During the project, students are partnered with an immigrant or refugee family. These student-family groups meet over the course of the semester and share about their food cultures and food traditions. Students and newcomer families cook traditional cultural dishes together and celebrate the wide variety and diversity of healthy cultural food. The LINK Project benefits both students and newcomer families. Students gain experience in interacting with people from other cultures, begin to understand the challenges faced by newcomers in Canada, and learn to see the important connections between food and culture. In turn, newcomer families gain an understanding of how food and nutrition impact overall health, and learn about the Canadian food culture.
The ultimate goal of the LINK Project is to promote healthy ethno-cultural food by creating partnerships and lasting ties of friendship. The next series of the LINK Project will be in the Fall of 2017.