Holistic nutritionist Gaby Weisbom came to the Eastside After School Program to talk to youth about the best foods to eat before and after a workout.
Good Food for All is thankful to have wonderful donors like Heat Laliberte and the team at Fairmont Pacific Rim supporting our mission to increase access, interest, and knowledge of healthy food for East Vancouver youth.
Heat is a chef at Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver and is launching his own venture, One Arrow Artisan Bacon, (yes please!) later this spring.
Heat and his co-workers at Fairmont Pacific Rim organized a food drive and collected enough food to stock the Punch ‘n’ Munch food pantry for a full month. Read on to find out why Heat donated and what he hopes his donation will accomplish.
Name: Heat Laliberte
Occupation: Chef/Owner One Arrow Artisan Bacon & cook at Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel
Favourite (healthy) food: Chia seeds
Real favourite food: Bacon!
Do you have a special message to share?
I grew up in a single parent and low-income household. We relied on the food bank and Christmas hampers more than I can count. At the time I was ashamed and embarrassed about it but once you grow up, have a career, become self-aware you can give back. It’s paying it forward in a sense. For the lucky people that haven’t had the struggles you can motivate others to give back!
What motivated you to donate to Good Food and the Punch ‘n’ Munch Program?
I attended a beginner class with a regular and struck up a conversation with Leigh Carter at the Eastside Boxing Club desk. She gave me a tour of the gym and showed me where the kids have their safe space to come to. I noticed their dry goods/non perishables supplies were low and thought I should start a food drive. The culinary team at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel were super receptive and many people donated food and cash donations to purchase food.
What do you hope your donation will achieve?
I hope it inspires other to donate healthy food to the Punch ‘n’ Munch Program. I hope it brings awareness to the youth in the DTES that are making proactive choices. They could choose the latter. 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.
A huge thank you to Heat and his co-workers for supporting Good Food for All!
We are pleased to introduce Good Food for All’s Board of Directors. Our international team has expertise in the public and private sectors and ample passion for social issues. Read on to meet the Board…
Elizabeth Fisher was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. For the past 10 years, she has traveled the world working in the nonprofit sector. During this time, Elizabeth earned her BA in International Development from McGill University in Montreal and her MPA in Nonprofit Management from New York University in New York. She has worked with vulnerable and marginalized populations in Kenya, Rwanda, Cambodia, and New York in the areas of economic development and education. Upon her return to Vancouver, Elizabeth opted to focus her efforts on more local needs and founded Good Food for All in 2015. She looks forward to using her skills and experience to tackle food insecurity and inequality in Vancouver.
Laura Bennegadi was born and raised in Paris, France where she graduated valedictorian of an M.S. in International Strategic Management at the Sorbonne University. Laura decided to use her business background to contribute to the success of artistic and cultural endeavors. She has worked in the New York theater industry as an associate producer on three Off-Broadway shows and has worked as a marketing coordinator for US tours of live shows. Laura has also experience in development as she worked on fundraising campaigns, such as the American Friends of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation’s campaign which led to 30M Euros donations by 18 individuals. She is currently the Associate Director of the T.Fellowship program, in association with Columbia University School of the Arts. Laura is the CEO and Founder of ArtBound Initiative, an international arts internship program which connects interns with professional artists, galleries, and arts organizations in New York and in Berlin. www.artboundinitiative.com
Rachel Tennenbaum is an experienced communications professional, California native, and NYC resident. She currently works at the education nonprofit Teach For America, where she develops knowledge management strategies to facilitate communications between TFA’s national development team and its 53 regional offices. She joined TFA as a communications associate, and previously served as a communications manager with HealthCorps, a teen-health nonprofit founded by Dr. Oz. Rachel has a BA in Writing from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in International Relations and Media from NYU. A committed social justice advocate, Rachel nurses an interest in sustainability and alternative economic models. Given some down time, she can be found doing yoga, taking exploratory walks around the city, and reading. She is so happy to be part of Good Food for All’s work.
We at Good Food for All love our mother earth and are committed to environmentally sustainable business practices at all stages. From buying and serving local and organic food to utilizing sustainably sourced office supplies, we actively try to reduce our environmental footprint wherever possible.
That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of our Greening Good Food Initiative, which will reduce the environmental footprint of the Healthy Snacks for Active Youth program. The Greening Good Food Initiative will reduce environmental impact by switching from plastic food service items to eco-friendly, compostable, non-toxic, and/or sustainable material food service disposables. The initiative will substitute plastic cutlery and cups for wooden or compostable. It will also substitute toxic dyed plates, bowls, and napkins made from raw materials for non-toxic made from recycled materials that are easily composted and/or recycled after use.
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