Rotary Community Food Bank Drive Highlights the Importance of Food Security
Facilitated by the City of Grande Prairie Community Social Development, the Community Action to End Poverty Committee (CAEP) formed in 2013 to develop strategies to reduce poverty in our community. The Committee is working on a Food Security Community Action Plan. Currently 1 in 3 single parent families in the Grande Prairie community live below the poverty line, which correlates to 1 in 3 children living with food insecurity.
CAEP identified Food Security as a game changer because it directly influences the health and well-being of individuals and community. “Food forms a key part of our daily lives, both socially and culturally. It has the power to bring people together through traditions and experiences,” says the Vibrant Communities Canada website. Food Security exists in a community when everyone has access to affordable, sufficient, and nutritious food that meets dietary needs for an active and healthy life.
This year, Rotary Community Food Bank Drive and the CAEP food security committee have teamed up. The goal of the partnership is to enhance the annual Rotary Food Bank Drive by raising awareness in the community of how best they can support the food drive on Tuesday September 18, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Ways to help:
- Healthy, non-perishable items. Canned protein (i.e. fish, legumes), canned fruits and vegetables, hearty soups, and school snacks.
- Unopened personal hygiene items (i.e. toothbrushes, feminine products). Tough decisions are made monthly between paying a bill or purchasing the necessary hygiene items.
- Baby items. i.e. non-perishable food, pampers (sizes 4 &5) and formula.
Please watch the expiry dates. The Salvation Army is responsible for the cost associated with disposal of expired food items. Last year the disposal cost totalled $15,000, which represents 12% food waste for The Salvation Army.
Consider donating money. Donating funds provides the opportunity to purchase high need items. Donate online through the Community Foundation website at www.canadahelps.org. Tax receipts are available.
Volunteer your time. The Salvation Army, The Friendship Centre and The annual Rotary Community Food Bank drive are always in need of volunteers. Go to gpfooddrive.ca for more information.
The annual Rotary Community Food Bank Drive Kick Off event takes place at the Eastlink Centre fieldhouse on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10:45 a.m.