Yukon Energy Food Security Network

The Yukon Energy Food Network is an initiative generously funded by Yukon Energy Corporation and coordinated by United Way Yukon, the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition and The Whitehorse Food Bank.

The past 12 months have clearly indicated that Food Security in the Yukon needs to be addressed with concrete action rather than further studies.  The response from the community to support people who are food insecure across the Territory has been nothing short of amazing.  That being said, the approach is not sustainable and we need to work together to find longer term solutions to the identified needs.  We recognize that supporting people and agencies in every community who know what they need to have a longer term solution to food insecurity, is the best way forward.

Phase 1

In order to help communites across the Yukon address their food security needs, we commissioned a report detailing what services and supports are currently in place in all Yukon communities.  The report, Food Security in Yukon: A Snapshot, will help guide our efforts.

 

This report includes:

Existing resources and barriers

Key contacts in each community

Potential champions in each community

Service provision in each community

Service gaps and recommendations for filling the gaps

Challenges to Yukon food security due to COVID-19

Phase 2

A Food Security Coordinator will work with champions and develop systems in communities based on the needs of each community.  The establishment of a collaborative food security network within each Yukon community, and across the Territory will be based on the recommendations from the Phase 1 report.  In the first year, the Coordinator will focus on three Yukon communities: Haines Junction, Mayo and Carmacks.  Other communities in the Yukon will of course be part of this network and we will work with all communities as we build this network.

Network Coordinator Hired!  Chris Pinkerton is the Yukon Energy Food Security Network Coodinator.  He can be reached at chris@foodnetworkyukon.ca or by phone at 867-689-9650

News and updates on what is happening with the Food Network will now be posted on the website www.foodnetworkyukon.ca