NORTH VANCOUVER – Two grants from the B.C. Government totalling $22,250 will help the North Shore plan for a healthier community.

A $17,500 grant will help the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver operate the North Shore Table Matters Network (NSTMN). The NSTMN project will address food security and waste by developing recovery partnerships between retailers and community organizations. It will also increase access to food for community agencies that provide meals to residents who are at risk.

A $5,000 grant will be used to organize a day-long Active School Travel 101 for the District of West Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. Participants will discuss ways to facilitate and grow active school travel on the North Shore.

This grant is awarded under the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant, which supports local government in learning about the needs of their residents in the fields of mental health, physical activity and literacy. More than 150 applications were received from communities across the province for projects as diverse as active transportation planning and urban agriculture promotion.

“Though B.C. is one of the healthiest provinces in Canada, we must continue to work together at all levels of government to foster health-minded citizens and communities,” Minister of Health Terry Lake said. “It is important for healthy living to start where we live, work, learn and play. These grants help support local governments to work collaboratively within their communities to make lasting change in the health of British Columbians.”