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“A lot of people don’t use their initiative, because no one told them they could.” – Banksy
Not many of us are aware of the awesome food initiatives that surround Brock. These initiatives are here for you in a variety of different and extraordinary ways. They are here for you as resources, places of employment, and for volunteer opportunities! So who are we and what are we all about?
Fed Up the Affordable Food Project
That’s us! Fed Up the Affordable Food Project is a food initiative that is working towards making healthy food more accessible at Brock for students, staff and the community. We want students to be able to find healthy and affordable food that benefits the community, is ethically sourced, and is accessible for all. We believe that food is important, it gives you the energy you need and is vital for all life.
If you would like to volunteer with us or would like to learn more about Fed Up, visit our website at www.FeedBrock.org
Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs is a food initiative bringing awareness towards impacts that violence has on food and our community. They work to highlight local poverty, large scale food waste, and the effects that a capitalist food system has on communities. They strive to build unity and support activist groups by providing them with food to eat and supporting their cause.
For more on Food Not Bombs go to www.YourBrock.org/FoodNotBombs
SJC Food Bank
The Brock SJC Food Bank is a food initiative that focuses on food insecurity for students in university. They are conveniently located on Brock’s campus, providing students in need with non-perishable food items. They are an emergency service only and should not be the primary source of food for any one student. However, do not be afraid to reach out to them for help with food.
If you or someone you know struggles with food insecurity, you can both get more information on the help they provide by visiting their website or visiting them on campus in Thistle 252A.
The Garden of Eating – Niagara
The Garden of Eating is a local fruit harvesting initiative helping the Niagara community access fresh and local fruits from people living in Niagara. The Garden of Eating will come to your backyard to pick fruit that you don’t want or cannot eat all of. They believe in sharing and enjoying food together from our own backyards and neighborhoods.
If you know of any fruit needing to be picked and that could be donated, or if you just want to learn more about how you can help, visit their website at www.TheGardenofEating-Niagara.com
DIG – Brock Community Garden
The DIG Brock Community Garden is a food and gardening initiative and a means of environmental education for students. DIG gives the opportunity to students to learn about local produce and how to plant, eat and share healthy wholesome food together. If you have never visited the garden, check it out on campus near the Zone 2 parking lot.
Check out this great initiative more by going to www.YourBrock.org/Garden
About the author:
Vegan food enthusiast and social media junky, Alysha-Lynn is a new member of the Fed Up team. She has a passion for educating people on affordable healthy food choices. She is native to the Niagara community and currently is studying Education and Visual Arts at Brock University. Follow her food adventures and learn more about her on Instagram at @veg_gal