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Friday, January 26, 2018

Seeking Steering Committee Members!

Are you passionate about Food Security? Would you like to contribute to your local community? Join Burnaby Food First's Steering Committee! We'd love to have you. 

Membership is open to anyone living and/or working in Burnaby, who is interested in food security and that agrees with the mission and goals of Food First.  A 1-year commitment (or more) is preferred. Meetings currently take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except summer and December) from 9:15-11:00am at Tommy Douglas Library in South Burnaby.  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tastebuds Cookbook Club at Cameron Library

Celebrate the joys of food! If you love to try new recipes, join Cameron Library's special cookbook club (Wednesday evenings / 7:00pm - 8:30pm)! 

Each month the group will explore a cookbook or an exciting culinary style by testing recipes at home. Then, at meetings, we'll share delicious samples of our cooking and chat about our experiences. 

Once you've registered, stop by the Cameron Library Information desk (9523 Cameron St) to browse through this month’s cookbook and select two or three recipes you'd like to try before our meeting. Then bring photos or samples of your cooking to the meeting.
We will meet in the Juniper Room, Cameron Recreation Centre (across the hall from the library). Free, but seating is limited. Register online or call 604-421-5454. Bon app├ętit!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Food Insecurity in Nunavut

While we normally focus on local/systemic issues on this blog, today we wanted to share some of the great work the non-profit organization Feeding Nunavut is doing every day. Feeding Nunavut does research on the very high rate of food insecurity in the North, provides programs, and seeks to inform and change food-related policies. 

Nunavut has the highest rate of household food insecurity in the country, with one in three people experiencing food insecurity every month. Many Canadians are unaware of the issues facing people living in the north. 

Due to the costs of transportation to the north, food is also incredibly expensive. You can go into a store and find a bag of flour for $46, and potatoes for up to $17.39. 

Photo Credit: www.feedingnunavut.com
The high prices have forced the people of Nunavut to buy cheap foods, with low nutrition and high calories. This increases the risk of long and short term health issues, and leaves food insecure households more vulnerable for disease. 

The Nunavut Food Security Coalition had come up with 6 themes that are important to overcome food insecurity. They are Country food, Store-Bought food, Local Food Production, Life Skills, Programs and Community Initiative and Policy and Legislation. Country food accounts for all tradition foods found on their land, like seals, arctic char and whale. 

Photo Credit: www.feedingnunavut.com