Beyond Our Plate

Youth engaged in critical thinking and making community change

Beyond Our Plate is a 2 part online workshop exploring food security, impacts & solutions.

Food security is big news these days. The pandemic has shone a bright light on inequitable food distribution across Manitoba. Students are curious about food security in their communities & how to influence positive change.

This workshop engages youth in critical thinking on food security issues and offers guidance for how to make change in their own community.

This high school level WORKSHOP INCLUDES

  • Food Security Lessons & Videos
  • Solutions Brainstorming
  • Group Discussions & Presentations
  • Mock Youth Food Policy Council
The online workshop is organized into 2-90 minute sessions.
 

There are 3 components to a Beyond Our Plate workshop

Learn the difference between household food insecurity, its impacts & a positive food secure experience.

Food Matters Manitoba facilitators guide you through the 5As of food security: Accessibility, Availability, Acceptability, Adequacy & Agency.

Youth work together to identify what food security looks like in their community. Together they dig into the success stories, the challenges and the underlying issues.

Finally students brainstorm creative solutions to real existing community food security inequities.

Student present their solutions to the class. This is a chance for students to both hear from other groups’ learning and to defend and debate their identified solutions.

Here’s where the BOP program connects best with grades 9-12 curricula.

Grade 9 – Social Studies

Three of the four social studies clusters are discussed within the BOP program: Diversity and Pluralism in Canada, Canada in the Global Context as well as Canada Opportunities and Challenges. This program highlights connections specific to: “Human Rights”, “Living in an Industrialized Consumer Society”, and “Social Justice in Canada”.

Grade 10 – Social Studies

Clusters two to five are covered directly and succinctly through the BOP program:  Natural Resources, Food from the Land, Industry and Trade and Urban Places. This program highlights connections specific to:  “Sustainable Development”, “Contemporary Issues Related to Food”, “Globalization”, and “Environmental and Economic Issues related to Place”

Grade 11 – History

BOP supports students developing skills in historical thinking by working with concepts and within frameworks that “establish historical significance”, “use primary sources as evidence”, “identify continuity and change”,  “analyze causes and consequences”, “consider of historical perspectives”, and “understand the ethical dimensions of history” through the lenses of Food Justice and Critical Perspectives on Food Insecurity.

Grade 12 – Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability

All areas of inquiry are explored in the BOP program.

Email us your curriculum questions.

The Beyond Our Plate Program was initially developed for a school in Winnipeg. Teachers were concerned that students experiencing food insecurity were blaming themselves without an understanding of the larger, systems wide causes. After the workshop, students demonstrated a broader understanding and they were keen on the next step of taking system changing action.

Food Matters expanded delivery of the program to schools in south-central Manitoba through a coalition of social service providers in the district. As news spreads about the program, interest in hosting it is growing.

I am more aware about how important food security is and how it’s important to solve any problem there is … because it affects me and the community drastically.

- rural Grade 12  participant

Top banner photo credit  Zachary Nelson