food security

Jason Austin donates 20 tonnes of produce from his Gatton House Farm to local food banks every year. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Philanthropic Island farmer donates all his farm’s produce to food banks

Central Saanich’s Jason Austin plants seeds for food security

 

Good Food Boxes are packed in Gold River for people of that community. Greenways is working on expanding the program to other communities including Campbell River. Photo supplied by Greenways Land Trust

Good Food Box program coming to Campbell River

Greenways’ program will provide food to six communities in Strathcona area

 

John Edmondson, left, from Bread of Life, Colin Minions and Capt. Michael Ramsay from the Salvation Army demonstrate Port Alberni’s first community food pantry, located on Tebo Avenue outside Jericho Road Church, Jan. 22, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Free food pantry opens in Port Alberni

Volunteers will monitor the pantry to make sure it stays stocked

 

The Neighbourhood Market at Saanich Baptist Church is one of 10 that provide fresh produce to people in need across Greater Victoria. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Daily free food markets offer fresh produce to Greater Victorians in need

Ten Neighbourhood Markets operate across the region

The Neighbourhood Market at Saanich Baptist Church is one of 10 that provide fresh produce to people in need across Greater Victoria. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A customer shops at a meat counter in a grocery store in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. A new report from Statistics Canada suggests Canadians who dealt with food insecurity at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to perceive their mental health as poor and report anxiety symptoms than those who did not. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic linked to poor mental health: StatCan

‘Food insecurity in itself can be a stressful experience’

A customer shops at a meat counter in a grocery store in Montreal, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. A new report from Statistics Canada suggests Canadians who dealt with food insecurity at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to perceive their mental health as poor and report anxiety symptoms than those who did not. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
A volunteer assists with Greenways Land Trust’s fruit tree project 2020 in August in Campbell River. As part of Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust will also look at incorporating produce from their fruit tree project in the boxes. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror.

Conservation organization launches ‘food boxes’ for northern Vancouver Island communities

With Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust aims to increase accessibility to fresh produce in remote communities

A volunteer assists with Greenways Land Trust’s fruit tree project 2020 in August in Campbell River. As part of Strathcona Good Food Box program, Greenways Land Trust will also look at incorporating produce from their fruit tree project in the boxes. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror.
The cover photo of an emergency food and nutrition strategy prepared for the City of Nanaimo’s health and housing task force. (Maddy Koch photo/City of Nanaimo)

City of Nanaimo will consider the creation of a food policy council

Working group says new arm’s-length body could help with food security in the region

The cover photo of an emergency food and nutrition strategy prepared for the City of Nanaimo’s health and housing task force. (Maddy Koch photo/City of Nanaimo)
Haylee Beeman, a summer student with Greenways Land Trust, picks a bunch of plums on August 6, 2020. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River fruit tree project carries on despite pandemic

More volunteers wanted for Greenways’ gleaning initiative

Haylee Beeman, a summer student with Greenways Land Trust, picks a bunch of plums on August 6, 2020. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror
Different sections have been allocated for a variety of crops at the food forest which is situated at the northeast side of the hospital’s premises. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror

North Island Hospital Campbell River’s campus has a new food forest

And the hospital staff is encouraging the community to come ‘nibble’ on the produce

Different sections have been allocated for a variety of crops at the food forest which is situated at the northeast side of the hospital’s premises. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror
Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Barton have started a community initiative to help racialized people facing food insecurity by providing them with burlap sack gardens. They said their garden has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they continue to learn about gardening as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Victoria duo tackles food insecurity in Victoria with burlap sack gardens

Palenke Greens initiative an homage to Black and Indigenous connections

Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Barton have started a community initiative to help racialized people facing food insecurity by providing them with burlap sack gardens. They said their garden has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they continue to learn about gardening as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
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Food insecurity hits laid off workers, households with kids harder amid pandemic: StatsCan

Number of Canadians having trouble getting enough food went up during COVID-19

(Pxfuel.com)
Pat Deakin, City of Port Alberni economic development manager. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

‘Sea to Forest’ food hub start of something special for Port Alberni’s industrial waterfront?

Alberni’s new regional food processing hub to open in former Port Fish plant

Pat Deakin, City of Port Alberni economic development manager. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A batch of fresh foods that was delivered to students’ homes by Gjesdal. (Submitted photo)

Battling food poverty and getting fresh foods to school kids in Vancouver Island community

B.C. charity and food banks come together to help Gold River schools deliver fresh foods to children at home

A batch of fresh foods that was delivered to students’ homes by Gjesdal. (Submitted photo)
Cattle graze in a field at Arrowvale Farm and Campground on Hector Road near Port Alberni, B.C. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)

Island region one of three granted small-scale slaughter licensing status

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District farmers can now apply for abattoir licence

Cattle graze in a field at Arrowvale Farm and Campground on Hector Road near Port Alberni, B.C. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)
Eagle View support staff, waiting for families to come pick up the food bags, stand on the physical distancing eagles the school has spray painted outside to help students keep apart when they come back to school June 1. L-R Karen Strussi, Beatrice Wadhams, Pauline Johnson

Port Hardy school sending food home to students in need

Hunger doesn’t take the weekend — or a pandemic — off

Eagle View support staff, waiting for families to come pick up the food bags, stand on the physical distancing eagles the school has spray painted outside to help students keep apart when they come back to school June 1. L-R Karen Strussi, Beatrice Wadhams, Pauline Johnson
A Cargill meat processing plant is shown in Chambly, Que., south of Montreal, Sunday, May 10, 2020. The plant is closing temporarily after at least 64 workers tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Another Cargill meat-processing plant closes after COVID-19 outbreak

171 workers were sent home last week as a preventative measure

A Cargill meat processing plant is shown in Chambly, Que., south of Montreal, Sunday, May 10, 2020. The plant is closing temporarily after at least 64 workers tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Rototilling new field at Cline Agri-health Centre in Nanaimo. (Vancouver Island University photo)

Vancouver Island University planting crops for Nanaimo Foodshare Society

VIU horticulture facility boosts cultivation for Nanaimo Foodshare’s Good Food Box program

Rototilling new field at Cline Agri-health Centre in Nanaimo. (Vancouver Island University photo)
North Vancouver Island communities join in to ‘squash the curve’

North Vancouver Island communities join in to ‘squash the curve’

Residents from Cumberland , Tahsis and Quadra Island are volunteering to grow winter squash on their lawns in a move towards sustainable food security

North Vancouver Island communities join in to ‘squash the curve’
Elora Adamson shows off some recovered food. (Courtesy @dumpstermealz Instagram)

B.C. university students dumpster dive to shed light on food waste

Eating only from dumpsters, the students hope to raise money for food banks in Northern Canada

  • Jan 18, 2019
Elora Adamson shows off some recovered food. (Courtesy @dumpstermealz Instagram)
Riley Yakabuski (left) and Elora Adamson (right) have been sourcing meals from dumpsters since January 8 to raise funds and awareness about food insecurity in northern communities. Pictured January 16, 2019. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff)

UVic students dumpster diving for food

Eating only from dumpsters, the students hope to raise money for food banks in Northern Canada

  • Jan 17, 2019
Riley Yakabuski (left) and Elora Adamson (right) have been sourcing meals from dumpsters since January 8 to raise funds and awareness about food insecurity in northern communities. Pictured January 16, 2019. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff)