Arrow Lakes food security consultations adjust to new COVID rules

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Plans to hold a series of community meetings on food security in the Arrow Lakes region have been put on hold due to the new restrictions handed down by the provincial health officer in mid-November.

The Old Firehall Collective was planning to hold meetings in Nakusp, Fauquier and Burton late in the month to talk about food security.

“We wanted to go to the grassroots, and talk to people about their food security situation,” says Rosemary Hughes, a member of the collective. “We have 51 children accessing the Nakusp Food Bank. That’s a lot.”

The collective’s events had to be postponed after Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new restrictions to try to stem the growth of COVID-19 cases in the province. Those restrictions included cancelling any community events for at least two weeks.

“We’ll have to see what she says on December 7, and decide from there,” says Hughes, referring to the end date of the current list of restrictions. The collective will meet to decide alternative paths to consulting with the community, including possible online surveys and virtual meetings.

Hughes says their new plans will be announced in local media and online.

The project has received $25,000 from the Union of BC Municipalities, and $6,000 from Interior Health to do the consultations.

Hughes says the project began out of concern about food security for residents of the Arrow Lakes region, and a desire to enhance Nakusp’s role as an agricultural production hub for the area.

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice