Regina residents celebrate World Food Day

REGINA – This year’s World Food Day theme is one Saskatchewan producers can relate to; family farming.

Around 10, 000 students across the province took part in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s ‘The Big Crunch,’ where students chowed down on carrots and learned about the importance of eating local and healthy foods.

St. Micheal Community School’s principal, Dave Magnusson, said Thursday that it’s always a challenge providing a balanced lunch to students.

“What we’re able to do, is do some education and preparations with the kids in terms of how to prepare the foods and the different foods that go into a meal.”

Hunger and poverty often go hand in hand, which is why another group of volunteers hoped to address both issues by handing out lunch bags downtown.

Peter Gilmer is a part of the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry and said the group was also collecting signatures supporting a call for national poverty action plan.

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“Food security is really connected to income security and the need for a clear and comprehensive strategy from all levels of government to move towards the eradication of poverty,” Gilmer added.

Meantime, local author Catherine Verrall launched her cookbook, Every Bite Effects the World, on Thursday.

She hopes the book will encourage residents to question how their food gets from field to table.

“What we choose to eat, affects our own health, but it also the affects the soil, and the climate, and farmers.”

If you’re hoping to learn more and shop local, there’s now an app for that.

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation also launched their ‘Ethical Eating’ app for smart phones.

“It’s really easy to buy what’s convenient so we’re trying to make ethical options a bit more convenient.”