Feeding the World from My Table: Thoughts from Aimée Wimbush-Bourque

“We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to feed people. From elaborate catering events to backyard barbecues, casual church suppers to my own family table, I’ve always felt the desire to serve.

When I was still a child, my mother taught me how to coax yeast to bloom on frigid Yukon mornings and how to knead bread dough on our expansive wooden table. Before my age reached double digits, I was preparing the daily loaf for the family, a sure sign of my life’s calling.

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Ten years in the restaurant industry was exciting and challenging, but I had a deeper need to connect with people. I wanted to inspire others to gather, to experience, as I had, the essence of community that happens when we slow down and break bread together. Food unites people like no other medium and has a way of showing us that while we are diverse, we are not so very different after all.

I launched my first food blog over ten years ago, and fell in love with the ability to connect with others virtually. The fact that my readers found inspiration in my posts on family food culture, home cooking and hospitality was more rewarding than anything I had experienced thus far in my career.

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Nowadays, as much as I love blogging and cookbook writing, my talents still seem limited, especially when it comes to impacting people on a global scale. One woman, based out of a Canadian kitchen, with a small vegetable garden and a half a dozen hens out back is not exactly a world changing platform. The challenge of overcoming world hunger can seem impossible, but words can be powerful; words can move people to help others. I have a voice through my blog, and I intend to use it for good.

Over the years, I’ve contributed to small projects with organizations such as The Lunchbox Fund, No Kid Hungry, Compassion International, and I regularly shop the World Vision gift catalogue.  Partnering with World Vision’s HungerFree feels like a step in the right direction for me in 2017. My contributions to HungerFree Quarterly Volume #2 have helped me create a bridge from my humble kitchen to communities in Kenya.

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Around our family table, we often discuss our blessings. The bounty of our garden, the fresh eggs we almost take for granted. The privilege of never having to wonder if we will eat the next day. We remind ourselves daily that people in developing countries like Uganda and Kenya often go hungry. We have a duty to share our abundance. As parents, we have a duty to show our kids that our actions, however small, can make an impact.

Joining hands with HungerFree Quarterly is my action. It is my way of helping to feed people on a scale I never could have imagined. In Montreal, where we live, we open our home frequently and fill up our enormous farmhouse table from end to end. This Quarterly box is extending the same hospitality in a different and creative way.

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I deeply believe in World Vision Canada’s development work and the impact that an initiative like HungerFree Quarterly can have on a community. Most of all, I believe in a hungerfree world. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of Kenyan young people.

Aimée Wimbush-Bourque is a Montreal award-winning food writer and cookbook author. She is a mother to three children, two cats and six brown hens and is passionate about forging a healthy family food culture, world travel and modern-day homesteading. She writes at Simple Bites (www.simplebites.net) and her second cookbook, The Simple Bites Kitchen, will be released in Fall 2017.

All Photos by: Tim Chin



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