Joining forces for food

Organizations interested in ensuring everyone in Vernon has something to eat are being brought together.

Organizations interested in ensuring everyone in Vernon has something to eat are being brought together.

Trinity United Church and the Partners in Action committee are hosting a consultation Feb. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the church.

“The goal of the meeting is to bring together stakeholders and brainstorm opportunities for collaboration,” said Annette Sharkey, with Partners in Action.

“There are many faith groups, schools and non-profit organizations struggling to meet the demand. By combining resources and strengthening partnerships, there may be creative ways to get more healthy food to people and families in need.”

A background paper has been developed that outlines what resources are now available in the community and provides an overview of local statistics. The document also explores other projects and initiatives that help to prevent people from needing to access emergency food services. These include community gardens, bulk purchasing of foods, gleaning and other best practices from across Canada.

“According to recent local statistics, there is definitely a growing demand on the emergency food system in Vernon, and it is not just our homeless population who is in need,” said Sharkey.

“Many organizations are reporting increased access in services by seniors, working individuals and families. Schools are currently providing meals and snacks to children who would otherwise go hungry. Church groups continue to provide resources and volunteers to make sure residents have access to hot meals and food hampers.”

The session is for faith groups, non-profits, schools, government agencies, and service groups.

Individuals who are interested in attending should register through info@socialplanning.ca by Feb. 3 as seating is limited. Lunch will be provided by donation.