New funding will support food security programs throughout B.C.
April 30, 2019, VICTORIA
With a $3-million grant from the B.C. government, the Victoria Foundation will improve access to fresh, nutritious, affordable food for thousands of people who regularly experience food insecurity.
“Connecting more people to healthy food will make a huge difference in the lives of so many families,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “This is a perfect example of how we can all work together to reduce poverty and make life better for British Columbians.”
From the $3-million provincial contribution:
- Up to $2 million will be used to help purchase the Mustard Seed?s Food Security Distribution Centre, which is a hub to redistribute food across south Vancouver Island and home to the region?s Food Rescue Project. The building has been leased since 2017, and the purchase will provide long-term stability for the program.
- The remaining funding will be used to offer grants to organizations in B.C. for food security projects that can help low-income individuals and families