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Food Security in Delta

Community Capacity

Deltassist is an active participant in The Delta Food Coalition’s efforts to develop a focused action plan in community outreach, education, communication and municipal engagement to increase food security in Delta.

Since 2009 we have added strategy and accomplishments to grow from our starting hope.

Our Community Fund provides Delta residents with emergency food, when it is not available elsewhere.

Deltassist also coordinates the collection of food and distribution of Christmas hampers for low-income Delta residents during the Christmas season.

Community Sustainability

Working to build capacity through collaborative and cooperative activities requires:

  • FoodBank

    Volunteers making sure our food cupboard is organized and there is no expired food.

    Community Need Awareness
  • Community Partnerships
  • Raising Awareness
  • Encouraging Involvement
  • Municipal Engagement
  • Stakeholders Engagement
  • Mapping Local Food Sources
  • Community Delivery Mechanisms

Build capacity through collaborative and cooperative activities is built daily at the “grass roots”.

Work done by the Earthwise Garden Society (Annual Grow Local Fair) and Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (A Day at the Farm) are examples of how building events contributes to our sustainability.

Deltassist also administers a bread gleaning program.  Each week bread is generously donated by Monte Cristo Bakery and distributed to various community partners.  The bread is free and available to all.

Oct 29 2014 (89 Cases of Bread 5

Volunteers packaging our weekly bread donations getting them ready to go out to the community.

“For family and community to thrive the residents must survive.”

The Delta Food Coalition Accomplishments

This community of citizens and organizations increase food security in Delta. Community members participate by choice at self-determined levels of capacity and interest to also build economic and social opportunities to enhance food security and sustainability.

Accomplishments include:

  • FoodSupplyCoordinator hired mid June, 2009
  • Public presentations
  • Corporation of Delta – Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • Delta Cable Show
  • DFWT – A Day at the Farm
  • Earthwise – Grow Local Fair
  • Develop Community Partnerships
  • Power to the Parsnip Logo
  • Public Opinion Survey
  • Let’s Talk Food Community forums
  • Presentation to Delta Child & Youth Committee
  • “Harvesting Health, Creating Community”™ tag line and Brochure

Vol.1 Delta Food Coalition Newsletter, March
Vol.2 Delta Food Coalition Newsletter, April
Vol.3 Delta Food Coalition Newsletter, May

Areas to Focus Delta’s Food Sustainability

This community of citizens and organizations increase food security in Delta. Community members participate by choice at self-determined levels of capacity and interest to also build economic and social opportunities to enhance food security and sustainability.

Items identified include:

  • Develop more stable sources of funding
  • Promote our success and work more extensively in the community
  • Develop a communication strategy
  • Website
  • Establish an outcome evaluation of the program to better track success
  • Enhance and improve participation at the committee and community level to include more stake holders
  • Recruit champions within the Community of Delta
  • Active participation on the Corporation of Delta Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Develop a database for funding (friend-raising initiatives)
  • Diversify funding
  • Corporation of Delta – Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • Terasen Gas
  • Van City
  • Envision
  • Service Clubs
  • Product sales (local food cookbooks, tool kits, templates for creating garden plots et cetera)
  • Endorsements
  • Individual donations
  • Memberships

 

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