Food Security in Boyle Street and McCauley
“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (World Food Summit, 1996)
With Chinatown on one side and Little Italy around the corner, our neighbourhood is a pretty delicious place to be. However, we have many neighbours who can’t enjoy the treats available at local eateries because even their most basic food needs are not being met due to lack of affordable, healthy food.
There are already many people and groups working to improve food security in Boyle Street and McCauley, and I hope to share most of the available local programs here. There is a lot happening across Edmonton, but I am going to stay focused on the hyper-local: just our two neighbourhoods.
Please help to keep this list current by contributing ideas and resources not included here. It takes a community to feed a community!
WECAN Food Basket Society: Prepay at the start of the month for a basket of fresh produce and frozen meat items, to be picked up in the 3rd week of the month. The depot for our neighbourhood is McCauley Boys & Girls Club on 95 Street. More information: wecanfood.com
Fresh Routes: NEW!! A mobile grocery store made from adapted trucks and buses that brings fresh, affordable food to us! Visit the nearest Fresh Routes stop on Tuesdays 4:15-5:15 p.m. at the Norwood Child & Family Centre, but more nearby stops are coming. Check the website for updates: freshroutes.ca
Food Bank: Provides free food hampers and other support services. Has a number of secondary depots for food pick up within Boyle Street/McCauley. Registration generally required. edmontonsfoodbank.com
Bread Run (Salvation Army): Every Monday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m., a truck drops off day old baked goods (and often other food) on 96 Street in front of Sacred Heart Church. No registration required – just show up with a grocery bag.
Collective Kitchens: Prepare a bulk amount of food cheaply, together with others. Usually you can take home a number of meals to serve at home.
Weekly classes and collective kitchens occur at the YMCA Family Resource Centre, where you can prepare 2-3 meals per session, at a price of $3 per portion (bring your own containers). Pre-register at 780-426-9265 or visit northernalberta.ymca.ca and click on Boyle Street Plaza location information.
Free Drop-In Meals: There are many nearby places to access a free meal, so many that they can’t all be listed here! Please visit edmonton.cmha.ca/211-resource-lists and click on their list of meals. There is also a list at www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/need-help/workshops-collectives
Kathryn is the Manager of Community Development, Housing & Mental Health Division, with e4c.