NEW WAYS TO IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY

Access to healthy food impacts people’s wellbeing, a community’s resilience, and the health of our economy and environment. We are striving for a food system in Halifax that provides adequate, healthy, safe, affordable, and sustainable food to residents as a basic human right.

Through the Food Security Innovation Initiative we’re bringing individuals and organizations together to explore new ways of addressing food insecurity in our communities. This Halifax Innovation Outpost initiative aims to address a key social challenge in alignment with the municipality’s poverty reduction strategy, as well as community plans and initiatives like the JustFOOD Action Plan.

About the Initiative

Through this pilot project we are aiming to:

  • Support participants in connecting with mentors and like-minded people
  • Develop participants’ capacity and skills to experiment with new ideas
  • Work as a cohort to develop, experiment, and test ideas, concepts, and models with communities
  • Help participants develop tangible, viable, and sustainable solutions

Participants

Thank you to everyone who has shared their interest, passion, and ideas with us. Over 50 individuals and organizations responded to the call for ideas in November 2020.

Four community organizations were invited to participate in the pilot project from January-April 2021. Participants are well-connected to the communities in which they operate and have the existing momentum and connections needed to develop and test new concepts.

The following organizations presented a unique connection to their community, focus on a specific topic or idea to improve Halifax's food system, and show strong potential and ability to implement. Learn more about the organizations and their projects.


Akoma

Community gardens play an important role in connecting food security, history, culture, self-sufficiency, and active living for Black communities in the Preston Area. The Food Security Innovation team supported Akoma in planning and facilitating a discussion with nine community initiatives working towards similar goals and forming a network to continue partnerships and collaboration.

"With the support of the Food Security Innovation Initiative, we were able to bring a group of community gardeners, many from the local African Nova Scotian communities, together to share current initiatives, learn from challenges, and develop new ideas. The folks from Davis Pier were great to work with and their facilitating skills greatly enhanced our forum. We look forward to the ongoing outcome as a result of this work." - Veronica Marsman


Hope Blooms

Hope Blooms has a vision of transforming their produce box program into a vibrant, empowering, and equitable community food program. The Food Security Innovation team helped Hope Blooms develop a prototype for a digital currency and payment system that will enable participants in their community food program to shop and pay using their phones.


Mealful

Mealful is a start-up business focused on providing affordable meal services to students while creating business opportunities for restaurants. Participating in this initiative has provided Mealful with the resources and additional skills to test a prototype of their service, develop their business operations, and learn about students’ food security challenges.

“Mealful aims to provide high-quality hot and fresh restaurant-cooked food daily in a meal plan style subscription to create an all in one solution to food.” - Shivam Mahajan, CEO of Mealful


Mobile Food Market

JustFOOD, Mobile Food Market, Farmers Markets NS, and Nourish NS have come together to develop a draft concept of a Local Food Hub to share with potential stakeholders to bring diverse interests to the tables, continue the conversation, and plan for next steps. The goal of the Local Food Hub is to strengthen our food system through purchasing, storing, and distributing local food to regional organizations, public institutions (such as schools), restaurants, and other food providers. The Food Security Innovation team supported the partners in creating a shared vision, goals, and concept for further development.

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What we're working on

Halifax's innovation ecosystem is growing and new ideas and spaces are popping up. Learn about the first Halifax Innovation District initiative - the Innovation Outpost.

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