Food Security

March is nutrition month - the perfect opportunity to highlight the lack of access to healthy food options in Saskatoon West. Accessibility and affordability of healthy food options play a crucial role in the health of a community.

Sheri at the Askiy CHEP Community Garden 2018

March is nutrition month - the perfect opportunity to highlight the lack of access to healthy food options in Saskatoon West. Accessibility and affordability of healthy food options play a crucial role in the health of a community. While we all hear a lot about how important it is to eat healthy, whole foods, we don’t hear enough about the effect that living in a food desert plays in the ability to access those options.

I asked a U of S undergraduate student, Lauren Klassen, to pull together research on what the current state of food security is in my riding and what programs exist to help combat the problem. She outlined the important role that community gardens and community programs like CHEP’s Fresh Food Markets play in ensuring Saskatoon’s core communities have healthy food options. Please have a read through of the report here.

 

I also sent the report to the Minister of Agriculture asking him why it is taking so long for the federal government to release and implement a national food policy that they have been working on since 2016. 

Food Security Letter to Minister MacAuley Page 1