The Niagara Food Security Network was formed in 2020 to work on key recommendations coming out of the Niagara Food Forum (2019), hosted by United Way Niagara to engage the food security sector players. In late 2020, a series of conversations were conducted to gather the voices of individuals who are experiencing food insecurity and living in the Niagara region. Read the Lived Experience Engagement Report.
In 2020, the Network applied to Innoweave to conduct a two-year Food Security Collective Impact Project with the support of expert coaches from Social Impact Advisors. The Network has completed Phase One and is currently involved in Phase Two of the two-year project. Phase One focused on the development of the Theory of Change, our Intended Outcomes and Impact and co-creating strategies with community and the Network members. Phase One included engaging with key informants to develop a collective impact model for the collective to address food insecurity.
Phase Two will continue from Fall 2022 to mid 2023 and focus on developing the activities to achieve the goals and intended impact. Mid to late 2023 will see the Network identify and implement food security pilot projects aimed at improving food security.