A terrific new initiative is trying to put an end to food insecurity and reduce poverty.

The Centre de Sante de Communautaire de Kapuskasing et Region has helped to form a new coalition addressing Food Insecurity within the community.

The coalition gathered at Sylvain’s Farm to pick carrots this past week on October 17th in what is the first of many future activities aimed at providing healthy, nutritious food for residents who access the Kapuskasing Food Bank.

The new community initiative plans to gather existing resources in order to provide educational opportunities like menu planning, budgeting, cooking classes as well as making available in-season vegetables and fruits as part of the non-perishable food available at the food bank.

Project Coordinator Danielle Groulx says community partners in the initiative include Kapuskasing Food Bank, Kapuskasing Rotary Club, La Caisse Populaire Alliance de Kapuskasing, Kapuskasing Indian Friendship, Larabie’s Your Independent Grocer, the Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living and North-Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services.

Groulx says the priorities of the initiative are to include community consultations to identify needs and barriers and to increase the accessibility to healthy food while educating residents on services such as the food bank.

Photo of Food Insecurity Initiative Picking Carrots Photo by MooseFM Reporter & Host Nick Birnie

Photo of Food Insecurity Initiative Picking Carrots Photo by MooseFM Reporter & Host Nick Birnie

Photo of Food Insecurity Initiative Picking Carrots Photo by MooseFM Reporter & Host Nick Birnie