The COVID-19 pandemic certainly proved the age-old adage, food is the great equalizer. Almost instantaneously, quarantine and lockdown led to widespread increases in global food insecurity. From supply shortages to empty shelves, it affected households and communities across the world.

The Columbia Valley was not immune to this disruption and in response, we stepped up to bring together local resources and organizations integral to food security and the local food system. With funding from the Plan H Healthy Communities and support from the District of Invermere, we developed the Nourish Columbia Valley: Supporting and Connecting Communities Through Food, a directory for community food supports. Additionally we created a taskforce comprised of local organizations, community leaders, healthcare professionals, educators, Indigenous leaders, and community members. This practical resource and diverse taskforce will support a strengthened local food system and increased food security in the region.