PEC – September 5, 2017 -- The County Foundation (TCF) has received a $29,966 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), which together with a $7,500 donation from a private donor, will support the work of the Vital Signs Food Security Collective on a collaborative project to develop an integrated strategy for addressing food insecurity in Prince Edward County (PEC.)

 

Over 20 local organizations and a number of dedicated community members have been working together on a number of projects since the publication of our 2013 Vital Signs report. Notwithstanding their significant progress, as outlined in our 2015 Progress Report, food insecurity has continued to increase in our region. The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2014 data shows that 11.5% of residents in Hastings and Prince Edward County experienced some level of food insecurity (Ontario 8.3%.) This equates to approximately 2,500 people in PEC, and the percentage of the population places the community 5th highest among the regions across Ontario. The multi-faceted nature of the issue makes it complex, and with this funding the Collective will seek to develop systems-based solutions to address underlying root causes.

 

The grant to TCF is one of 11 Collective Impact grants awarded in Ontario by the OTF in its current funding cycle. While some grants are province-wide, TCF grant is one of two grants to the Quinte, Kingston, Rideau area.

 

Rather than attempting to bring about large-scale social change through the isolated efforts of individual organizations, Collective Impact provides a framework for organizations and people to work together in a different way in pursuit of a clearly defined common goal and using shared measurement tools. Issues suited to the Collective Impact approach are those that are not easy to resolve, have persisted over time, and cannot be solved in isolation. The OTF created the Collective Impact investment stream to financially support organizations ready to work with others to tackle complex intractable societal problems in a concerted way.

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For more information:

Brian Beiles, President, The County Foundation

info@countycommunityfoundation.ca

613-746-7901, ext 218