Halton Region awards over $200,000 to food security programs

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Halton Region awards over $200,000 to food security programs
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Gary Carr

Gary Carr

In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

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On July 13, 2016, Regional Council approved $212,500 in funding for 13 community programs and projects that will support the health and well-being of Halton residents that have inadequate access to food. The funding is the result of a new stream of funding through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF), which was created to improve access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food in partnership with Halton’s non-profit and community organizations.

This funding reflects Halton’s commitment to improve access to food by working closely with our community partners. Investing in community agencies through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund is another example of how we’re working together with the community to achieve the best possible health and well-being for all and is part of what makes Halton Region such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Funding will help community organizations to increase the amount of fresh and culturally appropriate foods available to clients, strengthen the capacity of agencies to safely store and distribute food and will support other efforts that make food more accessible to residents with inadequate access to food.

The food security grants are part of over $1.4 million in 2016 HRCIF funding that will support a wide range of community health and social service programs that serve Halton residents. The following programs which have Oakville residents will receive funding through the food security stream of the Halton Region Community Investment Fund:

  1. ClearView Community Church (Oakville) – to increase cold storage for its food programs, including cooking classes;
  2. The Dar Foundation – to support the purchase of Halal meats for its clients;
  3. Food4Kids – to determine the scope of need and plan program expansion;
  4. Food for Life – to hire an additional ‘food raiser’ to source fresh and culturally appropriate food for community programs;
  5. Halton Food for Thought – to purchase freezers/refrigerators to support student nutrition programs in 11 schools;
  6. Halton Fresh Food Box – to support a pilot project to deliver fresh food boxes to clients with transportation or mobility barriers;
  7. Halton Women’s Place – to provide grocery cards to women exiting the shelter;
  8. St. Luke’s Anglican Church (Oakville) – to purchase a refrigerator that will assist the organization to establish an outreach program.

To learn more about the Halton Region Community Investment Fund, visit halton.ca/investment fund or dial 311.



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