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Harris Helps: Sole Food Street Farms

At Harris, we love to help. We love to help our clients—and also our community.

Earlier this year, we began a new charitable partnership with Sole Food Street Farms (wholly owned by Cultivate Canada—a registered charity). They also love to help. They convert vacant land in the downtown area into urban farms and employ those facing complex barriers to employment such as addiction, poverty, housing insecurity and mental health issues. Not content to just “make work”, Sole Food Street Farms produces artisan quality produce that is sold to chefs at some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants.

Sole Food relies on farm revenues for nearly half of their annual budget. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their ability to generate revenue through restaurant sales is severely limited. Rather than losing their crops and laying off their staff, they have shifted gears for the 2020 growing season.

During the pandemic, Sole Food is committed to keeping its staff employed and donating fresh produce to front-line organizations feeding Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens. Their goal is to offer employees a safe place to work, access to healthy foods, and a continued social connection at a time of distress. By donating produce, Sole Food will help to provide thousands of meals to people in the greatest need.

When we heard their plan we knew we had to help…

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to allow them to employ their staff and donate their produce to feed those in need.

We are committed to matching up to $20,000 of your donations and another donor has generously agreed to match $10,000 of what we donate.

This means if 800 people give at least $25 each, we will be able to reach our goal in no time at all.

If you can — please consider giving more than $25, or commit to ongoing monthly giving… ask your friends and family to participate as well!

The first 450 donations of at least $25 will receive a copy of Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier. Written by its founder, Michael Ableman, this inspirational book chronicles the history of Sole Food. It’s a story filled with hope and renewal – a perfect read for our present time.

Will you join us in helping those who face food insecurity, poverty and health challenges daily?

Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference in our community!

Lindsie Thomson
Managing Partner