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Halifax Partnership Food Bank challenge
The Halifax Partnership challenges Haligonians to grow food security and access to healthy food by sponsoring a row of fresh veggies, grown at Common Roots Urban Farm for the Parker Street Food Bank & people in need.
The Halifax Partnership challenges you to join the cause to help meet the goal of $10,000 by December 15.
Donors of $500 receive name recognition at the farm.
All donations over $25 will receive a charitable tax receipt. (We’re happy to make you a pretty certificate to include in a Christmas card, just ask!)
Every year, Common Roots Urban Farm grows and donates over 1000lbs of fresh food to the food bank, and another 500 lbs to volunteers who are also food bank users. Through our Free Food Pantry, another 200 lbs were distributed in 2017. Annually we donate over $8000 worth of fresh food value. With your support, we’d like to increase this.
Plus, we build capacity in our gardeners to grow their own, find work, feel connected, and advocate for more productive landscapes.
Help us help people in need now, and develop strategies and capacity for a sustainable and nutritious future.
According to the 2017 Halifax Index, findings from the 2017 City Matters Survey, conducted by MQO Research in winter 2017 to collect residents’ views on topics including quality of life, economic prospects, and more, brought to light some alarming statistics about Halifax residents’ food security:
- Almost half of respondents felt the cost of food and groceries in Halifax were not very or not at all affordable.
- 27% of respondents said they were not able to afford the food to feed themselves or theirfamily in the way they would like
- 20% of respondents said they sometimes have to choose between food and other lifenecessities.
“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (World Food Summit, 1996) Read more here