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The Gleaner [May 4, 2020]: Community of Practice conversations over 5+ weeks of COVID-19


The Gleaner is a bi-weekly round-up of blog posts, new stories, featured resources and important happenings from the BC Food Security Gateway.

The Gateway supports knowledge exchange and collaboration to address food security in BC, including hosting an amazing community of practice, whose work we are delighted to highlight.


Community of Practice conversations over 5+ weeks of COVID-19



Communities of Practice visualization

Image credit Nitya Wakhlu


The Gateway’s Community of Practice (CoP) convenes folks throughout the traditional Indigenous territories we call BC who are engaged in food systems, food policy, food networks, and food movement work at the community level. We are currently meeting twice a month to support each other during the pandemic.

Read our gentle recaps of the last 5+ weeks of conversations during the pandemic.


CoP members have been featured in the media, offering grounded action and a vision for how we grow a more resilient food system – a compelling alternative to the charitable food bank model. Check out the news highlights below for news from Jen Cody at Nanaimo FoodShare, Aaren Topley with Can You Dig it, and Anita Georgy of Farm Folk City Folk.

Maurita Prato of Lush Valley is podcasting; Community Food Security in a Pandemic Episode 2 is now live.


What’s New?

COVID-19 Food Security Resources

The Gateway will post credible resources on Covid-19 during the pandemic. Read more.

Learning Opportunities

[WEBINAR] Seeds and the Root of Food Security | CRFAIR | May 6, 4 -5 PM PST

COVID-19 Funding | More here

Federal Food Security Investment | Application Information

Vancouver Foundation Community Response Fund


News Highlights

Our top 10 news stories from the last few weeks covering COVID-19 and the impact on food security and systems. Scan all the news we post on Twitter right on the Gateway.



Webinars for Viewing

WEBINAR: Orchestrating a growing movement in the City of Victoria

WEBINAR: Food Secure Canada’s Food policy and COVID-19: From short-term response to food system transformation

WEBINAR: COVID-19 and Food Insecurity (with PROOF’s Valerie Tarasuk)


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