheese. Candied Agassiz Hazelnuts. Wine Compressed Figs

Charcuterie Board – a selection of charcuterie from Legends Haul, an assortment of local pickled vegetables from our friends at Cropthorne Farm, Zaklan Heritage Farm and Freshroots, Saltspring Harvest Vege Pate and Vegan Spreadable dips accompanied by a demi-load of freshly- baked Fife Bakery Bread

Main – Sous Vide Organic Ocean Sockeye Masala and Legends Haul Sirloin, Fresh Roots Harvest Salad, Zucchini Palak Paneer Terrine, Carrot Vindaloo Vinaigrette, Atchara Relish, and Wheatberries

Dessert –Cheesecake topped with raspberry coulis from Olera Organic Farms

Beverages- your choice of a bottle of red or white wine from Marquis Wine Cellars, cans of 33 Acres Sunshine French Blanchè beer and kombucha from Bucha Brew.

Accoutrements- a bouquet of flowers for the table, cookies from Susgrainable, surprises created by our SOYL youth program participants, and more.

We will have a limited number of experiences for groups of two, four or six guests and are excited to offer incentives for folks who’d like to share the experience with others by hosting a larger (safe) gathering or sponsoring a company-wide dinner. Please contact Caroline Manuel, Communications and Engagement Manager at 778-764-0344 ext. 108 or caroline@freshroots.ca with any questions or for more information.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

1. Purchase ticket(s)!

2. Choose a pick-up day! Packages will be ready for pick up in Vancouver Wednesday, August 12th where you will have an opportunity to meet our SOYL youth team who will have been working hard to create some special products to share with you! We will reach out to confirm which day works best for you, provide pick up location address, and any other helpful details! (If you would like to host a group we will be happy to arrange for the delivery of Dinners of 8 or more!)

3. On Thursday, August 13th you’ll set your table, lay out your picnic blanket, or find a lovely spot to enjoy your four-course meal. Make sure to chill the beverages in your package! (minimal cooking required for non-vegetarian dinners)

4. You’ll log on (with a link we will provide) at 6:00 pm to connect with your fellow guests and our Fresh Roots team and SOYL youth. Our talented chef partners will walk you through the simple preparation of the contents of your experience package providing some easy insider tips on how to prep and plate like a pro!

5. Once your meal is ready we’ll pause for a quick reset and give you a chance to sip a beverage and sample your first course!

6. We’ll continue with our celebration program and wrap up the festivities around 7:00 pm.

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2019 Fresh Roots Impact Report

We’re thrilled to share all of the amazing things Fresh Roots got up to in 2019!

In true Fresh Roots form, 2019 was another remarkable year! We are incredibly grateful for the diverse network of staff, volunteers, supporters, partners, and collaborators who continue to make our work possible. Thank you!

We hope you enjoy a glimpse into the world of Fresh Roots. Please reach out if you have any questions at all!

Check out the report by clicking on the image below and download to share!

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Suwa’lkh School’s Native Plant Sale Now ONLINE!

The Fresh Roots Team at Suwa’lkh School is very excited to announce that we’ve brought this year’s Native Plant Sale online with 2 convenient pick-up locations! If you’ve been looking to learn more about native plant species or have been searching to find your favourite native plants for your garden, this is the blog post you’ve been waiting for! 

When Fresh Roots formed a partnership with the Indigenous Education Department in Coquitlam/Kwikwetlem, one of the main requests from this community was to help provide access to native plants, especially those harder to find for sale or in our urban environment. The beauty of the Native Plant Nursery Project here at Suwa’lkh School is that the youth who work with us in preparing and selling the native plants also learn about those plants, their uses, and their seasonality.

Gray Oron, the Suwa’lkh Project Manager, had this to say about the native plants we grow:

“Native plants not only give us a sense of place and connect us to the history of the land and the people on it, but they also support our local ecosystems and are easier to care for than most plants. One of the most common questions I get is: ‘can they be outside, right now?’ The answer is yes! They belong here, they are from here, and if you give them the right environment, they will need much less care than most non-native plants!”

We are working towards deeper guidance and connection with local First Nations Communities, Knowledge Keepers, and Elders. We strive to be an ally by providing native plants to the local community and space to support the passing of knowledge to youth. The web pages for each of the native plant species we’re offering in our shop are full of information about each species, their preferred conditions, and their interactions with wildlife and humans.

