Columbia Valley Food Secure
Columbia Valley Food and Farm, a local food systems advocacy non-profit, in collaboration with the Columbia Valley Food Bank and community leaders, has identified the need for a Columbia Valley Food Security Plan to respond to our current and future food security needs.
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become evident that our current methods of responding to those with food insecurity is insufficient in this rapidly changing crisis. A large number of our citizens have been faced with job loss, while many are in isolation and the increased pressures on the food banks will continue to rise for some time to come.
The ways in which the Valley has responded and come together in this time of need have been heartwarming and inspiring. The next step is to build upon this momentum and organize ourselves in order to meet our food security needs. This will help everyone to avoid burnout or duplication of our services. The communities in our valley have never faced a threat to our food security of this scope. Fortunately, the establishment of a cohesive group, supported by our amazing volunteer base, will result in an effective response in these uncertain times and prepare us for the times to come.
What is food security?
Our Valley is food secure when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to safe nutritious, culturally acceptable food to meet their dietary needs for a healthy life.
Who contributes to community food security?
In its simplest form, food security means that we have enough to eat, but it is more than that. When we all come together to support the systems that feed us, we have the ability to go beyond meeting our basic needs and create food in abundance.
Individual community members, Food producers and farmers, grocery stores, food and beverage operations, food processors, food banks, school food programs, food recovery programs, community greenhouses, gardens, backyard gardens, the medical community, government leaders and municipal food policies all contribute to create food secure communities.
We can’t say it better than Food Secure Canada’s response to the food security needs during COVID-19,
“Small acts of courage are strengthening our communities and transforming our food systems in ways we have yet to understand. May we not miss our unique moment to move towards this goal, and may we continue to act together to make sure no one is left behind.”
Let’s all work together to make Columbia Valley Food Secure!
We would like to hear from you if you have ideas on how we can work together to build a food secure Columbia Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future. If you are connected with the food system and would like to join our working group or advisory committee, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.