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Food Security

What is Food Security? It is the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The World Food Summit of 1996 dfined food sercury as existing "when all peple at alltimes have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food tomaintian a healthy and active life". Food Security is built on three pillars:

  1. Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on consisitant basis.
  2. Food access: sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet.
  3. Food use: appropriate use based onknowledge of bsic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation.

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The YCS Food Security Program grew from the seeds that were planted through the good work of the North Thompson Food Action Network and their project; “The North Thompson Regional Food Action Plan” (2010) and also the Yellowhead Community Services project, the “Homelessness Study” (2014). These initiatives were able to provide evidence and recommendations to support further food security program development in the Clearwater area.

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Over time, and with generous community support, YCS has been able to offer several food security initiatives and programs to the Clearwater area, including facilitating the Clearwater Food Security Round Table; Community Garden; Neighborhood Kitchen; food preservation, gardening and cooking classes and courses; the Nutrition Coupon Program; The Good Food Box and the Lending Cupboard.

 

Why is Food Security Important?
Food Security is a world-wide concern that affects all communities, large and small. Squash Harvest.jpgIncreasingly, the cost of fossil fuel, which is a key resource for production, processing and transporting food, is impacting the price and availability of healthy food. Added to this, climate change also will be increasingly affecting food production with the potential for major crop failures, water shortages, and significant changes in weather patterns and temperatures regimes. Certainly, the warmer temperatures will affect water supplies as glaciers retreat and are unable to sustain late summer stream flows, thus affecting irrigation of crops. All these factors will impact food production and availability in the North Thompson, and therefore action is necessary to manage how these changes impinge upon our ability to provide adequate supplies of food at affordable prices. Thus, efforts are needed to grow our own local food with the least amount of use of fossil fuels (or their derivatives such as chemical fertilizers) for production, processing and transportation. Therefore strengthening our own local food systems is of paramount importance.

For more information, please contact the Community Garden and Food Security Coordinator, Joanna Hurst at 250-674-3530 or joanna.h@yellowheadcs.ca

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Links and Publications:

NT Food Action Plan

Homelessness Study


 

"Community food security exists when all citizens obtain a safe, personally acceptable, nutritious diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes healthy choices, community self-reliance and equal access for everyone"                                                                                                 - Bellows and Hamm, 2003.