Food4Good is the food programming division of the Jasper Place Wellness Center in West Edmonton. Food4Good is supported by community members and organizations who believe that food is a way to connect, learn, grow and share with each other. We believe food should be healthy, accessible, culturally-appropriate and just. We have 4 program areas:
Growing – We coordinate community garden spaces at many locations in the west end, including church properties, apartment complexes, and in private backyards. We also have a community compost site, and facilitate workshops on seeding, container gardening, worm composting and many other growing topics.
Cooking & Eating – Through cooking and eating, we aim to build food literacy within our community, while sharing skills, cultures and reducing social isolation. We organize Collective Kitchens, cooking workshops and kitchen education for elementary students through our local Boys & Girls Club.
Food Access – Increasing access to healthy, affordable and culturally-appropriate foods for all is a large part of our vision. We are currently run Affordable Produce Markets twice a month in west end community leagues. Through bulk buying, retail partnerships, and healthy food donations, we are able to provide fresh foods to our community at 30-50% lower than grocery store prices.
Advocacy – We emphasize the assets our neighbourhoods have to offer and build relationships between individuals and organizations. We want to provide opportunities for community members to find their voice on food security issues and their systemic causes, while supporting people to become advocates of change in their own networks.