Fresh Roots envisions a world of Good Food For All, where everyone has access to healthy food, land, and community. We work towards that goal because there is real need. Many in our society do not know how food is grown, how to budget for it, let alone how to cook it. Six of 10 children aged 12 – 17 do not eat the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables; 31% of children are overweight or obese. Additionally, we have recently found out that ¼ of the students are food insecure in the schools Fresh Roots works with, a survey completed by a UBC Nursing cohort.  Our current food system is failing our planet and our children, and we recognized that the answer to these problems starts at school.

To address access to healthy foods, food-based skills, and positive food communities, Fresh Roots has developed a project called Community Eats. Throughout the year, Fresh Roots hosts Community Eats workshops where students make food together, discuss important and challenging topics relating to our food, cultivate connections with peers and community members, and lastly, but most importantly, share food- together. We will explore topics such as indigenous foods, migrant agricultural worker program, and making food for your community. In addition, we also believe that gaining skills in preparing and cooking Good Food encourages youth to carry those skills with them into their homes, and hopefully into their future lives.

During the summer, youth offer a vegetarian, by donation meal at VanTech Secondary School from 12 – 1 on Tuesday’s and Wednesdays.

July 17, 18, 24, 25, 31

August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22

If you are interested in joining us for lunch or have questions, please email soyl@freshroots.ca