2023-24 Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund | Molly Sweeney Magee & Live 5-2-1-0

Congratulations to Molly Sweeney Magee and the Live 5-2-1-0 team!

Their project entitled, “Supporting Food Security, Nutrition, and a Positive Relationship with Food in the Middle Years: An Afterschool Community Participatory Action Project,” was one of 30 Community-University Partnerships funded through the 2023-24 Community-University Engagement Support Fund.

The Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund awards up to $25,000 to support community-university partnerships that benefit communities across the province and advance collaborative research, teaching, and learning.

The CUES Fund is jointly administered by UBC Community Engagement and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

UBC Partner: Molly Sweeney Magee, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Vancouver
Community Partner: Amber Quan, City of Surrey

This project description:
This partnership is between the City of Surrey and Live 5-2-1-0 at UBC, an initiative that partners with BC communities to promote healthy behaviours among children. Live 5-2-1-0 and the City of Surrey have an established partnership but collaboration was halted by Covid. With this project, we will revitalize this relationship and create opportunities for future joint initiatives. Together, we will extend and redevelop parts of the city’s current low-cost “MYzone” afterschool program. This program currently provides access to snacks in critical hours for middle years programs to children, some of whom come from food insecure households. Through our partnership, the program will be extended to provide more nutritious snacks and incorporate a more robust cooking component with a nutrition guide, cooking curriculum, and purchasing guide focused on food exploration, trauma and compassion informed approaches to nutrition, an equity-centred and culturally inclusive approach to cooking, and the promotion of positive relationships with food. The Live 5-2-1-0 philosophy will be embedded within the program, and this project will be the basis for future collaboration on related health topics.

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