Food Security Collaborative
- Comprises 20 active partner organizations and community members
- Vision: Every person in Prince Edward County has the means to consistently access and consume nutritious, affordable food.
- Collective Impact project:
PEC experiences one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the province. Conscious of the complex, long-standing nature of this issue, the Food Security working group has embraced a Collective Impact* (CI) approach for reaching the goal of significantly reducing food insecurity in the community. Collective Impact* is an advanced form of collaboration which brings together different sectors for a common agenda, to solve large complex problems. (*The Tamarack Institute definition)
The County Foundation, on behalf of the working group, received funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, and a private local donor, for the first phase of a CI project around the group’s vision and goal. In March 2018 the group completed this phase of the project. Results include an expanded group of stakeholders committed to a strategic community action plan that focuses on root causes of food insecurity. Desired outcomes of the action plan include increases in collaboration, public awareness, food literacy, government support, income security, access to and distribution of food, as well as a strengthened food economy. Next steps include a working group meeting in May, with this meeting being open to all community members.