VOTE FOR US!!  Food Action has been named as a finalist for one of two $25,000 grants from the EpicureTM Foundation’s 2018 Community Grant Initiative for a new project called Cooking for Community.

Food insecurity is a growing
concern in the Okanagan. Cooking skills are important to food security, but
skills can’t improve food access for people who lack the resources to buy or
cook healthy food for themselves.

Cooking for Community
encourages community members to prepare meals for those who can’t cook for
themselves. Through the program, we’ll raise awareness of food insecurity and
give our “community cooks” a way to help people in need – while improving their
own cooking skills!

Our project is a weekly cooking class/community kitchen where people from all walks of life learn to cook healthy
fresh food. Every session, we’ll select a
demographic in need (seniors, homeless, at-risk youth) and focus our
recipes/meal preparation on their nutritional needs. The meals prepared
will be distributed afterwards to those people at no

While there are weekday meal
services in Vernon, none operate on Sundays. This program may help fill that

Food Action ran a pilot
kitchen in early November in collaboration with HOPE Outreach Vernon. Over 45 meals
were distributed to homeless people. One HOPE volunteer commented, “It’s a real
treat for them to have a hot meal on a cold Sunday night.”

Samara Sonmor, Food Action’s
Executive Director, says “I see the growing homeless population out there and
feel helpless. We want to create something that might help. Since we’re running
cooking classes anyway, why not cook healthy meals for others at the same time?”
Sonmor hopes this will be a hands-on, practical way for community members to come
out and help those in need, but funding is needed to get the kitchens up and

To secure this funding, we need your help! The grant is awarded based on public online voting from November 26 to December 16, 2018. You will find links to the voting application below. (You do not need to create an account to cast a vote, simply fill out the form provided at the link.)

How to vote:

  • Be sure to send all of
    your supporters to the voting page starting at 1:00 pm (PT) on
    Monday, November 26
  • Voting will remain open
    until December 16, 11:59 pm (PT).
  • One vote per person.
  • Vote here:

Make sure to check off Food Action’s Cooking for Community project!

About us: The Food Action Society is a non-profit charity dedicated to raising awareness and addressing food security issues. Its work is funded through program-specific grants, donations, fundraising, and participant contributions. Food Action Society programs include: Community Kitchens, Community Gardens, Cook It Try It Like It, Patchwork Gardeners, EatAbility, and a variety of food-related workshops. For more information, visit our website at

About Epicure™ and the
Epicure Foundation™:

started with founder Sylvie Rochette, a Quebec native, and her desire to cook
fast, healthy, crowd-pleasing meals for her family. Today, Epicure is
nationwide, 100% Canadian owned, and is driven to helping people reconnect with
good food while providing life-changing opportunities. The Epicure
Foundation is committed to promoting food security in Canada by supporting
Community Initiatives that help to provide adequate physical and economic
access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets dietary requirements
to support and sustain an active, healthy lifestyle.

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