On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC) at Mount Saint Vincent University, together with the Nova Scotia Food Security Network and other community partners, will release a report detailing challenges and opportunities in food security in Nova Scotia, based on its most robust data set at the community level to date.


Making Food Matter: Strategies for Activating Change Together reports on the most thorough community-level analysis of food security challenges and opportunities ever undertaken in Nova Scotia. It is the result of five years of research involving hundreds of individuals in communities, universities and organizations across Nova Scotia and Canada dedicated to strengthening community food security in our province and beyond.

The report also identifies opportunities emerging in Nova Scotia as timely for action to improve food access and strengthen local food systems.


11 a.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014 (refreshments starting at 10:30 a.m.)


St. Paul’s Family Resources Institute, Lower Level, 173 Old Sambro Road, Spryfield


Marjorie Willison, Chebucto Connections
Dr. Patty Williams, Director, FoodARC, Mount Saint Vincent University
Dr. Rob Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for Nova Scotia

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca).

About FoodARC

The Food Action Research Centre (or FoodARC) is a research centre at Mount Saint Vincent University committed to research and action to build food security in Nova Scotia and beyond. FoodARC’s projects and activities are grounded in four pillars: research, building capacity, sharing knowledge, and advocacy and policy change.

Associated with the Department of Applied Human Nutrition, FoodARC continues the strong Mount tradition of research and community-engaged scholarship in supporting social responsibility, the advancement of women, and preparing students for global citizenship. www.foodarc.ca

About Mount Saint Vincent University

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. The Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development. www.msvu.ca

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Gillian Batten
Manager, Communications
Mount Saint Vincent University