Lack of essential nutrients can have a profound effect on a child’s healthy development and a diet of primarily processed foods can affect concentration, energy levels, and general well-being. For many individuals and families, buying fresh or organic foods is too expensive and unfortunately, packaged, unhealthy meals or fast food is more affordable when your finances are already stretched by living needs such as rent, utilities, childcare, or medical costs.
For many Indigenous folk in our community, the effects of colonization have created a disconnect from culturally appropriate foods and this has had a profound effect on the First Nation’s community’s ability to access traditional ingredients from the land.
Programs and supports
United Way is committed to supporting programs and services that assist people in getting the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives and ultimately thrive. This includes funding for community kitchens, neighbourhood house food distribution initiatives, community gardens and orchards, and Indigenous food programs that help revive traditional food knowledge and a connection to the land.