What We Do
The HSCA’s mission is “to preserve and enhance a healthy and vibrant quality of life for the residents of Hillhurst-Sunnyside”. Fostering strong communities and healthy food systems is essential to achieving this mission; we recognize the importance of creating healthy and engaged communities in our immediate neighbourhoods and across Calgary.
The HSCA’s Community Food Program was launched in 2013 as a key contribution to the HSCA’s mission and has been built on the momentum of our Farmers’ Market and informed by a community needs assessment lead by students from Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary.
Our community told us that they need better financial and physical supports to access good food and opportunities to come together to build community and their food skills. Building these supports is what we have aimed to do.
The HSCA has several other program areas in addition to the Community Food Program. More information about these programs can be found here.
HSCA Delivers on a Community Food Strategy in 2015:
Following months of research and community consultation, 25 months into a three-year strategy, HSCA’s community food programming has been adopted. The Community Food Program aims to:
- Enable residents of Hillhurst Sunnyside and beyond to cook and grow high quality food while transforming the urban food system;
- Create replicable and sustainable community food programming to share across the city;
- Engage citizens in food and poverty issues; and
- Provide a comprehensive range of supports.
HSCA COMMUNITY | We serve the communities of Hillhurst, Upper Hillhurst and Sunnyside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The community boundaries of Hillhurst include 8th Avenue N and 16th Avenue N to the north, 10th Street W to the east, the Bow River to the south and both 14th Street W and 18th Street W to the west.The Sunnyside boundaries consist of Centre Street on the east and by 10th Street NW on the west. On the north, Sunnyside is bounded by McHugh Bluff Park and on the south by the Bow River.
HSCA SERVICE | Our primary service areas are Seniors services, Outreach services and Child Care, making us a full-service community centre. We also hold weekly Farmers’ Markets and Flea Markets, offer multiple recreation programs and our centre is available for event rentals.