You can scroll through our online shop, add the plants you would like to have in your garden to your cart, choose a pickup location, and pay online all in a few simple clicks! We will contact you to arrange a pick-up time at your chosen location once you have placed an order. There are two pickup locations to choose from: 

 

  1. Italian Cultural Centre (Vancouver) on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm during our Pop Up Market
  2. Suwa’lkh Secondary School (Coquitlam) on Thursdays from 4-7 pm

 

Thank you in advance for your support in all of the work we do at Fresh Roots, especially during this difficult time! We are grateful to the communities we are a part of and your efforts to support native wildlife and youth education through our Native Plant Sale.

Happy planting!

The Suwa’lkh Fresh Roots Team

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Fresh Five: Pollinator Power!

Happy Summer Solstice everyone! Way back in April for our Flower Power week, I said we’d get to learn more about bumblebees and other pollinators, and that week is finally here! June 22-28 is Pollinator Week in Canada and the US, and with all the summer fruits and vegetables starting to show up on the farm and at your local farmer’s market, it’s a great time to think about and say thank you to the animals we can’t live without.

Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you eat relies on animal pollination? Most of the fruits (like apples, berries, and melons) and vegetables-that-are-actually-fruits (like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and peas) we eat need animals to pollinate the plant’s flowers before it forms fruits. And many other vegetables (like carrots and beets) need pollinators to form the seeds they grow from. You can find a list of just some of the foods that need animal pollinators at the Pollinator Partnership. And that’s not even thinking about all the other plants that rely on animals to help them make seeds!

So thank a bee, bat, bird, fly, moth, butterfly, wasp, or even lemur for the work they do to help our plant friends!

Meet Your Local Pollinators

What do pollinators need to survive? And what pollinators live in your neighborhood? Check out this activity for all ages to learn some pollinator facts. Then, take what you’ve learned out into your neighbourhood to see which pollinators can make a happy home near you!

Neighbourhood Pollinators Activity Guide

 

Learn About Bumblebees

I’ve said before that bumblebees are my favorites. They are just so fuzzy and chill and hard working. As long as you’re not messing with them, you can get right up close and watch them harvest pollen and nectar. And especially in the morning when they are sleepy and hanging out on a flower to warm up, you can even gently pet them! (One very gentle finger, please!)

The Bumblebee Queen, by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne is a fabulous way for young (and not-so-young) learners to see the whole bumblebee life cycle. And through Tumble Book Library, you can see this book come to life! To access it, you’ll need to first log into your Vancouver Public Library account, then click the link below. Don’t have a VPL account? You may be able to log in through your local library, or you can sign up for a free trial.

The Bumblebee Queen

 

Bees in Danger?

You’ve probably heard that bees are in trouble. Both our native bee species and commercial honeybees, which originally came from Europe, have seen declines in their numbers in the last couple of decades. You know how important our pollinators are, so you know this is a big problem for us and for other living things! But why is it happening? It’s… complicated. This activity for older students (grade 7+) helps explain some of the complexities involved. It’s focused on California, but as we’ve talked about before, a very large percentage of the produce we eat in BC is pollinated by those Californian bees.

You’ll need to create a free account to download this lesson plan!

Colony Collapse Disorder Lesson

Make a Pollinator Haven

What can you do to help our pollinators? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! 1, Give them some food. 2, Give them some water, and 3, give them shelter. Especially in the city, it’s hard for pollinators to find the things they need to survive, but it doesn’t take a lot to help them out. If you have enough outdoor space for a pot of flowers and a shallow dish of water, you can help make a pollinator haven. Check out the info from the David Suzuki Foundation on How to Create a Pollinator Friendly Yard for ideas, activities, and more, and the Wilderness Society’s Bee Cheat Sheet for a list of native plants that will bring all the bees to your yard!

How to Create a Pollinator Friendly Yard
Bee Cheat Sheet

Taste Pollinator Power!

Here’s another Camp Fresh Roots classic recipe – Pollinator Power Salad! You can use any fruits that are in season. Strawberries and cherries would be a great choice right now. Oh, and if you want to get extra fancy, chiffonade a few fresh basil leaves and mix them in with your fruit. You’ll thank me, and the bees!

