SCOFF: Seniors' Celebration of Food & Film

Celebrating, preserving, and sharing NL seniors' wealth of traditional food knowledge and skills


SCOFF aims to celebrate, preserve, and share the wealth of traditional food knowledge and skills of NL seniors by developing a series of short, educational and instructional food skills videos, facilitating knowledge sharing and skill-building workshops, and supporting seniors' community food programs. 

NL faces complex food security challenges that limit residents' ability to access enough, healthy, safe, and culturally appropriate food, leading to high rates of diet-related health issues in the province. However, one of the greatest strengths of NL's food systems lies within the rich heritage of food traditions--including gardening, hunting, fishing, and preserving food--that is embodied by our senior population. Additionally, health professionals have identified that skill building is a critical component to improving access to and consumption of healthy food in NL.

To capture the wealth of knowledge on a variety of traditions and talents within NL's unique food culture, the project will develop 8 food skills videos showcasing seniors' knowledge from across the province--2 videos will be produced with seniors in each of the four Regional Health Authorities, including Eastern, Central, Western, and Labrador-Grenfell.

Additionally, the project will facilitate knowledge sharing and skill building among seniors through supporting food initiatives in partnership with community groups. Through an application process, the following organizations have been selected to receive $300 each of SCOFF funding in 2018, along with Food First NL resources and guidance for their projects:

  • Beaches 50+ Club (Eastport): Bottling Workshop with Central Health
  • Community Cafe Committee (Port aux Basques): Lunch n' Learn Series
  • Humber Arm South 50+ Club (Benoit's Cove): Fermented Foods Workshop with The Western Environment Centre
  • Froude Avenue Community Centre (St. John's): Indoor Garden Installation and Workshop with Food First NL
  • New World Island 50+ Club: Local Food Presentation Series 
  • Norpen Aboriginal Women's Circle (Port Saunders): Freezing Fruits and Vegetables Workshop
  • Parkview Apartments (Corner Brook): Building a New Community Garden
  • Placentia Area-Cape Shore Community Connections: Eating on a Budget Workshop 
  • Town of Change Islands: Community Kitchen Series with Central Health
  • Virginia Park Community Centre (St. John's): Starting a New Bulk Buying Club

 Contact Sarah Ferber, Education Manager, for further information about SCOFF at or (709)237-4026.