Dining in Silence

A Hearing Impaired Experience of Community Meals Written by Angelina Lam The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) Awareness Survey reported that almost 1 out of 4 Canadians have some hearing impairment. It is commonly thought that hearing loss is related to age, however younger people can also experience changes in their hearing ability. Dining for peopleContinue reading “Dining in Silence”

Those who Promote Peace Through the Rupert Report

From our Community Kitchen Coordinator, Simeon: Each week, over the sounds and smells of an active kitchen, I hear the stories – stories whose affects last long after the food is gone. They are stories of life, living closely together, the struggles of keeping health or the fight against isolation, and the bountiful opportunities forContinue reading “Those who Promote Peace Through the Rupert Report”

First Taste of Food Security

Written by Planted Volunteer, Angelina Lam Food security is an issue for people living in poverty. Having adequate foods and a safe place to eat can be difficult. However, a quaint community café at a little corner of West 10th Ave makes dining possible even for vulnerable individuals. This summer through a UBC course onContinue reading “First Taste of Food Security”

Everybody Copes: Understanding Addiction

Written by: Cristel Moubarak, RD There are various explanations for addiction, and many degrading descriptions for those suffering from it. But are addicts really that different from the average Joe? Well… not really. The primary difference is the coping mechanism. Can any of us go through life without coping? The Union Gospel Mission counselors andContinue reading “Everybody Copes: Understanding Addiction”

Inclusion is the New Fusion Cooking

Simeon, or Community Kitchen Coordinator, shares what he has learned about the benefits of inclusion – Vancouver-based cooking lessons from around the world: “I don’t remember ever being ‘taught’ to cook. I just followed my mother, and later my grandmother, picking things up as I went along. They were mainly ‘meat/potatoes/veg’ recipes…I wasn’t exposed toContinue reading “Inclusion is the New Fusion Cooking”

Dining in the Dark (Part 2)

Continued reflections on community meals & visual impairment… From David Neufeld Personal Safety Personal safety while dining among people with unpredictable behaviours is a concern. Vision loss makes it difficult to gauge situations and escape conflict. A sighted patron who has become agitated may misinterpret the presence of someone with a visual impairment, and mayContinue reading “Dining in the Dark (Part 2)”

Dining in the Dark (Part 1)

From David Neufeld, a friend of Planted: With less money and more time on my hands after leaving the workforce due to vision loss, I started eating at community meals organized by my friends Karen Giesbrecht and Simeon Pang. This presented an opportunity to explore the experience of the visually impaired within this community. CommunityContinue reading “Dining in the Dark (Part 1)”

Do All Volunteers Need to Get a Criminal Record Check?

Do volunteers at charitable food programs need to have a criminal record check, or is it optional? Does it depend on what kind of population the program is serving? What’s the process and does it cost? Who exactly is a volunteer, when programs (such as Planted recommends) follow Asset Based Community Development principles to blurContinue reading “Do All Volunteers Need to Get a Criminal Record Check?”

Community Meals & Concussions

The 2014 Vancouver Homeless Survey reported that 80% of Vancouver’s most vulnerable people have one or more challenging health conditions. If we surveyed guests at different community meals, the statistics would be similar. One common and likely under-diagnosed challenge is concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s). Individuals recovering from head injuries may report: There areContinue reading “Community Meals & Concussions”