Food Action Hub

 

We build networks of support within communities, which expand and intertwine throughout regions.  

With our work through the Food Action Hub, we: 

Listen to and amplify the voices of experts*. 

Develop, curate and distribute educational resources that disseminate information about our complex food systems to help us gain a better collective understanding of the root causes of food insecurity.   

Use our wide and diverse network to better connect those working towards a food secure Manitoba.   

 

*Our definition of expert is an inclusive one. We listen to and amplify the voices of both context and content experts. Context experts are people with lived experience of the subject area. Content experts are people who formally study or work in the subject area. 

 

Strong, Connected and Informed Community Organizations 

 

The Food Action Hub is a province wide network that provides free educational resources covering all topics related to food security, as well as in-person and online networking support to increase connection for interdisciplinary collaboration and leadership development.  

Between April 2020 and December 2022, Food Matters Manitoba developed and maintained a social media like online platform for the Food Action Hub, with subscriptions, individual profiles, online messaging, and groups. Through this year and a half of running the online platform of the Food Action Hub, we tried different engagement strategies and published as many resources as we could. 

However, when assessing this program, the data collected clearly showed that, while very time consuming, our engagement efforts and outreach were not efficiently accomplishing our goal of connecting users. Furthermore, it was impossible for Food Matters Manitoba’s changing staff team to sustain these efforts long term. As we always aim to better ourselves and learn from our experiences, this feedback made us re-evaluate whether the existing format of the online community was the right fit for Food Matters Manitoba’s community to connect and network.  

 

With this in mind, we have rebuilt our community engagement, connection, and networking strategies around the numerous opportunities that Food Matters Manitoba’s ongoing programs and activities already offer. In order to simplify this streamlining, as of February 2023, we have merged the online platform of the Food Action Hub with Food Matters Manitoba’s website. Not only is this more sustainable, it is also better aligned with the type of support our partners are asking us for.  

 

The Food Action Hub remains a province wide network that provides free educational resources covering all topics related to food security, as well as in-person and online networking support to increase connection for interdisciplinary collaboration and leadership development.  

Our partners and other members of Food Matters Manitoba’s community (you!) can:  

Access our library of free educational resources directly from the homepage of this website and use our new and improved search engine to quickly find what they need

Easily find others who work towards a food secure Manitoba as we showcase their amazing endeavours through our map, blog, library of resources, Speaker Series, through the Beet and the Northern Sun, as well as our Facebook and Instagram feeds. We are always happy to put people in contact with each other when asked to do so. Over our decade of being the bridge of food security work in the province, it is through this one-on-one way of connecting people that we’ve witnessed the most meaningful partnerships emerge. Never hesitate to reach out to us!