Helping our Community

Two of our Senior School students, Simon Beaudry ‘23 and Quentin Knauf ‘23, recently helped the Hants West Food Action Council (HWFAC) to make chili at the Windsor Community Centre on a Sunday morning. We have had several students, both this year and last, take part in helping to support this volunteer organization with food preparation. 
The HWFAC works to promote positive learning environments about food inequality, healthy eating, and the social determinants of health, while combating food insecurity and social isolation in our region.   

In 2020, they established a community soup project, with Chef Domenic Padula leading the kitchen. Initially, the Station Food Hub rented the kitchen out to the group and, more recently, the West Hants Regional Municipality has offered the organization free use of the Windsor Community Centre for biweekly soup production that is placed in freezers at four locations, with 10 additional partners who take soup for free distribution. To date, the HWFAC has made over 1200 liters of soup, (about 4800 servings)! There are freezers at Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE), the Windsor Community Centre, the Family Resource Centre of West Hants and the Hants Shore Community Health Centre. The not-for-profit also operates the community gardens and is always looking for help organizing and helping with that project.

The HWFAC’s newest project is a free market that started in 2022, which redistributes food from the gardens of community members and farmers that would otherwise go to waste. This project has received a lot of positive feedback from the community, with 614 families served and 1155 pounds of food saved from waste. The HWFAC has had over 40 volunteers (with 15 on a consistent volunteer list for the soup) and a dedicated group of key volunteers who have worked tirelessly to keep the projects going.

Chef Dom has been a champion for the community soup project, putting his skills to good use in preparing the meals, organizing the food prep and delivery, organizing the free market, donating money to the organization from his business, Food Fantastique, securing grants and free use of the Windsor Community Centre kitchen, organizing donations, and making connections in the community.  

HWFAC will be hosting a Christmas community dinner on December 17 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Windsor Community Centre. Donations are accepted at the door, and all are welcome.

If you are interested in helping by donating your time or resources to this amazing organization, more information can be obtained by contacting Sumaya Moore at

Michelle Belliveau
Head of Science Department
Volunteer Coordinator
Houseparent, Junior Day Girls

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