Pollinator Power Salad

With joy and gratitude,

Kat

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Spot prawns! Get your spot prawns! Ways to cook them and 10 places to find them in Greater Vancouver

by Gail Johnson on June 8th, 2020

Now that spot prawn season is here – hooray! – you might be looking for ideas on how to cook the delectable seafood or what local businesses are up to with it this year.

We’ve got you covered.

First, a look at the collective efforts of the Chefs’ Table Society (the group that hosts the annual Spot Prawn Festival, which had to be cancelled this year because of COVID-19), Organic Ocean Seafood, and LunchLAB: Chefs for Families. The three organizations are marking the 2020 spot prawn season in an altogether new way by helping families in need.

LunchLAB prepares more than 5,000 meals weekly, providing more than 260 families in need with three nutritious and delicious meals every day. The program is a collaboration of Fresh Roots and Growing Chefs! and operates in partnership with Ono Vancouver, the Italian Cultural Centre, and Pacific Restaurant Supply.

This past weekend, Organic Ocean donated 100 pounds of its first-catch spot prawns to the LunchLAB: Chefs for Families program. Several chefs and CTS members (including Will Lew, Dennis Peckham, Nicole Gomes, and Mariana Gabilondo) gathered with LunchLAB’s own culinary talents to make the society’s signature Spot Prawn Festival Chowder for more than 120 families.

Individuals can get into the spot prawn spirit by ordering a meal for a family that could use some help right now via LunchLAB.ca.

Meanwhile, Brian Hamatake, second-generation operator of Seafood City Granville Island (one of the market’s original vendors), will be selling spot prawns live, dead, or tail only.

Hamatake‘s favourite way to cook spot prawns is to “pick his poison” first—as in, what he’s going to have to drink to accompany them. That choice sets the tone.

“Tequila would be garlic, chilies, lime juice, salt and pepper, and tequila flambe to finish,” Hamatake says. “Sake would be drunken prawns in a sake simmer. Peel and eat with a side dip of soy, ginger, and wasabi.

“Pernod would be a simple flambe with butter and a hint of orange zest,” he adds.

L’Abattoir will be changing its spot-prawn features regularly.

Here’s what diners at the revered independent Gastown restaurant enjoyed this past weekend: first-of-the-season spot prawns served raw with crunchy turnips and radishes, chili, and lime.

“The prawns arrive alive and we take the heads and shells off,” says Alexis Cooper. “The prawns get a quick cure in salt and sugar before being rinsed and are then ready to eat. We toast the heads and shells to make an infused oil with chilies and garlic. This oil is combined with chopped fermented peppers and lime juice to make a dressing. The dish is then completed with raw baby turnips and radishes and some of their greens from Zaklan [Heritage] Farm. We spoon the spicy prawn and chilli dressing over the shellfish just before serving.”

The Fish Counter on Main Street gets its fresh trap-caught B.C. spot prawns via veteran fisherman Gregg Best from Cowichan Bay.

Over at Fresh Ideas Start Here (FISH), prawns are being sold whole and alive or tails

removed. You’ll also find spot prawn ceviche, cooked spot prawn tails, and prawn stock. The in-store poke bar will have cooked spot prawns as an option.

This coming weekend, spot prawns will be on special at Terroir Kitchen in West Vancouver. Chef-owner Faizal Kassam will serve them butterflied with chili, crushed fennel seeds, garlic oil, Italian parsley, and fresh lemon.

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New! Fresh Roots Thursday Pop Up Market in Kwikwetlam (Coquitlam)

The Suwa’lkh team is super excited to announce that we will be hosting a weekly pop up market at Suwa’lkh School on the corner of Brunette Ave and Schoolhouse St in Coquitlam starting Thursday, June 18th. Stop by the parking lot market space every Thursday from 4-7 pm June through October to pick up a variety of fresh, hyper-local produce and native plants grown by the very (sanitized) hands of youth and staff there to serve you at the market. 

There will be parking on-site right beside the market stand. Be sure to look for the orange Fresh Roots market signs pointing you in the right direction. 

