“Everyone at the Table!” Minister Bibeau highlights investments to improve access to local food as part of the Food Policy for Canada
“Through Food Policy for Canada investments, such as the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, we can make an impact right here in Nova Scotia and across the country, especially when it comes to addressing food insecurity and supporting diverse community-led projects. Our Government is taking action today to ensure Canadians have access to healthy food while shaping a healthier and more prosperous future for our families and communities.”
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“I am proud to join Minister Bibeau at Hope Blooms to highlight the positive change that just one organization can make in our community. The Food Policy for Canada will support initiatives like this one, working to make a better food system all across the country.”
- Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax
Applications under the first stream of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects) will be accepted between August 15 and November 1, 2019. This stream aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and local foods within their community.
The Government is now engaging with potential applicants on the second stream of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems), where applicants may receive up to $250,000 in non-repayable financial assistance for capital and food equipment. Interested organizations are invited to take part in the online consultation.
The Canadian Food Advisory Council will report to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and will include a diversity of members from the agriculture and food industry, health professionals, academia, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous organizations. More information on the application process and selection criteria may be found online.
The Food Policy will also help the country meet its commitments under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, including to end hunger, promote good health, cut food waste, and encourage sustainable food systems.
Since 2008, Hope Blooms has had a measurable impact on food security, community confidence and inclusion, and education. It also actively engages youth to grow food in 4,000 square feet of organic food gardens seasonally, and year-round.
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