The Antigonish Food Security Association brought members of the community around a stir-fry lunch to stir up ideas about food security on September 29, 2019 at the St-James United Church Hall.
They welcomed close to 45 participants from various backgrounds, including St. Francis Xavier University students, community members, and people with lived experience of food insecurity. The discussions and questions were mainly on poverty and food security issues related to climate change, but many other topics were brought to the table. With this relationship-building event, people were able to put faces to names and get a good sense of the candidates in their riding.
Karen MacKinnon, Public Health Nutritionist at the Antigonish Food Security Association, underlined the importance of this event for the organisation, “We need the politicians to know who we are, especially once they get elected.” She adds “We have an ongoing relationship with the MP that got elected in 2015 because of ETV.”
The candidates that were present at the lunch were: Sean Fraser (Liberal), Chris Frazer (Communist), Betsy MacDonald (NDP), Barry Randle (Green).