Demystifying Food Politics: News from the Hill on poverty and food policy
With the launch of A Food Policy for Canada and a federal election on the horizon, there’s no better time to look back on what’s been done to advance policy around poverty reduction and food, and look forward to what may come next.
Join Community Food Centres Canada and policy experts from Maytree, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Food Secure Canada to navigate three key policies currently in play: the Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Healthy Eating Strategy, and A Food Policy for Canada. Find out what these policies entail, what their impact could be, and what the next government should do to build on these actions.
We’ll also delve into what you can do to keep food security on the federal agenda over the next four years.
Policy Analyst, Maytree
Hannah Aldridge provides research and analysis to further Maytree’s policy work. Her focus is on renewing the social contract, housing affordability, and income security. She has previously worked in local government, for a poverty think tank and in housing research in the U.K.
Manuel Arango, MA, MHA
Director, Policy, Advocacy & Engagement, Heart and Stroke Foundation
Manuel Arango is the Director of Policy, Advocacy & Engagement, for Heart & Stroke. Located in Ottawa, he oversees the Foundation’s policy, advocacy, and public/patient engagement efforts. Manuel also acts as a media spokesperson for the Foundation on a variety of policy issues.
Institutional Food Program Manager, Food Secure Canada
As the Institutional Food Program Manager Jennifer Reynolds will be working strategically with institutions and the supply chain to increase local, sustainable, healthy food on the public plate. Jennifer has over 15 years experience in working with farmers, organizations, and individuals to build relationships and champion the values of local food in order to create sustainable local food systems.
Policy Manager, Community Food Centres Canada
Sasha is the Policy Manager at Community Food Centres Canada, where she works on poverty reduction, food, and health policy. Sasha has worked at a variety of nonprofits, notably at Food Secure Canada, where she focused on school food advocacy and food policy governance. Sasha has been a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and co-chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council and was a founding Chair of the Food Secure Canada Youth Caucus.