Food Gathering 2019

Food Gathering 2019 is just in the planning stages at this point and your input is always valued! You can direct questions or ideas for next Fall’s event to:

“Food security and knowledge about healthy food and food preparation are key ingredients to more sustainable communities. The more opportunities we can create for people to understand the value of and have access to good food, the better prepared we will all be for the future.”

Last October this meeting discussed some of the following:

  • $$ and more $
  • transportation to access food resources
  • our western “throw away” society contributes to the loss of food which could be used includes best before and expiry dates
  • Find other sources of food e.g. Good Food Box program; tie into this for food banks (buy bulk)
  • free crock pots for families with limited kitchen tools
  • making things happen; Great Community Initiatives; Find a way to make it happen
  • Reach out for alternate ways to feed. eg., food banks prepared weekend take home packets for students
  • waste! how to prevent change the mindset against  best before dates
  • Prevention efforts to decrease rates of mental illness i.e, Nutrition in early years, prenatally and infancy
  • HUB — Resources — Food services
  • data that demonstrates the positive results  of health diets on mental health
  • the interconnections between mental health and the environment needs to be further discussed. Accessing nature is not likely a priority when going through crisis/harmful  experiences
  • more community gatherings
  • mobilizing “lay” supports (connecting)
  • community conversations
  • access to food, lack of transporation
  • one place…a HUB… to donate; learn to cook; taste our 60 vegetables
  • taking courses on mental health to “be present” a little more
  • Freshi offers 50% off catering to non profit orgs
  • share you skills and use you population’s skills
  • diversity within grey Bruce; Addictions – Mental health — Need (bruce peninsula)
  • My first priority is to develop a Therapeutic Relationship with residents = Therapeutic Alliance
  • poverty is the root of food insecurity and homelessness – GOV’t !!
  • connecting resources
  • Freshi – pay it forward
  • See the person – Caring for the internal person/soul is so crucial to helping with the food, poverty, addiction, stress, housing….
  • mental health experience
  • Improved access to good quality food for  all
  • promoting non-judgmental dignified access to food
  • Dr. Tom O’Bryan new book: “You Can Fix Your Brain”
  • parents skipping meals to feed their children
  • I see you, I hear you, = Worthiness
  • Sawubona
  • FFG #3 2019

The final commentary for the day centered on the need and support for these kinds of gatherings even more often that once a year. It was noted that the Food Security Access Group meets monthly and would be a good place for anyone interested in these issues to attend.

For More information about the event please email