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 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Food Security is built on three pillars:

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

Food Literacy Program

Our Food Literacy Program aims to connect communities through food security, information sharing and skills-based learning. Food literacy and security can profoundly impact the physical, mental and social well-being of communities and the residents living within them. Our goal is to assist the Robson Valley by improving food security in the following ways:

  • Immediate and short-term assistance, such as guidelines/tips for eating on a budget, and connecting community to local resources and programs. Financial assistance in crisis situations.
  • Increasing community food security through capacity, skills and engagement. Our programming will assist in developing free, low-barrier workshops, classes, and one-to-one outreach support to all residents.
  • Curating an ongoing committee that focuses on improving food security by identifying our strengths, gaps, and compiling resources.

Why is Food Security Important?

Food Security is a global concern that impacts communities of all sizes. Increasingly, the cost of fossil fuel, which is a key resource for production, processing and transporting food, is impacting the price and availability of nutritious food. Add on the compound effects of climate change, and this, too, is increasingly affecting food production with the potential for major crop failures, water shortages, and significant shifts in weather patterns and temperatures fluctuations. All these factors will impact food production and availability in the Robson Valley, 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.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact foodsecurity@rvcsbc.org.

 

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