Food is a universal need. It is also a rich way to bring people together.
Sustenance Festival organizers, partners, and the Vancouver Parks Board staff have been working to develop more cross-cultural connections and collaborations. This included starting a Community Food Initiative fund, Intercultural Advisory Committee, and a “listening” campaign.
Community Food Initiative Fund
The Community Food Initiative Fund offers $500 grants to supporting community groups who are underrepresented in local food, arts & culture.
More information about the Community Food Initiative fund here.
Intercultural Advisory Committee
This committee provided direction for staff, funding, and the overall festival. Their work has included identifying barriers to participation, developing new project collaborations, and connecting with existing community food initiatives that have may not be seen as part of the mainstream local food, arts & culture community.
Sustenance Interculturalism Coordinator Stephanie Lim asked community members to share their perspectives on the food movement throughout 2017. A report was developed with recommendations to meaningfully include and support diverse and underrepresented community groups’ participation.