The Poverty Task Force builds partnerships with key community stakeholders and networks: working together to eliminate poverty, enhancing our common understanding of poverty issues through solution-based research, knowledge development and information sharing.
The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force is made up of 6 sector-based Action Groups: Income Security, Food Security, Housing, Transportation, Bridges (Out of Poverty) Action Group and Moving Forward on Health Equity. These sub-groups of the Poverty Task Force dig deeper into the root causes of poverty in our communities and take action. A Community Voices advocacy group of people with lived experience and a Steering Committee also make up the Task Force.
The Food Security Action Group is made up of healthy food promoters, soup kitchens, food banks, agriculturalists, church groups, local food promoters, funders and policy makers. Despite the severity of the experience, only 1 in 5 food insecure households access traditional food charities.
The Food Security Action Group supports the model of a Community Food Centre (CFC), or a hub model to better meet community needs. This model leverages the power of community and creates a sense of belonging that empower all community members to advocate for a better food system. Community Food Centres or Hubs challenge the line between giver and receiver by giving everyone a place and inviting people with lived experience to be involved in program creation and delivery.
The Food Security Hub Project will bring community organizations, municipal leaders, food producers, and community members to the table for action focused discussions on their communities food security needs. The project a partnership with the United Way of Bruce Grey, Grey Bruce Sustainability Network, the Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Poverty Task Force with 5 Food Security Community Conversations and an Annual Fall Food Gathering scheduled in 2019.
The Food Security Action Group also supports a Second Harvest program that promotes the registration of Grey Bruce donors (farmers, producers, restaurants, grocery stores) and recipients (food banks, hot meal programs, community kitchens, etc.) on FoodRescue.ca.