At Fresh Roots, we are taking COVID-19 very seriously, and want to share some of the measures we’ll be taking to ensure a safe and comfortable experience at our markets. Our procedures and protocols are informed by the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Farmers’ Markets, and Vancouver Farmers’ Markets to keep you, our community and staff safe:

  • The market will be one-way from entry to exit: Shop, Don’t Stop!
  • Cash-free payment encouraged
  • Please practice physical distancing. Keep 2m between yourself and others
  • Staff will be wearing masks, gloves and washing hands frequently
  • Hand sanitizer available for customers
  • Sorry, no dogs in the market area
  • Stay home if you are sick to keep our markets safe!

Thanks in advance for your support for all the work we do at Fresh Roots, especially during this difficult time! We are grateful for our engaged community and hope to see you at Suwa’lkh!

 

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LunchLAB program fuels Vancouver families by donation, and talented local chefs

Vancouver non-profits, chefs, businesses, and residents have donated time and food to make sure local families in need are fed during the COVID-19 crisis

When schools across the province weren’t able to welcome students back following the March Break holidays due to the COVID-19 crisis, one of the first concerns in communities was access to school lunches.

In Vancouver, the response from local non-profits and businesses was swift. The LunchLAB: Chefs for Families program was already in place thanks to local orgs Fresh Roots and Growing Chefs!, and had been providing the opportunity for students to learn how to grow and prepare food thanks to experts and industry leaders.

LunchLAB was able to pivot their model in response to COVID-19, by connecting Vancouver chefs with donated food to create healthy meals for families in need.

Working with the Vancouver School Board and a fantastic team of collaborators and supporters (including Italian Cultural Centre and Ono Vancouver), LunchLAB: Chefs for Families is providing more than 5,000 meals to 260 families each week.

Donations from the public can be made via either Growing Chefs! or Fresh Roots and that money funds the meals.

Among those collaborators and supporters are local chefs, cooks, and restaurant staff who have been able to stay on the job thanks to the program. One key player has been the Italian Cultural Centre and their Executive Chef Jackson Noah. When bookings and events at the Centre had to be taken off the calendar, Noah was able to move into a role helping coordinate the meal program, making savvy use of donated food.

Local pastry chef Elena Krasnova, owner of Burnaby’s popular Mon Paris Pâtisserie, is one of the chefs who has stepped up with her time, talents, and tasty eats to provide a real treat to LunchLAB families. Thanks to a generous donation of 50kg of Ruby Chocolate from CallebautKrasnova created treat packages valued at over $3,000. The talented pastry chef made Ruby chocolate bars with pistachios as well as bags of shortbread cookies glazed with Ruby chocolate. The goodies were delivered to 200 families on May 22.

“It is extremely important for me to give back to the community at this time,” explains Krasnova. “I partnered with Callebaut to create something sweet and comforting and chose LunchLAB: Chefs for Families because I wanted the treats to go moms and their families.”

“Growing Chefs! and Fresh Roots are two charities that have strong ties in the restaurant community,” adds Krasnova. ”Not only are they providing much-needed nourishment to hundreds of families in need through LunchLAB, but the program is also keeping cooks employed, which is something very close to my heart in these uncertain times for our industry.”

Chef Noah is among the many who can attest to the power of community and collaboration during COVID-19 in Vancouver.

“It’s been very reaffirming to see the efforts people are willing to put into this work we’re doing,” Noah said recently in a Q&A for Humans of Support.

“In times of crisis, the people in a position to help others should be making efforts to help those less fortunate, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing. More and more people are reaching out, either to donate food or donate their time to the project. As tough as things might seem for some people out there, I think now more than ever it’s important to stay positive, and make necessary efforts to help those around you.”

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Chefs Feeding Families In Need

MAY 12, 2020

What started last fall as a Vancouver-based educational in-school meal program has shifted in this time of crisis to offer students and their families delicious, healthy, chef-prepared meals out of school.

LunchLAB has partnered with Fresh Roots and Growing Chefs! recognized to work with the Vancouver School Board and collaborators like the Italian Cultural Centre, Pacific Restaurant Supply and Ono Vancouver, to prepare more than 5,000 meals every week, ensuring more than 260 families in need have three nutritious and delicious meals every day.

You can help, too, by ordering up a meal for a family in need with a donation online. Each order placed, provides fresh, healthy, restaurant-quality meals, salad-making kits, fresh produce and pantry staples to families. —Vita Daily

lunchlab.ca

Photo by Mavreen David