MISSION & MANDATE
Rock Soup Greenhouse and Food Bank’s mission is to address food insecurity in Wetaskiwin and surrounding areas from a perspective unique to any other food bank in Alberta. This is accomplished by addressing these barriers in the current food bank system:`
- The current food bank system is delivered from a non-secular, governmental service provider. This presents barriers to those who have experienced systemic and or multigenerational systemic trauma.
- The current food bank service model is restrictive, intrusive, and undignified. Individuals must prove and provide a significant amount of personal information to be able to access service, not to mention the food. The process to obtain the food is restrictive, and without autonomy or consideration to individual nutritional requirements.
- The current system lacks sustainable access to fresh produce and in providing individual access to food access in accordance with the Canadian Food Guide’s nutritional recommendations.
Our mandate is to provide food security in a way that normalizes and dignifies access to healthy food while putting individual autonomy in the forefront.
- Rock Soup is a grassroots non-profit, intentionally secular and separate from government, thus minimizing the potential systemic re-traumatization.
- The food bank is set up as a general store with hours of operation and access to groceries intended to replicate the shopping experience. There will be no personal information or documentation required to access food and any information retained by Rock Soup would be volunteered and only used for what it was consented for ie; testimonials, feedback, social media contributions, general statistics for funding purposes.
- Rock Soup had an attached greenhouse that will provide individuals with access to year-round sustainable produce. The greenhouse is intended to balance community donation with the intentionality required to provide individuals with access to food that meets the nutritional standard in accordance with the Canadian Food Guide.
Our work will be informed by understanding the trauma related to these 3 identified truths.
1. Non-secular and governmental institutions are connected to generational and multigenerational trauma as well as many of the social determinants of health.
2. Current service delivery system has several identified barriers that dissuade individual access obtaining sustainable intentional food security.
- Undignified and intrusive requirements to be able to access
- Hours of operation
- Disbursement of food/hamper style
- The food distributed does not meet nutritional standards of the individual situation and needs
3. The Canadian Food Guide presents a clear example of the disparity in access to nutritional food to people across socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Access to sustainable produce, grains, and proteins
- Knowledge and understanding of how to prepare nutritional meals
- Autonomy to make the Food Guide work for their individual situation/needs
Rock Soup addresses these truths by working from an intentional grass roots structure, free of informational or income related requirements providing access to food security to anyone, period!
Access to food is done in a shopping setting with individuals free to select the items that make sense for them, with hours of operation to reflect that setting.
Rock Soup’s attached Greenhouse has 6000 square feet dedicated to sustainable produce, grains, and proteins for the store.
Rock Soup provides space for community engagement, education, related to preparation of meals and nutritional balance in accordance with the Canadian Food Guide