Hamilton Community Food Centre officially opens

News Apr 21, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

There were food offerings from a variety of cultures and lots of them at the grand opening of the Hamilton Community Food Centre on Friday afternoon.

“It’s been a two-year process,” said Denise Arkell, executive director of Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, which has partnered with Community Food Centre Canada on the new centre located in a former grocery store in a plaza at 310 Limeridge Rd. W.

The City of Hamilton and the Ontario Trillium Foundation are also providing funding for the centre along with a number of local businesses and individuals.

Among the initiatives the centre is offering are morning wellness and fitness for seniors, after-school programs where children make and eat fresh food and learn about food justice, and after-school math homework help for students in Grade 7 and 8, drop-in language classes (Arabic, Kurdish and English), drop-in meals, a social justice club where the public can learn how to advocate for change and a welcome baby program for pregnant women.

There is also a farm market and café from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

All of the food is donated or purchased by the centre and prepared in a large community kitchen.

“The community food centre is a place where the community gets to come to get involved,” Arkell said. “We always say the food here is the carrot, but it’s what happens when they come together over food, that’s the magic.”

The new centre has five staff and about 50 volunteers.

See n2ncentre.com/communityfoodcentre for more information.

Hamilton Community Food Centre officially opens

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre initiative about more than just food

News Apr 21, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

There were food offerings from a variety of cultures and lots of them at the grand opening of the Hamilton Community Food Centre on Friday afternoon.

“It’s been a two-year process,” said Denise Arkell, executive director of Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, which has partnered with Community Food Centre Canada on the new centre located in a former grocery store in a plaza at 310 Limeridge Rd. W.

The City of Hamilton and the Ontario Trillium Foundation are also providing funding for the centre along with a number of local businesses and individuals.

Among the initiatives the centre is offering are morning wellness and fitness for seniors, after-school programs where children make and eat fresh food and learn about food justice, and after-school math homework help for students in Grade 7 and 8, drop-in language classes (Arabic, Kurdish and English), drop-in meals, a social justice club where the public can learn how to advocate for change and a welcome baby program for pregnant women.

There is also a farm market and café from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

All of the food is donated or purchased by the centre and prepared in a large community kitchen.

“The community food centre is a place where the community gets to come to get involved,” Arkell said. “We always say the food here is the carrot, but it’s what happens when they come together over food, that’s the magic.”

The new centre has five staff and about 50 volunteers.

See n2ncentre.com/communityfoodcentre for more information.

Hamilton Community Food Centre officially opens

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre initiative about more than just food

News Apr 21, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

There were food offerings from a variety of cultures and lots of them at the grand opening of the Hamilton Community Food Centre on Friday afternoon.

“It’s been a two-year process,” said Denise Arkell, executive director of Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, which has partnered with Community Food Centre Canada on the new centre located in a former grocery store in a plaza at 310 Limeridge Rd. W.

The City of Hamilton and the Ontario Trillium Foundation are also providing funding for the centre along with a number of local businesses and individuals.

Among the initiatives the centre is offering are morning wellness and fitness for seniors, after-school programs where children make and eat fresh food and learn about food justice, and after-school math homework help for students in Grade 7 and 8, drop-in language classes (Arabic, Kurdish and English), drop-in meals, a social justice club where the public can learn how to advocate for change and a welcome baby program for pregnant women.

There is also a farm market and café from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

All of the food is donated or purchased by the centre and prepared in a large community kitchen.

“The community food centre is a place where the community gets to come to get involved,” Arkell said. “We always say the food here is the carrot, but it’s what happens when they come together over food, that’s the magic.”

The new centre has five staff and about 50 volunteers.

See n2ncentre.com/communityfoodcentre for more information.