LA TERANGA - Culturally Relevant Food Staples for Members of African Descent on Vancouver Island


La Teranga -  Food Distribution


As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the African Caribbean Cultural Contributor Society launched a new program called La Teranga. Every week from August - November, we are providing food baskets of culturally relevant food staples to members of the African descent community living in Victoria, View Royal, Central Saanich, Langford, Duncan, and Nanaimo.  

The baskets will contain a mix of culturally relevant perishable and non-perishable food items. A few delivery spots are available in the Victoria/CRD/Ladysmith areas every week. If your clients are interested, please have them fill out this form. 

**Please note: The deadline to sign up for Thursday pick-up is 3:30pm every Wednesday**
Pick Up Dates/Locations (3:30-5:30pm)
Centre ISSAMBA Centre: 209 - 2722 Fifth Street, Victoria BC V8T 4B2

If you have questions about the program, please email issambacentre@gmail.com. 
Visit our website: www.issambacentre.ca/donate
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Help feed more families with La Teranga food baskets

Help feed families with La Teranga Food Baskets

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the African Arts & Cultural Contributor Society has launched a 12-week food distribution program called La Teranga Food Baskets. 

We are providing food baskets filled with culturally-relevant, perishable and non-perishable food staples to members of the African descent and black community living in Victoria, Saanich, Langford, Duncan, and Nanaimo.

The demand has been overwhelming. In the first 2 days, we reached over 140 individuals. The need for La Teranga Food Baskets is apparent. COVID-19 data released by the province of BC stated that Black individuals were among the racialized communities more likely to report not working due to COVID-19, therefore have increased difficulty meeting financial needs. 

Similarly, the Broadbent Institute reports that Black communities are 3.5 times more likely to experience food insecurity compared to White Canadians, even after adjusting for factors like immigration status, education level, and homeownership. Black children were also 34 percent more likely to be food insecure compared to 10 percent of White children.

We need your help to keep this program running past November 30th, 2020.

The goal of this fundraiser is to raise funds to address food insecurity for low-income members of the black community living in Victoria, Saanich, Langford, Duncan, Sooke and Nanaimo.

Each food basket costs an average of $50 for a 3 person household and we hope to feed 50 families every week. 

The Fundraiser Goal:

We hope to raise $60, 000 to keep this program running for the next year.  

The Organization:

Our mission is to advance awareness and understanding of the richness and diversity of African culture and traditions through the promotion of a broad range of cultural, educational and artistic activities, events and programs.  

The Centre: 

Issamba, means “coming together” in Cameroon. It is a highly regarded value. In addition to being a hub for people of African descent, we also provide a gateway for engagement with African and Caribbean people and their cultures. 

Find out more at ISSAMBA CENTRE  or by email issambacentre@gmail.com