food security

Royal Bay Secondary School is hosting its annual 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank on Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal Bay Secondary School hosting 10,000 Tonight food drive Nov. 30

The school aims to collect 10,000 food items for the Goldstream Food Bank

 

The Gold River Co-op is now open. The village has not had a grocery store since 2016. Photo courtesy Sheri Johnston

Gold River opens grocery store after 5 years without in bid to rebuild food resilience

Ultimate goal is to create a food hub for remote Vancouver Island community

 

The union representing Seaspan's tugboat workers has commenced strike action, prohibiting members from accepting work on all 30 of the company's tugs operating in B.C. (Seaspan photo)

Vancouver Island’s only farm feed mill relieved tugboat strike settled

Duncan’s Top Shelf Feeds relied on Seaspan barge to provide food security to Vancouver Island farmers

The union representing Seaspan's tugboat workers has commenced strike action, prohibiting members from accepting work on all 30 of the company's tugs operating in B.C. (Seaspan photo)
The Shelbourne Community Kitchen has launched its ‘Double Your Impact’ fundraising campaign, which thanks to an anonymous donor will see all donations up to $50,000 matched until the end of November. (Shelbourne Community Kitchen/Facebook)

Saanich community kitchen launches double-value fundraiser

All monetary donations made until the end of November will be matched, up to $50,000

The Shelbourne Community Kitchen has launched its ‘Double Your Impact’ fundraising campaign, which thanks to an anonymous donor will see all donations up to $50,000 matched until the end of November. (Shelbourne Community Kitchen/Facebook)
City of Langford officials and Mew Farm team members came together to celebrate the first harvest, including Satnam Dheenshaw (third from left) of Gobind Farms, Raymond Mew (second from right) and Greg Hinterberger (right). (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Langford farm reaps first harvest since 1957

Raymond Mew, his siblings and a gang of supporters helped restore the Langford farm

City of Langford officials and Mew Farm team members came together to celebrate the first harvest, including Satnam Dheenshaw (third from left) of Gobind Farms, Raymond Mew (second from right) and Greg Hinterberger (right). (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Daybreak Farms general manager Kieran Christison thanked the community for their “eggstraordinary” support as the farm can now get started on upgrades. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).

City of Terrace backs northwest B.C.’s biggest egg producer to double output

Daybreak Farms wins big with approval to expand and modernize egg production

Daybreak Farms general manager Kieran Christison thanked the community for their “eggstraordinary” support as the farm can now get started on upgrades. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard).
Doig River First Nation has received $51,000 from the Victoria Foundation’s Food Security Provincial Initiatives Fund for a community garden project, including workshops, increasing garden capacity for individuals and families, and outreach to gardeners.

Taking a bite out of food insecurity

The Victoria Foundation, Province boost efforts to make food more accessible

  • Aug 22, 2022
Doig River First Nation has received $51,000 from the Victoria Foundation’s Food Security Provincial Initiatives Fund for a community garden project, including workshops, increasing garden capacity for individuals and families, and outreach to gardeners.
The community fridge at Rock Bay in Victoria will be repaired or replaced after an online fundraiser came through. Its heavy use indicated a need, as organizers seek out a site for a second fridge to feed those who may need it. (Community Fridge Victoria/Instagram)

Residents rally to raise cash to fix or replace Victoria community fridge

Rock Bay pantry and fridge open at all times to battle local food security

The community fridge at Rock Bay in Victoria will be repaired or replaced after an online fundraiser came through. Its heavy use indicated a need, as organizers seek out a site for a second fridge to feed those who may need it. (Community Fridge Victoria/Instagram)
Women of colour are disproporionally affected by rising grocery prices (Contributed by Hailey Ross)

Victoria organization gets $50K grant to increase food security for Indigenous, BIPOC women

The grant is meant to relieve the pressures on those affected by job loss and rising grocery prices

