Food Security and Food Skills
We provide youth in East Vancouver with access to nutritious food through healthy after-school snacks and food pantries.
Good Food works to empower at-risk youth to make healthy food choices through our nutrition education and food skills classes.
We partner with nonprofits and community organizations running activity-based programs to ensure youth are getting the nutrition and support they need to stay active and healthy.
We enter into collaborative partnerships with organizations that offer safe, healthy, and welcoming community space for youth to go after school. Our food security programs play a vital role in the success of these programs: food is a major factor in getting youth off the streets and through the door.
Working with the Eastside After School Program
In partnership with the East Side Boxing Club, Good Food for All works to combat food insecurity and teach nutrition education to East Van youth aged 13-19 attending the Eastside After School Program.
Our Programming Includes:
- Fresh, nutritionally complete snacks 5x per week
- Healthy food pantry staples
- Nutrition education and food skills classes
Good Food for All delivers nutritionally complete pre- and post-workout snacks directly to the boxing gym 5 times a week. A complete snack includes fresh fruit and vegetables, a protein, a carb, and a snack to take home. For many youth in the after school boxing program, the snacks they receive are the first ‘meal’ they eat all day.
All fresh snacks are vegetarian. Good Food for All makes a concerted effort to serve whole organic foods that are low in added sugar and sodium. We also support local farmers and businesses.
The food pantry was established at the boxing club to bridge the food gap between program days. Youth can discretely access the food pantry on an as-needed basis. Today, the food pantry is stocked with semi- and non-perishable breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Staples include oatmeal, granola, tuna, rice, trail mix, peanut butter, apples, oranges, pears, and mac and cheese. Our food pantry staples only include items we ourselves would eat and serve our children: Cuppa Noodles have no place here!
To further empower youth to make healthy food choices, we provide nutrition education classes. With the help of nutritionists, Good Food for All creates age-appropriate education materials on a range of topics, including what to eat before and after workouts, what proteins and carbs are, why fats and fruit are important to any diet, and why water is important to body function. We also invite nutritionists to provide nutrition education sessions on a range of topics, and encourage youth to ask questions about healthy eating and nutrition.
The Positive Effects of Good Food
Our programming positively impacts youth in the program in a variety of ways. Some outcomes include:
- At-risk youth have greater access to healthy food
- Youth are making healthier food choices
- Food increases attendance at the after school boxing program