Our Background

The mission of the Food Skills Connection is to develop a resilient, inclusive food literacy program for people who are experiencing (or at risk of) food insecurity. The FSC specifically focuses on developing and implementing workshops related to food skills, one of the main components of food literacy. The FSC is a community collaboration between the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store, Shelbourne Community Kitchen, Community Living Victoria, and the Community Cabbage.

We came together in July 2016 to discuss how we can help our mutual organizations address food insecurity specifically in the Shelbourne/UVic/Tolmie region, and found out we all faced similar issues around resource gathering, distribution, and reaching out to different populations. We realized the best way to address food insecurity was to work together and come up with ideas that would contribute to the amazing food security work already being done in Greater Victoria. A working group was formed, and we have gone ahead to plan, develop, and implement food skills related workshops that run on community collaboration, community facilitation, and community knowledge. We recognize that each of our respective organizations holds knowledge about particular sectors of food security, as do workshop participants, and we encourage community-based learning and sharing, emphasizing consent, respect, and inclusion.

Our Purpose

Our partnership will contribute to the enhanced food literacy and food security work being done in the community, specifically in the Shelbourne/UVic/Tolmie region. The FSC will work together around the following guiding principles:

* Enhanced partnership, collaboration, resource sharing, and cooperation among food security-related organizations in Victoria, in order to promote food security and food literacy

* Increased program participation of people accessing services, increasing food security and food literacy through capacity building

* Accessibility and inclusion to be interwoven into every aspect of our programming and program delivery

* Developing and implementing programs using values of respect, consent, dignity, choice, accommodation, and accountability

* Supporting alternative local food distribution systems

* Measuring outcomes and evaluating the impact of the project on the food skills, food literacy, and food security of the participants

* Retain accountability to the public, fellow community organizations, and workshop participants and facilitators, in terms of deliverables for grant applications, scheduled programs, food safe standards, inclusivity, and fiscal responsibility.

Check out our page to find the contact information of the Food Skills Connection, participating community organizations, past and future workshops, recipes used in workshops, and more!