The Edmonton CDC is committed to undertaking collaborative efforts to address food security issues and challenges in Edmonton. Working with Councillor Paquette and his team, we have convened two meetings to date about developing a cohesive approach to distributing quality, affordable, and culturally relevant food to community members, with an emphasis of increasing access to such food by marginalized, low income people.
Engagement to date has included city staff and social workers, representatives of End Poverty Edmonton, Leftovers Edmonton, the University of Alberta (CUP), Multi-Cultural Health Brokers, Jasper Place Health and Wellness, and others.
Our goals include developing a mobile food market system to bring food into neighbourhoods, a food basket subscription program, and bulk foods as well. There is a lot of work to do to get this going and a small team will soon begin work on a case for support so that we can undertake a comprehensive business plan, hire an animator, and pursue partnerships across all sectors. The notes of our recent meeting will soon be posted.
We are grateful to Lourdes Juan founder of Leftovers Foundation in Calgary for her presentations and support in helping us move forward. Take a look at this video in which Lourdes talks about her work in Calgary!
HELPFUL RESOURCES AND LINKS
- Leftovers Foundation
- Fresh Routes
- Halifax Mobile Food Market
- St. Louis Metro Market
- Leftovers Edmonton
- Food Share (Toronto)