Community Food Program

Learn, grow, eat and share. For over 20 years, LifeCycles has been partnering with social service agencies to offer practical food and garden education to community members. These programs support local food systems and foster food justice awareness throughout our community.

Working Together

Together we work to deepen our collective understanding of where food comes from and grow our connection to this place. Our Community Food Program aims to increase access to fresh, healthy and local food by creating a food literate region. Our Community Food Programs are about more than recipes and labels; they are about fostering an awareness of food justice and supporting communities in actively participating in a secure local food system.

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Current Community Food Programs

The People, Plants and Homes Program
is a partnership between LifeCycles Project Society and BC Housing. This program strives to create welcoming spaces for tenants to grow, cook, share and discuss food. We distribute plants, soil and seeds, and provide gardening workshops to all ten of the directly managed BC Housing sites in the Capital Regional District.

Food Empowerment is a multi-faceted initiative partnering with emergency food service providers, shelters and social housing communities to share food and learn together how we can create a healthy, accessible local food system. We are currently supporting food programming in partnership with: Capital Region Housing Corp., Food Share Network, Cool-Aid’s Downtown Community Center, Threshold Housing Society and the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society.

Community Food Reports

Food Literacy

During the summer of 2017, Victoria Cool Aid’s Downtown Community Centre (DCC) and LifeCycles Project Society collaborated on a Food Literacy Pilot Project. A full report on the pilot and findings can be found here.

From the Ground Up

In 2014 we completed a project with SOLID entitled From the ground up: A guide for food based community organizer working with people who are marginalized which continues to inform some of our programming.