CORNER BROOK — This summer, two Lakehead University students (and guests) cycle coast to coast across Canada, co-operatively organizing 22 food drives along a 10,000 km route.
On Thursday, the team will host a food drive in Corner Brook for The Food Bank Network of the Bay of Islands.
Under the name FoodRide, the team strives to raise more than $100,000 in food and monetary donations for Canadian food banks. Donations will be distributed between community and campus food banks in the cities hosting the drives.
“We aim to create an open dialogue around food security,” explains FoodRide cyclist Adrian Arts. “Food banks were created as a temporary emergency service in the early 80s and are now a daily necessity to a growing population. As a country we need to re-evaluate how we feed ourselves and where that food comes from.”
The journey began April 25 in Victoria, BC, and ends with a final food drive in St. John’s on Sept. 8.
Approximately 900,000 Canadians relied on access to food banks in an average month in 2011, according to the recent Food Banks Canada report: Hunger Count 2012. Findings of the UN’s Human Rights Councils report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food (in Canada) suggest that many Canadians report being hungry, but not eating due to lack of financial means.
The report states that the growing inadequacy of access to safe healthful food in many parts of Canada brings into question the foundations of Canada’s food security and the path the country is heading.
The team brings action to the issue by co-operatively organizing food drives with community and campus food banks in every province. Although FoodRide will not cycle through the territories, online donations to the cause will be shared with food banks in the territories’ capitals.