NOURISH COLUMBIA VALLEY

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.

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.

Who contributes to community food security?

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.

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, Columbia Valley Food and Farm (CVF+F) 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, CVF+F 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.