Residents of Surrey and White Rock will soon have better access to more nutritious food through grants to local food security projects.
Sources Community Resources and the Public Health Association of British Columbia (PHABC) will each receive $58,000 in provincial funding, with a portion of the $800,000 being distributed across British Columbia through the Initiatives Fund Provincial Food Security Programs of the Victoria Foundation.
“Over the past few years, we have become increasingly aware of the need to improve food supply and food security,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “We invest in local food security projects so that local organizations can better respond to community needs.
Funding from Sources Community Resources will support Surrey and White Rock residents and their regional food center by building warehouse management training and capacity.
“I am pleased that this funding means that people in the local community and across the province will benefit from food safety education and training opportunities,” said Harry Bains, Minister of Labor and MPP for Surrey- Newton. “Giving people the knowledge and tools they need to increase access to healthy food is key to supporting families and children.
This new funding is in addition to $3 million the province contributed to the Victoria Foundation in March 2019, which helped establish the Provincial Food Security Initiatives Fund and supported food security-related projects across the province. British Columbia.
“These funds will improve economic viability and equitable access to good, healthy food in Surrey and White Rock,” said Denise Darrell, Executive Director of Community Services, Sources Community Resources Centre. “The funding also provides employment and training for eight people who will develop the skills needed to access other job opportunities in the food sector.”
Funds provided to PHABC will support training and capacity building for key food security stakeholders across BC, helping them adopt a system-wide approach that fosters collaboration.
“Our organization has seen the impact that COVID-19 and climate emergencies have had on communities,” said Shannon Turner, Executive Director of PHABC. “This funding will allow us to strengthen opportunities for community growth by creating networks for change and training opportunities centered on those who administer important food security programs.
Since the release of the provincial poverty reduction strategy, TogetherBC, in 2019, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has provided nearly $26 million for the planning and implementation of poverty reduction initiatives. poverty reduction and food security in BC communities, including Indigenous communities.
“The work these organizations are doing to increase food security is inspiring,” said Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation. “This funding will provide the opportunity to expand and deepen the work they are already doing, while improving sustainability.”
The Victoria Foundation’s Provincial Food Security Initiatives Fund supports the province’s food security work by improving food access, food literacy and local food production and continuing to advance meaningful reconciliation funding Indigenous-led initiatives.
TogetherBC, British Columbia’s poverty reduction strategy: https://gov.bc.ca/togetherbc
Victoria Foundation: https://victoriafoundation.bc.ca/