Posted on September 20, 2019

Request for Members:  Cultural Ingredients Project Steering Committee

With the support of the Labour Market Integration for Newcomers Program, the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative (SJFM) is partnering with the St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership (SJLIP) to identify and address gaps in newcomer access to traditional and/or culturally recognized food products in St. John’s.

It is clear from anecdotal evidence and the experiences of immigrant service providers that it is not always possible for newcomer residents to access the variety and quantity of traditional foods they desire on a consistent basis in St. John’s. This project will explore the following interrelated questions:

  • How challenging is it currently for newcomers to find the staple items or ingredients that
  • reflect their cultural background?
  • What items are most commonly sought (by country of origin or overall)?
  • Exploring cooking, food production, and food preservation – are newcomers exercising their: food knowledge as much as they would like? What opportunities are there to support this?
  • What strategies might be used to address some of the gaps identified in the city and are there opportunities for social enterprise (including both for-profit and non) and community connections/new partnerships to help address these gaps?

We are looking for two (2) individuals with a background and/or connection to cultural foods to volunteer on the project guidance committee, which will meet 3-4 times between October and March to: assist with the selection of a consultant to take on this work, and to oversee the process.

Meetings will generally be no longer than 2 hours, outside of normal business hours, and held at the St. John’s Community Market. 

Please note that members of the steering committee will not be accepting paid work through this project. This project will include honoraria for cultural food producers to organize feedback sessions within their cultural communities – should a potential applicant be interested in pursuing these honoraria, we ask that they not join the steering committee.

If you are interested in helping shape this exciting project, please send an email to Pam Anstey, Executive Director, at ed@sjfm.ca with the subject line “Cultural Ingredients Committee” – we are accepting expressions of interest until 5 PM on September 25th. 

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