Seven organizations receive federal support to improve food security in Eastern Ontario Français
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Jul 30, 2021, 16:14 ET
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTRY, ON, July 30, 2021 /CNW/ - An increasing number of Canadians have faced challenges in putting food on their tables due to COVID-19. Even before the pandemic, too many Canadians were struggling to access safe and healthy food. The Government of Canada is committed to helping communities invest in infrastructure that will improve their food security and increase access to healthy, nutritious and local foods for families in need.
Today, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Parliamentary Secretary Neil Ellis, announced an investment of up to $338,708 for seven organizations in Eastern Ontario. This funding, under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Local Food Infrastructure Fund, will be used to purchase and install various forms of equipment, such as freezers, coolers, storage equipment and LED lighting system. This equipment will help fresh food last longer and provide safe, clean and healthy food to people with immediate food needs.
The Parliamentary Secretary made the announcement at the Prince Edward County Food Hub, which is receiving up to $74,350 for a standing walk in cooler, gas powered steam kettle, reach in blast chiller and a variety of small kitchen appliances and labour to install the newly acquired equipment.
Other recipients include:
Projects and final funding are subject to negotiation of a contribution agreement.
This investment was made through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund. On July 9, 2021, Minister Bibeau announced a top-up of $10 million for the Fund. This additional top-up is part of the Government of Canada's commitment to provide continued support to emergency hunger relief organizations, which have faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as higher demands and fewer resources. With this additional funding to address pandemic-related food security pressures, the Fund is supporting $23 million in projects in 2021-22.
Since it first launched in August 2019, the Fund has committed $27 million to support over 625 vital food security projects across Canada, such as: community gardens and kitchens; refrigerated trucks and storage units for donated food; greenhouses in remote and northern communities; and more.
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"The Government of Canada is providing the necessary equipment and tools to improve food security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is helping to provide the proper equipment to various organizations to keep food cooler for longer, allowing them to extend food's life and provide more assistance to those who need it."
-        Neil Ellis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Launched just months before the ongoing pandemic took hold in early 2020, County Food Hub has been here from the outset supporting our local food security groups to produce high volumes of nutritious, ready-to-heat meals destined for distribution to residents-in-need across Prince Edward County. With a slate of start-up, and growing, local value-added food businesses now also regularly using our shared commercial kitchen and storage facilities, or housing their entire businesses here on-site as long-term tenants, this Local Food Infrastructure Fund comes as a needed boost for our social enterprise. We look forward to being able to position ourselves even more robustly as the local agri-food economy grows, along with our continued community food requirements. Funds will be focused on more efficient, higher volume food production, a suite of packaging and storage solutions to match our demand and a new baking lab."
-        Mike Farrell - General Manager, County Food Hub
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