Eat Think Vote 2019 is here!

Interested in food insecurity and other food issues?  Wondering how you can advocate for change in the Federal Election this fall?

Look no further than Eat Think Vote!  Eat Think Vote is a non-partisan campaign of Food Secure Canada gathering community members across the country to chat with federal candidates about food.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved:

  1.  Learn –  Read the policy backgrounders and find out what questions to ask your candidates.
  2. Act –  Host an event with community members and candidates in your area.
  3. Share – Spread the word by sharing on social media.

For more information you can contact Food Secure Canada here.

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Food Policy for Canada announcement!

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the first-ever A Food Policy for Canada! See a preliminary analysis from Food Secure Canada here.

Highlights include:

  • $50 millon for a local food infrastructure fund
  • $26.3 million to reduce food waste
  • a commitment to work with the provinces and not-for-profit organizations towards the creation of a National School Food Program
  • the creation of a Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council bring stakeholders and experts together to better understand diverse perspectives, work toward a common understanding of food issues, and facilitate collaborative action

We are excited to see how this can support our local food system in HRM and look forward to more details as they are released.

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Workshop Summary: Food & Recreation Settings

In March 2019, Public Health Nutritionists from NSHA Central Zone hosted two Food and Recreation Setting workshops in HRM. The purpose of the workshops, hosted by Public Health, was to identify opportunities for collaboration around food programming and food environments in recreation settings. Workshop participants came from a range of geographic areas within NSHA Central Zone (Halifax Regional Municipality, Town of Windsor and the Municipality of West Hants).  They represented a variety of organizations working in recreation settings such as community centres, libraries and after-school programs.

Those working in recreation settings are supporting healthy food environments in a variety of ways including hosting community meals, supporting community gardens, and offering programming on healthy eating and food skills.  Food insecurity also emerged as a common theme in these discussions and organizations are finding innovative ways to support community members experiencing food insecurity.

For more information please see the full Food & Recreation Settings Workshops Summary Report.buffet poster in picture format3

 

 

Federal budget has good news for food

In case you missed it, the 2019-2020 federal budget was released last Tuesday and there is some good news for food!

We were excited to see the intention to work with provinces to develop a National School Food Program.  While there is no funding committed, this is a positive step forward.  Today is the LAST DAY to sign the petition for a national school food program!  Please sign and share!

Other exciting highlights from this budget include;

  1. The release of the long-awaited Food Policy for Canada.
  2. Helping Canadian Communities Access Healthy Food: $50 million investment over five years for infrastructure for local food projects (e.g. food banks, farmers’ markets, and other community driven projects).

Here is the full budget announcement and press release from the Ecology Action Centre NourishNS

Food in the Cogswell District

Some exciting food resources may be coming to the Cogswell District!  The engagement report lists the following options to support food access in the area:

  • Community gardens
  • Food trucks
  • Access to healthy food retail (i.e. grocery stores, farmers markets)
  • Ethnic food sources

What food resources would you like to see in the area?

Read the engagement report here https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/cogswell-district