Hope Blooms Receives Federal Funding to Make Local Food More Accessible in Halifax
“Helping all Canadians access healthy food is something I care very much about. Through the important investments announced today at Hope Blooms, we are taking meaningful steps to help people in Halifax learn about preparing culturally diverse foods while welcoming more at-risk youth to their facility. This is part of the vision for our Food Policy for Canada to ensure a food system that is more sustainable and more equitable for all.”
- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Hope Blooms has an excellent reputation for making a difference and making our community
proud. With the funding announced today, Hope Blooms will be able to open new cooking stations, enabling them to have an even greater impact in the community. Through their hard work, this organization is improving food security, education and social inclusion in Halifax.”
- Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax Centre
“The Food Infrastructure funding will support Hope Blooms in creating collaborative kitchen spaces that are culturally relevant and have the capacity to not just provide food access to our youth, but also include families in food gaining food access and food programming. This enables people facing food insecurity to be actively involved in creating solutions and making impact within the community they live in.”
- Jessie Jollymore, Executive Director, Hope Blooms
240 projects Across Canada are being funded through the first round of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, totaling $4.4 million.
In Nova Scotia, a total of 8 projects are being supported, for a total of up to $169,956.
Applications for the first round of funding took place from August to November 2019, and the second round of applications are expected to launch in spring 2020.
The Local Food Infrastructure Fund is part of the Food Policy for Canada, supporting our country in meeting its commitments under the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, including to end hunger, promote good health, cut food waste, and encourage sustainable food systems.
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Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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