Nanaimo Foodshare Society is undertaking a number of initiatives in their role as a the Food Hub for the Nanaimo region. With leadership from Executive Director Jen Cody, Foodshare facilitates regular community roundtables, including two in 2017 which focused on school food programs and collective marketing opportunities for the local agricultural sector.
In their role as a Food Hub, Foodshare is engaged in a number of community initiatives to support a healthy food system across the Nanaimo Region, including the Seniors' Legacy Project, a cooking and health project for seniors in partnership with Senior's Connect, and the Food Security Assessment and Action Initiative, a project in collaboration with community leaders, with support from the Vancouver Foundation. To date, they have developed a steering committee and public, searchable database of resources and reports related to food security.
Outside of their hub role, Foodshare provides a variety of food security and food literacy services and programs across the region.
Hub Lead: Nanaimo Foodshare Society
Jen Cody is the Executive Director for Nanaimo Foodshare Society, and the lead for the Nanaimo region Hub. Jen has a strong web of community connections – these connections are the key to her role convening community stakeholders in planning and action for a Healthy Food System in the Nanaimo region. Her strong understanding of food systems issues make her an effective grant writer and strategist when it comes to tackling key priorities with local communities.
Within the Hub Collective Jen’s dietetic and farming background form a unique perspective on the intersections of healthy eating and food producing lands
Jen Cody has been involved with increasing community capacity for food security since 1999. In 2006 she moved to Nanaimo where she has been active in the First Nations communities, as a dietitian, a farmer and a food champion in the region. In 2014 Jen took on her current ED email@example.com
Hélène Dufour is a dietitian with Public Health at Island Health. She works at promoting health through food and nutrition in Oceanside, Port Alberni, Central West Coast including Aboriginal communities. Her community nutrition role encompasses a broad set of activities including nutrition education, nutrition and health promotion as well as assessment and planning to meet communities’ needs to access a safe, adequate and healthful diet. She especially enjoys translating general nutrition recommendations into action and is passionate about bringing the importance of nutrition and food on the agenda in her communities.
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