By Rosalind Russell – 192 community-led projects across Canada, including a Manitoulin Island First Nation, are receiving federal funding to help address local food security.
Nearly $10 million is flowing nationally for equipment and infrastructure needs to help improve the accessibility of nutritious, local food.
M’Chigeeng First Nation is receiving $66,329 to purchase a convection oven, range, freezers, small kitchen appliances, cookware, and storage cabinets.
Projects include community gardens and kitchens, refrigerated trucks and storage units for donated food, and greenhouses in remote and Northern communities.
“As we continue our efforts to stabilize food prices and bring relief to Canadians, this new funding through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) will help put more healthy, local food on tables right across the country,” says Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Since it first launched in August 2019, LFIF has committed $64.8 million to support over 1,100 projects to improve food security across Canada.