Food security occurs when all people at all times have access to enough food that:
- is affordable, safe and healthy
- is culturally appropriate
- meets specific dietary needs
- is obtained in a dignified manner
- is produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially just
Food is at the center of our lives. From our production to our consumption and everything in between, food involves many of the most important cultural, social and economic activities of our society. Here at Kits House, we have connected with other Westside organizations and community members to bring people together around food. By having a strong group of people working towards improving food security on the Westside, we feel that we can make an impact in improving food security for our neighbours.
Food security is not an issue of poverty. Food security affects all of us in some way or another. For this reason, it is important we all get involved; take control, put the power back into the hands of our community, learn something new about where our food comes from and begin to push the food system towards something more sustainable.
At Kits House, there are many ways to get involved. On the following food security pages, you’ll find many new and exciting food security initiatives that work from the bottom up, involving the whole community along the way. The programs are helping people learn how to grow their own food, helping low income seniors increase their access to healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables and helping local farmers provide for their community.