Child Poverty – It’s Happening In Our Community


By Fatima Da Silva, Vinoteca on the Vineyard

Nourish Cowichan Society is a charitable organization based in the Cowichan Valley with a mission to address the issue by helping to feed underprivileged children in the school system.

Nourish was born out of the staggering, rapid growth of child poverty in our communities. Co-founders Dina Holbrook, Fatima Da Silva and Anita Caroll with the help of a local school principal who shared their vision, began breakfast trials last season and today these natural born community activists have made their mission to make sure that every child has a fair chance to succeed.

It is our duty as a community to help each other. No child should go without a meal. We live in an amazing town, with many folks capable of rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done. Together we can shape the future of our young ones and give them a chance to achieve whatever dreams they may have.

Universal Inclusion

Within time, Nourish Cowichan is also looking to expand its breakfast program to include every school-aged child and eliminate the stigma of poverty. Along with nutritional breakfasts, we have a goal to educate both children and parents in making better nutritional choices, regardless of the size of their budget.

Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Nourish Cowichan will be hosting its first Annual Fundraiser Dinner Gala, June 10th at Vinoteca Restaurant (Zanatta Winery) Hosted by the Fabulous (CNN) Michaela Pereira. Superstar auctioneer Cam Drew will lead the live auction which will include great items and a few fabulous getaways including a special trip to a 5 star resort in the Caribbean. It is going to be an amazing evening with lots of exciting auction prizes, entertainment, special foodie guests and more.

Tickets have been selling very fast. To reserve your tickets, to help or donate, please contact Nourish.Email:

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