N2N centre seeking $1.1 million from city

News Sep 18, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Officials from Neighbour to Neighbour Centre will be at the city’s Board of Health Monday afternoon seeking $1.1 million to help fund a new community food centre.

Earlier this year the Athens Street centre, which operates a food bank that serves 1,200 households each month, a received community food centre designation from Community Food Centres Canada.

According to the CFC Canada website, the mission of community food centres is to bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food.

CFC Canada is looking to set up a fifth community food centre in Ontario (there are two in Toronto and one in Perth and one in Stratford).

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre executive director Denise Arkell said they responded to a request for proposals last fall from CFC Canada and learned last December they had been approved.

The cost of the project, including renovations to a 5,500 square-foot area of a former grocery store at in a plaza 310 Limeridge Road West that will be home to the new centre, is $3.3 million.

Arkell said $1.1 million is coming from CFC Canada, N2N will fundraise another $1.1 million and $1.1 million is needed from the city.

All over five years.

“We really believe the city will support this venture,” said Arkell, who noted nothing will change at their west Mountain location once the nearby community food centre opens in the fall of 2016.

City officials are recommending an immediate $200,000 grant to help pay for the renovations.

Of that, $150,000 will come from the city’s social services initiative reserve fund and $50,000 will come from the Ward 8 area rating reserve.

City staff is recommending the request for an additional $200,000 annually over the next five years be referred to the 2016 budget discussions.

“This is not a food bank,” said Clare Wagner, manager of community foods at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. “The best comparison that I can make is it is just like a library or recreation centre, a place where anyone can come no matter how much money they make.”

Wagner said she envisions the centre offering free meals each day prepared by a chef using locally grown food, teaching single mothers and teenagers how to cook and make nutritious meals in the commercial kitchen, teaching the public how to grow their own food and how to access inexpensive food along with other food-related programs.

Wagner said they will be consulting the local Rolston neighbourhood about the kinds of food-related programs and services they would like to see.

“It’s about building a community and making people feel hopeful,” Wagner said.

N2N centre seeking $1.1 million from city

Money will be used to help fund community food centre

News Sep 18, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Officials from Neighbour to Neighbour Centre will be at the city’s Board of Health Monday afternoon seeking $1.1 million to help fund a new community food centre.

Earlier this year the Athens Street centre, which operates a food bank that serves 1,200 households each month, a received community food centre designation from Community Food Centres Canada.

According to the CFC Canada website, the mission of community food centres is to bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food.

CFC Canada is looking to set up a fifth community food centre in Ontario (there are two in Toronto and one in Perth and one in Stratford).

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre executive director Denise Arkell said they responded to a request for proposals last fall from CFC Canada and learned last December they had been approved.

The cost of the project, including renovations to a 5,500 square-foot area of a former grocery store at in a plaza 310 Limeridge Road West that will be home to the new centre, is $3.3 million.

Arkell said $1.1 million is coming from CFC Canada, N2N will fundraise another $1.1 million and $1.1 million is needed from the city.

All over five years.

“We really believe the city will support this venture,” said Arkell, who noted nothing will change at their west Mountain location once the nearby community food centre opens in the fall of 2016.

City officials are recommending an immediate $200,000 grant to help pay for the renovations.

Of that, $150,000 will come from the city’s social services initiative reserve fund and $50,000 will come from the Ward 8 area rating reserve.

City staff is recommending the request for an additional $200,000 annually over the next five years be referred to the 2016 budget discussions.

“This is not a food bank,” said Clare Wagner, manager of community foods at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. “The best comparison that I can make is it is just like a library or recreation centre, a place where anyone can come no matter how much money they make.”

Wagner said she envisions the centre offering free meals each day prepared by a chef using locally grown food, teaching single mothers and teenagers how to cook and make nutritious meals in the commercial kitchen, teaching the public how to grow their own food and how to access inexpensive food along with other food-related programs.

Wagner said they will be consulting the local Rolston neighbourhood about the kinds of food-related programs and services they would like to see.

“It’s about building a community and making people feel hopeful,” Wagner said.

N2N centre seeking $1.1 million from city

Money will be used to help fund community food centre

News Sep 18, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Officials from Neighbour to Neighbour Centre will be at the city’s Board of Health Monday afternoon seeking $1.1 million to help fund a new community food centre.

Earlier this year the Athens Street centre, which operates a food bank that serves 1,200 households each month, a received community food centre designation from Community Food Centres Canada.

According to the CFC Canada website, the mission of community food centres is to bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food.

CFC Canada is looking to set up a fifth community food centre in Ontario (there are two in Toronto and one in Perth and one in Stratford).

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre executive director Denise Arkell said they responded to a request for proposals last fall from CFC Canada and learned last December they had been approved.

The cost of the project, including renovations to a 5,500 square-foot area of a former grocery store at in a plaza 310 Limeridge Road West that will be home to the new centre, is $3.3 million.

Arkell said $1.1 million is coming from CFC Canada, N2N will fundraise another $1.1 million and $1.1 million is needed from the city.

All over five years.

“We really believe the city will support this venture,” said Arkell, who noted nothing will change at their west Mountain location once the nearby community food centre opens in the fall of 2016.

City officials are recommending an immediate $200,000 grant to help pay for the renovations.

Of that, $150,000 will come from the city’s social services initiative reserve fund and $50,000 will come from the Ward 8 area rating reserve.

City staff is recommending the request for an additional $200,000 annually over the next five years be referred to the 2016 budget discussions.

“This is not a food bank,” said Clare Wagner, manager of community foods at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. “The best comparison that I can make is it is just like a library or recreation centre, a place where anyone can come no matter how much money they make.”

Wagner said she envisions the centre offering free meals each day prepared by a chef using locally grown food, teaching single mothers and teenagers how to cook and make nutritious meals in the commercial kitchen, teaching the public how to grow their own food and how to access inexpensive food along with other food-related programs.

Wagner said they will be consulting the local Rolston neighbourhood about the kinds of food-related programs and services they would like to see.

“It’s about building a community and making people feel hopeful,” Wagner said.