Child Poverty Task Force
Our meetings are free and open to the public, all are welcome.
What we are doing:
The Child Poverty Nutrition Task Force is working to understand and address children’s nutrition and food-related health challenges in at-risk communities on Manitoulin Island, especially First Nations communities. Collaboration between agencies and communities at monthly meetings and for other projects is raising awareness of effective work already happening, as well as discovering shared questions.
We have started a Good Food Box Program (click on image below for more info) on Manitoulin, offering affordable boxes of fresh produce to be purchased once a month. We worked together with Sudbury’s GFB program for the first year in 2013, and now the program runs directly out of Little Current. The GFB includes a Grow A Row program for home gardeners to donate produce to supplement the items purchased for the boxes. (Click on flyer below)
We are initiating a Fruit Gleaning project happening at farms across Manitoulin each fall, volunteers harvesting fruit that would otherwise not be used, and making this food available to the Good Food Box program.
We are promoting healthy eating, cooking and gardening skills for at-risk families. The Task Force has recently completed a Community Food Security Directory for Manitoulin, (click image for a PDF file for download or to add a link to your organization's website).
Individuals working in relationship to children’s poverty and nutrition (CPN) on Manitoulin Island have shared ideas and questions over the years. A group became more strongly formed in Fall of 2010 when Noojmowin Teg Health Centre’s dieticians and child nutrition program organized a day-long seminar with Dr. Val Tarasuk from Univ. of Toronto. At the end of that day, participants wanted to continue to work together to advocate for nutritional health of children in at-risk situations on Manitoulin, especially acknowledging cultural strengths and challenges related to food for children in First Nations communities. Partners came together again in Nov. 2010 to host Kitchen Table Talks to give our input on the development of the Canadian People’s Food Policy.
In the spring of 2011 the Task Force received an advocacy development grant from the SPARK program of the Heart and Stroke Foundation to support our advocacy development work for one year. Noojmowin Teg Health Centre has been and is currently the host organization for the Task Force, however its success thus far has been due to broad cooperative efforts from a large range of communities, organizations, and individuals.
Current Partners include: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, Manitoulin Family Resources, Health Babies Healthy Children Coalition, LoonSong Garden, Manitoulin Community Food Network, Sudbury & District Health Unit, Wikwemikong Health Centre, Whitefish River First Nation Health Centre, Aundeck Omni Kaning Health Centre, Sheguiandah Health Centre, M’Chigeeng First Nation Health Centre, Little Current United Church, and many individual members of the public contributing their time and ideas.
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