Community Workshops

As we collectively consider more diverse and unique experiences of food (in)security and work towards creative community-driven support initiatives, Food Matters Manitoba has designed a number of new workshops to offer engaging conversation, consideration and renewed vision for food-centred works and programs.
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LET's TALK ABOUT FOOD

bringing a harm reduction approach to our conversations

length: an engaging and participant-driven hour-long workshop

for: groups of 6-14, ages 16+

cost: sliding scale fee

best suited for: equity-oriented workplaces, community groups and organizations, food-centred works

what we say (and how we say it) has an impact

Each of our relationships with food are deeply personal: cultural, spiritual, interpersonal, systemic, and ethical.

The ways we talk about food communicate more than simply our ‘personal preferences’, and can reinforce damaging ideas – about bodies, cultures, our own relationship to food, and our sense of connection.

reducing harm in our messages

 We all experience consistent messaging surrounding food – whether through media, peers, family, or ‘experts’ – which tends to be harmful, inaccurate, and disrespectful. Our ‘let’s talk about food‘ workshop encourages participants to be deliberate and mindful in the language they use to talk about food within their programs and workplaces.

starting a necessary conversation

As with all of Food Matters Manitoba’s Community Outreach and Engagement programming, it is our hope and intention that workshops like ‘let’s talk about food’ serve to ‘break the ice’, providing support and resourcing for ongoing (necessary) conversations about food security.

Note: 'let's talk about food' is offered primarily online at this time

Food Security Matters

facilitating a more critical, inclusive, and collaborative conversation about food security

length: 90 minute workshop 

for: groups working together, aged 16+

cost: sliding scale fee

best suited for: client-serving professionals, educators, community leaders

building a collective definition of food security

Food Security Matters moves beyond ‘household food insecurity’ and considers food security as an experience, and one that is unique to each person, and constantly changing. 

reflecting upon, and expanding our understanding

Participants are guided through the many of the complex and multi-faceted components of a ‘food secure experience’, and are encouraged to think imaginatively and compassionately about how these experiences may differ.

working to unseat shame and empower individuals

As we unpack, define, and re-imagine the ways in which systemic harms and oppressions make the most marginalized among us disproportionately food insecure, we simultaneously challenge the damaging notion that food insecurity is a personal failure. Food Security Matters aims to support, and resource, community members and community-driven initiatives which challenge food insecurity where it starts.

Note: 'Food Security Matters' is offered primarily online at this time

Professional Development Series

This longer workshop format allows more time for group discussion and engaging activities

For organizations seeking an engaging professional development experience, 'Food Security Matters' & 'let's talk about food' work well together as a half-day combination.

Engage in a more critical, inclusive, and
collaborative conversation about food security &
introduce a harm reduction approach to your conversations.

length: 1/2 day or 4.5 hour workshop 

for: groups working together, aged 16+

cost: sliding scale fee

best suited for: client-serving professionals, educators, community leaders

Note: The 1/2 day workshop series is offered primarily online at this time.