Hello! My name is Robyn and I am excited to be doing some blog posts for Planted in the near future. Since I am new to this, here is a quick introduction to myself.
Three years ago, I moved to Vancouver from Edmonton and was antsy to find an organization to give some of my free time to. A friend suggested the Potluck Café and soon I was involved in the community kitchen there. Being a part of that has been an enriching experience. I have learned the importance of instilling dignity, purpose and autonomy in food program participants and in recognizing the many points of similarities among us. The camaraderie I experienced among those who show up to community kitchen was unexpected and something I feel blessed to be a part of.
It was through Potluck Café that I was introduced to Planted, whose position and values concerning food security in Vancouver resonated strongly with my own. When I made the move to Vancouver, the issue of homelessness seemed massive and overwhelming. I wanted to help in some way, but felt completely unarmed. Involvement with Potluck Café and Planted has given me tangible ways to use my strengths and resources to support others who do not have access to the same resources.
I am currently in school, working towards my goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Being involved with Planted has been a great way of combining my passion for the marginalized population of Vancouver with my passion for food and nutrition. The following statement by Planted articulates this sentiment perfectly,
“WE BELIEVE in providing food in sustainable, nutritious ways that build on the strengths of the vulnerable, and foster community.”
So far, I have seen first-hand how Planted encourages community and I am excited to gain more exposure on how they discover and utilize the strengths of the vulnerable.
More to come!