Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Gananoque and Area Food Access Network

The Gananoque and Area Food Access Network (G&AFAN) is made up of local agency representatives, educators and community volunteers. We take the community’s lead to work towards:

  • access to nutritious, safe, affordable and personally acceptable food in a dignified manner,
  • opportunities to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence to choose, prepare, store, grow, eat and share a variety of nutritious foods including locally grown and produced foods, and
  • involvement with local food issues.

We Could Use Your Help!

As a result of what we heard at our second Conversations About Food event (2017) here are our current objectives:

1. Food Insecurity¹ - Using an interactive strategy, raise awareness of the challenges and stigma of poverty in relation to food insecurity by sharing with various community groups and the media what we learned from focus group participants.

2. Food Literacy² – Determine and report on the feasibility of establishing a community food hub/centre in the TLTI/Town of Gananoque area using a tiered plan that considers the social enterprise model as well as the need for a venue to offer food literacy programming. Involve the community in the investigation of potential models.

3. Access to Food - Enhance Gananoque Community Garden partnerships and explore a variety of models/activities/locations as per Conversations (2017) feedback.

More About Gananoque and Area Food Access Network

We first engaged Gananoque and Township of Leeds and the 1000 Islands in the spring of 2015, through a community meal, Conversation About Food. There we learned about current local food programs, discussed ideas about improving equitable access to healthy food for all, and shared ideas on what success might look like.

The three themes that came out of the conversation were used to plan our first two years of work: 1) learning about food insecurity in our area, 2) improving access to healthy food and, 3) sharing food skills. Below is the progress we reported at the second Conversation About Food event on April 5, 2017.

  • With support from Queens University researcher Dr. Elaine Power and her Masters student Madison Koekkoek we heard from and responded to citizens who live with food insecurity.

  • With the support of the Town of Gananoque, Home Hardware, the Rotary Club, Thornbusch Landscaping, Westgate, and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, we collectively built up the pre-existing Arthur Street Community Garden to offer 22 raised beds and one accessible higher raised bed, all protected by metal fencing, for the growing season of 2016. Water barrels were filled by the Town of Gananoque and the Fire Department. This project has been evaluated by the participants. In addition to the garden the Good Food Box is now available through the Gananoque Salvation Army.

  • Ongoing, multigenerational food skills mentorship includes the Gananoque and Intermediate Secondary School culinary arts program, the Older Adult Advisory Committee at the Gananoque Public Library and others. Ongoing plans will be based on current evidence and local need. Stay tuned.

How Can You Get Involved?

Join us!! Gananoque and Area Food Access Network meets quarterly. Email us at foodcorelgl@gmail.com or call us at 1-800-660-5853 and ask for “foodcore”. We will send you the details!!

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GLOSSARY

¹Food insecurity means not having enough money to buy nutritious food. It is an income-based issue, not a food-based issue. Read the Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity (2015) by the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) and research from PROOF at the University of Toronto.

²Foodliteracy.ca defines food literacy as “a set of interconnected attributes organized into the categories of food and nutrition knowledge, skills, self-efficacy/confidence, food decisions, and other ecologic (external) factors such as income security, and the food system.”

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