Food Security Matters – Speakers Series

COVID-19: First wave impacts on the charitable food sector in Manitoba

Wednesday September 29, 202

1:00-2:00pm on ZOOM

Dr. Joyce Slater presents her latest research on food security in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Moderated by Food Matters Manitoba’s Board Vice Chair, Beth Timmers.
Research Summary

The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic led to unprecedented social and economic upheaval in Canada due to mass job loss and business closures. Food insecurity rose, increasing demands on charitable food organizations. This presentation will discuss a University of Manitoba study which investigated the impact of the COVID pandemic on food banks in Manitoba during spring 2020. COVID had a significant impact on the charitable food sector, presenting many challenges and requiring significant operational changes. Food banks introduced new policies and re-configured programs to try and meet client needs and public health directives amid uncertain supports and resources.

More about Joyce

Joyce Slater is a Professor of Community Nutrition in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, at the University of Manitoba.  She teaches food and nutrition literacy education, and public health nutrition.  Joyce conducts research on food and nutrition security; the role of food literacy in well-being; and nutrition epidemiology. Her research has been funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Home Economics Foundation.  Joyce is a Registered Dietitian who worked in various public health organizations for 18 years before obtaining her PhD and joining the University of Manitoba. 

Small Scale, Big Ideas for Climate, Land & Food

May 19, 2021

Learning from experienced panelists, guests will gain a deeper understanding of how small-scale producers are responding to a changing climate, stewarding land and water, and showing us a different way forward for feeding ourselves and caring for the planet.

Roy & Lee Ann

Unfortunately, technical difficulties got in the way of Roy joining the conversation live. Thankfully, he and Lee Ann have kindly shared some notes on their farm experiences and  these inspiring photos of their growing project in Cross Lake.

Event Panelists

Roy & LeeAnn

Justin GirardHearts & Roots Farm

Justin Girard co-operates Hearts & Roots: A Small Farm, alongside Britt Embry. Together they manage 20 acres of field production, focusing on annual and perennial food crops with the help of animal integration. Hearts & Roots is located on Treaty 1 Territory, just south of Elie, Mb.

Roy Ross | Cross Lake farm 

We are the Ross family. My name is Roy and my wife LeeAnn and our son Gregory. We live in Cross Lake Manitoba, my hometown. We have a small homestead/farm we started last September, with a few chickens, pigs, calves, lambs, goose, turkey and a rooster. Our goal is to have a farm with animals that can provide everything we need so we don’t depend on the stores as much as we do now for food.

Amy Nikkel | Adagio Acres

Amy Nikkel manages Adagio Acres, a small organic farm and grain mill in the interlake region of Manitoba.  After growing and milling oats for retail sale for several years, they began to see gaps in the large industrial food distribution system and began to devise a way to fill those gaps.  They now run an annual Grain CSA where the primary goal is to reduce food waste, decrease food miles, and create meaningful connections between farmers and consumers.

Host & moderator

Rob Moquin | Executive Director for Food Matters Manitoba

Rob is a settler Canadian with Franco-Manitoban and Acadian roots; he was born and raised and currently lives in Winnipeg, in Treaty 1 Territory. As Executive Director of Food Matters Manitoba, Rob works with local governments, organizations, civil society, and community members to develop and sustain initiatives that enhance food security throughout Manitoba.

Kirsten Earl McCorrister | Food Matters Manitoba Board Member

Kirsten Earl McCorrister is an independent consultant who supports not-for-profit groups, Indigenous Nations, and small-scale organizations as they realize their strategic and collaborative goals. She has a particular interest in supporting Indigenous environmental sovereignty and is working with several Northern Cree First Nations in their individual and collective efforts to protect their traditional territories.



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