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October 11 2014

Dish Out More For Less: A Recipe Challenge In Whitehorse

Thursday, October 16th is World Food Day and marks the beginning of Poverty & Homelessness Action Week. This year’s theme will highlight food security. The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition (YAPC) is looking to shift the community’s thinking about how we address hunger and everyone’s access to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. The Coalition envisions a healthier and more sustainable food system that ensures community members can afford the food they need and access it with more dignity. Those of us fortunate enough to know where our next meal is coming from have a role to play in making sure the system is working for the most marginalized in our community. Those community members who have lived experience of food insecurity have an equal role to play in shifting the system. One way to better understand how we can improve our food system is to be aware of how it currently works. While all of the events during Poverty & Homelessness Action Week aim to increase our collective understanding, our recipe challenge is a unique and fun way to engage with a complex issue. The challenge is an open invitation to anyone in the community and the guidelines are simple:

  1. Provide a recipe using any of the basic ingredients that are commonly distributed at the Food Bank. There are two categories, stove-top and oven. Food insecurity means there are fewer choices and healthy options, so the rules for this challenge are attached and available for distribution. They are also available on our website. Chosen recipes will be offered to food bank clients.
  2. The recipe should be nutritious and created with the idea of making the contents of the food hamper stretch. Local ingredients are of course welcome.
  3. Bring your recipe and 1 staple food bank ingredient to the Legislature Lobby on Wednesday, October 16th between 10am and 2pm. Please include your name and contact information on your entry.

The winning recipes will be highlighted in YAPC’s yearly calendar and all other recipes will be compiled into a community cookbook. For complete details, please download the Dish Out More For Less PDF by clicking here.