The Edmonton Food Council (EFC)’s 2016-2017 focus is contributing to a healthier, more food-secure community. Food security exists when everyone has economic and physical access to adequate, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. However, roughly one in 10 households is either unsure of where their next meal will come from, or does not have enough to eat. More than 15 000 individuals use the Edmonton Food Bank each month and 40% of those users are children.
The EFC is working on building foundations so that all Edmontonians have better access to foods that are affordable and nutritious. This will be done by removing barriers that prevent individuals, families and communities from learning about and participating in the local food system. This would mean more opportunities to grow, prepare, preserve, purchase and celebrate local food.
More information on food security and the EFC’s work will be posted on this blog, so check back regularly.