Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Good Food for All’s Careers in Food Program is our job readiness and employability program offered to East Vancouver youth. We aim to support youth on their continued path to a healthy and productive life after high school by helping them receive training, secure employment, and embark on a career pathway in the food industry. Long term, our goal is to increase stability in their lives and improve long term food security by securing higher incomes.
Heat’s own career path and personal success inspired the creation of the Careers in Food Program. His career trajectory exemplifies what happens when opportunity meets passion and hard work. We invited Heat to speak to youth to describe his journey and what it took to get to where he is today.
Heat grew up in a low income household frequenting food banks. Heat began working in the food industry at establishments like Tim Hortons and Moxies and found a sense of family working in kitchens. Heat’s work ethic led him to find a chef mentor who encouraged him to attend Vancouver Community College’s Culinary Program and start an apprenticeship in the hotel restaurant industry. He was named Employee of the Year at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Heat cooked for athletes in the 2018 and 2018 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and Pyeongchang, South Korea and will again in Tokyo, Japan in 2022. After completing the Aboriginal Business & Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST) program, Heat went on to his own venture – One Arrow Artisan Meats – an artisanal bacon company that is a hit at the Vancouver Farmer’s. One Arrow can now be found on Spud.ca!
Together with Good Food for All and the Careers in Food Program, Heat wants to inspire at-risk youth to pursue careers in food:
“If you can get youth to experience the rewards of hard work, commitment and healthy choices it really sets them up for success in adulthood.”
Heat’s Career Path
Began working in food service at Tim Hortons and Moxies
Took a job at Culinary Capers which allows him to work in his field and have access to kitchen space to run his own company
A Commitment to Give Back
Even with a full time job and his own business, Heat still prioritizes giving back to his community. He says, “I’m at the point in my life where I’m going to take my business full time and I want to be able to mentor people who want to be chefs as well. It’s a good way to give back to the community or to people who want to learn how to cook because you have the skill set to be able to teach other people as well.”
True to his personality, Heat brought some incredible prizes to give out at the conclusion of his talk with the youth.
Thank you to Heat for being a huge inspiration to us and always supporting our programs!
Good Food for All hits the streets of East Vancouver for a grocery store field trip!
Cheryl Chang guided a tour of East Vancouver food spots – including a produce market, butcher, vegan store and bakery – with peer coaches from East Side Boxing Club’s Afterschool Program. The tour familiarized youth with the healthy and affordable grocery stores and produce markets in their community.
Over the past 3 years of Nutrition Education Sessions, youth most frequently request sessions on developing food skills. This field trip taught youth the skills to plan, purchase, and prepare healthy meals sourced from stores in their neighbourhood. They had a blast at this hands on, cognitive and visual learning experience.
Noah is going into Grade 8 and always brings a positive and welcoming energy to Good Food’s Programs
” I liked learning about my community, produce and being with my friends. I learned the riper the fruit is, the heavier it is because there’s more juice!’
John is going into Grade 12 and has been regularly attending the program for the last 2 years. He’s dedicated a large portion of his life to improving his health and is passionate about helping better his community. He’s also passionate about ensuring that everyone’s spirits are lifted by giving a good laugh.
“On the field trip I learned a variety of things. Some examples are taro is a type of potato that makes my favourite bubble tea flavour. I also learned to not buy the fish sitting on ice, but to ask for the fresher stuff! learning about the healthy food in my neighbourhood has prepared and inspired me to buy local groceries.”
Good Food is passionate about empowering and educating youth to make healthy decisions. We recognize preparing healthy meals at home is a much more affordable option then buying pre-made meals. Good Food seeks to decrease long term food insecurity by providing food skills training and creating long lasting healthy eating habits.
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On December 17th, 2017 Jillian Brookes spoke to the youth on how your diet affects your performance in the ring, and in overall life.
Jillian Brooke is competitive boxer and a respected member of the EastSide Boxing community. She’s participated in the Aprons For Gloves, a charity boxing match that supports the Eastside Boxing Club. She advocates for leading a healthy lifestyle and is passionate about helping others achieve this as well.
She started off by telling her own personal fitness story, explaining that when she began to eat a diet in relation to her goals, she could reach them faster and more effectively.
She explained how the changes in her diet made her training better, she could hit harder and move faster. Also reflecting on her mental health and how eating healthier gave her more motivation to lead a healthier lifestyle in every aspect of her life, including increased motivation to get to the gym! #eatlikeachampfeellikeachamp
After the inspirational speech of self love, then followed some pro tips on meal ideas for before and after a workout.
1. Oatmeal with blueberries with a bit of yogurt/honey
2. Whole Wheat Toast with Sliced Banana + Peanut Butter
3. Sliced apples with almond butter
4. Sweet potato with steamed broccoli and a bit of olive oil
5. 1 cup of Brown rice or Quinoa
1. Boiled egg or Tofu salad with greens, tomatoes and almonds
2. Chicken Breasts with grilled veggies
3. Veggie Omelet (can substitute tofu for eggs) with Avocado, Broccoli, carrots and mushrooms
4. Steamed Broccoli and Carrots with roasted chickpeas or mixed beans (Kidney beans or Black beans) with a couple slices of avocado and \mixed greens.
5. Tuna Sandwich with hummus and vegetables
The youth enjoyed being mentored by someone involved in their community!
To kick off our nutrition education series, we invited Gaby from SPUD Vancouver to talk to the Eastside Boxing Club’s Youth Boxing Program about what to eat pre- and post-workout. Our goal with nutrition session was to emphasize the importance of eating both before and after a workout, provide examples of the best foods to eat, and dispel some of the myths that surround salt, fat, and carbs.
As a Holistic Nutritionist, Gaby believes in using both diet and lifestyle to help individuals achieve healthy balance and well-being. Like Good Food for All, Gaby is passionate about sharing her knowledge and empowering people to make healthy choices.
Access to nutritious food and a working knowledge of nutrition basics is absolutely essential if youth are to remain active and healthy throughout their lives. Currently, children and youth in Vancouver are not getting enough nutrition education. According to a recent study by the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research,
“Despite local and provincial efforts to engage students in food and nutrition experiences, participation in most activities remains relatively low, with few students exposed to multiple activities. Continued advocacy is needed from the dietetics community to improve student engagement in food and nutrition activities.”
Help us continue to provide much needed nutrition education to Vancouver youth – make a donation!
Huge thank you to the Eastside Boxing Club, Gaby, and SPUD for helping us foster a culture of “good food” in our community!