August 27, 2019 (Winnipeg, MB): Nearly 70 people will gather at Winnipeg Harvest on August 28 to discuss how the Manitoba budget can support access to good food, health and nutrition, and a sustainable food system.
Food Matters Manitoba is working with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba and communities across the province to build an Alternative Provincial Budget that reflects the priorities and needs of our communities. Food security is one of the core elements of the budget.
“These conversations are important for amplifying community voices, raising awareness of how governments make decisions, and bringing experts of all types together, including those with lived experience, to propose innovative solutions to pressing food security issues in our province,” says Rob Moquin, Policy Director with Food Matters Manitoba.
The response to these open public events demonstrates a strong interest from citizens and community groups in addressing the problems that stem from a lack of access to food for many families. At a similar event in Brandon dozens gathered to raise and discuss creative responses and concrete solutions. Registration for the conversation at Winnipeg Harvest has reached capacity and is now closed.
“I think it’s really telling that so many people want to be a part of these conversations. People in Manitoba understand that access to good food is essential, and that we have an obligation to ensure that no one goes hungry in our province,” says Meaghan Erbus, Advocacy and Impact Manager with Winnipeg Harvest.
Nearly 62,000 people use food banks in Manitoba each month, nearly half of these are children. One in five Manitoba children lives in a household that struggles to afford food.
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Rob Moquin, Policy Director
Food Matters Manitoba
Ph: (204) 943-0822 ext. 109