From October 16 – 23 people in British Columbia took on the challenge of eating on less than $26 for that entire week. This is the challenge that is faced every week by people trying to survive in British Columbia, with it’s unforgiving high cost of living. Raise the Rates, a coalition concerned with homelessness and poverty in BC, is the organizer of the Welfare Food Challenge. Check out this Vancouver Courier article.
We Scare Hunger is an initiative put by Free the Children to help fix the unequal distribution of food. At Britannia Secondary, we will be collecting non-perishable food items this Halloween, as we go ‘trick-or-treating.’ This food will then be brought to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Even though the food bank is not a solution to hunger in Vancouver, every bit of food that is donated helps feed those in need.
What role does food play in your life? In your family? In your community? In your region? Take this opportunity to reflect on these questions. Some of us have an abundance of food, while many have a deficit. So many skilled, talented, and educated people work towards developing a way to feed everyone on the planet with the required nutrients. What role can you play in making this a reality?
I recently completed level 2 of the BC Food Safe program. I am now working towards becoming a certified instructor, as this will allow me to offer the course to schools in the area. Both Britannia Secondary and the Take A Hike program are incredibly active with food related programs, with students demonstrating impressive culinary skills!
I hope to offer canning workshops in the future, and likely will do this next Summer. Please share your ideas, interests, or questions if you have any regarding this!