The Maple Leaf Center for Action on Food Security announced Oct. 12 investments in four innovative new projects that focus on advancing food security in Canada. The center’s new partners are Food Secure Canada, Meal Exchange, Ottawa Food Bank and Kamloops Food Policy Council. Since it was established in late 2016, the center has committed investments of more than $3.4 million to support eleven projects.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 children and 4 million Canadians (approximately 12% of the population) face food insecurity. This is a complex and very challenging social issue that requires urgent public policy and community based solutions.

“It is a national shame that with our wealth as a nation and abundant food, four million Canadians face hunger,” said Michael H. McCain, Honorary Chair of the center. “This requires policy reform. It requires new ways of tackling the issue. It requires action by business, civil society and individuals.”

Funding these forward-thinking initiatives, which range from addressing on-campus student hunger to creating a multi-stakeholder food security community of practice, will yield important insights and outcomes.