Nelson Food Cupboard co-ordinator Kim Charlesworth presented at the most recent meeting of the Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson and District Club. Her presentation focused on food systems and food security with references to our global and local situations.
She pointed out that world hunger is not due to lack of food, but to lack of distribution or access to food. Farming has become a difficult way to make a living due to lack of access to land, lack of storage facilities, no cost effective methods of distribution, and no commercial facilities for canning or processing.
She then offered solutions such as to buy local, eat seasonally and urge federal government to address issues pertaining to food security and create a national food policy. The Nelson Food Cupboard is a local resource that works toward solutions for access to healthy food for many residents who are in need.
CFUW members were impressed with the food cupboard’s creative approach to solving food access issues within our own community. For more information go to foodcupboard.org.