Video Launch News Release

April 20, 2002

For release

Food Matters Manitoba Launches “Food Insecurity in Manitoba” Videos

April 21, 2020  1:00 pm CDT

Winnipeg, MB. Food Matters Manitoba is about to launch Food Insecurity in Manitoba, a series of three five-minute videos focused on Experiences, Causes and Solutions to food insecurity in our province.

“The release of these videos could not be timelier as Manitobans try to cope during these unprecedented times,” said Rob Moquin, Executive Director, Food Matters Manitoba.

“Even before the current COVID-19 crisis, food insecurity among Manitoba’s families was on the rise, with one-in-seven Manitoba households struggling to afford food. Poverty and precarious employment have always been among the root causes of food insecurity.”

“The videos were produced before the pandemic, but the issues they highlight are so relevant today. Now more than ever, we are seeing the importance of secure, adequate and dignified income and support for community-based solutions grounded in local wisdom.”

The videos are a snapshot of some of the systemic barriers to accessing safe, nutritious and affordable food, some of the everyday things people must do to meet their needs, and some concrete actions that can be taken to create long-term change. The faces in the videos reflect the diversity of experience and wisdom found in Food Matters Manitoba’s province-wide network.

“Food is life and it’s really important to think about the way food connects with other systems that sustain us,” said Professor Kristen Lowitt, Chair of the Brandon Food Council. “These videos invite us to think about the interconnections between poverty, health, agriculture, trade, and community well-being. Addressing food security is very much about supportive income policies, addressing housing, and transportation needs. These are solutions Manitobans are eager to learn about, especially now, and the videos will be great tools in the educational toolkit.”

The videos were produced to reach diverse audiences. One version is sub-titled in English and another has French subtitles. The videos, and a series of accompanying print backgrounders (in English and French), will be available here after the launch. 

The launch will be conducted via a Zoom webinar, and media are invited to attend. To register, use this link

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Contact:

For more information, please contact:

Rob Moquin, Executive Director

Food Matters Manitoba

Email: rob@foodmattersmanitoba.ca

Phone: 204-612-0111

www.foodmattersmanitoba.ca

Food Matters Manitoba is building a province where good food nourishes strong communities and healthy people.

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