Ontario foodies be advised: Monday June 1 marked the official start of Local Food Week. For the next six days, people in communities across the province will raise their plates in celebration of good things grown, picked and processed in our region.
The Nourish Project seeks to build access to healthy food, grow food skills and engage all of us in advocacy work focussing on poverty and food. Through this work we want to grow equity, community and health across our whole region.
Imagine a community with a vibrant food culture, a community where everyone is able to enjoy healthy and delicious food, where everyone has extensive food skills, skills that can lead them to employment, if they so desire. Imagine a community where everyone understands how the food system is driven by profit rather than human needs and where everyone is able to advocate for meaningful change. Imagine a community where food is a vehicle to meet one another, to connect in a meaningful way and to build compelling relationships across differences.
I learned, early on, the rallying call of Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagan, "un pour tous, tous pour un." It shaped my sense of justice and solidarity. And lately it has been echoing in my mind as I wonder about loneliness and lack of connections between people.
As the tag line on our blog states, the Nourish Project is all about food. Nourish seeks to engage, empower and support communities throughout Peterborough County and City who share a common desire to explore and create positive change around food.
The evaluation and impact assessments carried out by the national agency illustrate that through these activities, each community food centre provides greater access to healthy food among community members living on low-incomes as well as increased skills and knowledge about food which encourages behaviour change around healthy food.