Women of colour are disproporionally affected by rising grocery prices (Contributed by Hailey Ross)
Old Massett Village Council received 21,000 pounds of potatoes, which they are distributing to residents on Haida Gwaii. (Photo: Christopher David Horner)
Old Massett Village Council received 21,000 pounds of potatoes, which they are distributing to residents on Haida Gwaii. (Photo: Christopher David Horner)
The kitchen at Our Place has served up an average of more than 1,000 meals per day so far in 2022. With food costs continuing to rise, the charity is concerned about meeting the demand. (Photo by Derek Ford/Our Place Society)

Rising food costs, hike in demand cause for concern at Our Place in Victoria

‘We are struggling this year to make ends meet’: Our Place CEO

The kitchen at Our Place has served up an average of more than 1,000 meals per day so far in 2022. With food costs continuing to rise, the charity is concerned about meeting the demand. (Photo by Derek Ford/Our Place Society)
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Child hunger a major concern as Canadians hit by soaring food prices

About a third of people who rely on Canadian food banks are children

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses after laying a wreath at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday, June 23, 2022. More than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi have been buried in a mass grave at the memorial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Trudeau announces $250M in food aid, blames Russia for skyrocketing prices

Prime minister is in Kigali, Rwanda, for a meeting of Commonwealth heads of government

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses after laying a wreath at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday, June 23, 2022. More than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi have been buried in a mass grave at the memorial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
A worker fills the shelves at a food bank in Montreal, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. A new survey suggests a growing number of Canadians are struggling with the rising cost of food as prices for basics like pasta, bread and meat all soar. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Food banks stretched thin as food prices rise, increasing hunger and food insecurity

Survey: almost a quarter of Canadians reported eating less than they should because of lack of money

A worker fills the shelves at a food bank in Montreal, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. A new survey suggests a growing number of Canadians are struggling with the rising cost of food as prices for basics like pasta, bread and meat all soar. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
After a two-year pause, Sidney’s St. Andrew Anglican Church is resuming its Wednesday Neighbours Lunch soup kitchen on June 8. (Courtesy of Unsplash)

Sidney church reopening Wednesday soup kitchen

St. Andrew Anglican Church restarts its free Neighbours Lunch June 8

After a two-year pause, Sidney’s St. Andrew Anglican Church is resuming its Wednesday Neighbours Lunch soup kitchen on June 8. (Courtesy of Unsplash)
Chilliwack was one of a number of communities plunged underwater by the November 2021 floods. B.C. is investing $2.85 million in food security funding to help build better emergency response systems and resiliency. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. announces $2.85-million food security fund ahead of wildfire, flood season

Fund includes pilot test for app that allows communities to request food as needed

Chilliwack was one of a number of communities plunged underwater by the November 2021 floods. B.C. is investing $2.85 million in food security funding to help build better emergency response systems and resiliency. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Victoria Community Fridge volunteers Irvin Naidu, Nicola Watts, Becky Block, Jewel Bohach, and Wren Shaman stand in front of the fridge Saturday afternoon during a celebration marking one year of the fridge in the community. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Block party celebrates ‘first birthday’ of Victoria Community Fridge

The fridge offers barrier-free access to free food for those experiencing food insecurity

Victoria Community Fridge volunteers Irvin Naidu, Nicola Watts, Becky Block, Jewel Bohach, and Wren Shaman stand in front of the fridge Saturday afternoon during a celebration marking one year of the fridge in the community. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Fruit in this tray will get a second life and be packaged for things like smoothies. In the background, a worker scoops mango at the Victoria Community Food Hub. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Greater Victoria site advancing food security

Province announces $350,000 for the Victoria Community Food Hub

Fruit in this tray will get a second life and be packaged for things like smoothies. In the background, a worker scoops mango at the Victoria Community Food Hub. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Food bank demand is up in Greater Victoria, spurred largely by inflation and high gas prices. Pictured is the Goldstream Food Bank warehouse in November 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rise in food bank demand fueled by inflation, high gas prices in Greater Victoria

Local food banks had 3 to 4 times the new patrons in March than the typical month

Food bank demand is up in Greater Victoria, spurred largely by inflation and high gas prices. Pictured is the Goldstream Food Bank warehouse in November 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)