Island Food Hubs - Together for Food

Comox Valley Region

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LUSH VALLEY FOOD ACTION SOCIETY

LUSH Valley Food Action Society works hard to support the Comox Valley community in gaining food-systems skills and knowledge to increase food security, self-sufficiency, and local food production across the region, with a vision of placing local food at the heart of community well-being.

In 2017/2018, LUSH reached 7785 people through their programs. They provided 462 workshops, including community kitchens, work parties, food growing and harvesting workshops. 6,650 servings of local fruits and vegetables were cooked and served during 579 meals in the community, through partnerships with 55 local partner agencies and funders, and over 240 volunteers.

LUSH Valley's current focus is to provide all in their community with the food access and skills they need to feel empowered healthy and resilient by educating, and sharing the harvest and abundance of their beautiful community.

Maurita Prato

Hub Lead: LUSH Valley

As the Executive Director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society in the Comox Valley, Maurita's current focus is on helping the communities of the Comox Valley gain the skills and knowledge they need to grow, access, and prepare healthy, local food, while pushing for progressive food policy change. Within the Hub Collective, Maurita brings extensive knowledge in working within the political spectrum to develop progressive policy for communities engaged in building local, sustainable food systems.

In addition to her experience in food security organizations, Maurita holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and a diploma in Ecological Gardening.

erika@clayoquotbiosphere.org
250 725 2219

Jessie Newman

Jessie is a Registered Dietitian working with Island Health’s Aboriginal Health Team. Jessie’s office is in Campbell River and she works with Aboriginal communities throughout the North Island, with the Comox Valley as the Southern boundary.

Jessie.Newman@viha.ca

Kimberley Black

Kimberley is a Registered Dietitian working with Island Health’s Public Health team, and completed her Food, Nutrition and Health degree from UBC in 2011. Kim’s office is in Campbell River and she works with child, youth and family programs and schools throughout the North Island, with the Comox Valley as the Southern boundary. Kimberley supports the work of the food hubs in the North Island by participating in food roundtables, is a member of the Strathcona Health Network table of partners, as well as the steering committees for the Sayward and Gold River Children’s health hubs.

Kimberley.Black@viha.ca
250 850 2115

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