Pictured: Charlotte Greenshields, CANTERRA SEEDS; David Froh, Regina Food Bank; Roy Klym, RoLo Farms Ltd.
With inflation causing the cost of food to rise, food banks in Saskatchewan are being hit with a double whammy – fewer donors and a rise in those needing assistance.
“There is zero government support for Regina Food Bank or its Farm2Kitchen program. The two are funded solely by donations," says Roy Klym of RoLo Farms Ltd. “More people and organizations were seeking assistance during the pandemic and this financial crisis.”
This year alone, Regina Food Bank will be providing over 140,000 points of service to those in need.
Due to this surge in demand, Klym nominated Regina Food Bank for the Rooted in the Prairies Project and used his $2,500 donation in their Farm2Kitchen program.
Farm2Kitchen is a program through Regina Food Bank that partners with prairie food producers and agribusiness leaders to use homegrown oats to feed those in Saskatchewan who live with food insecurity.
“The program is supplying locally grown, processed and packaged quick oats that will go to food banks across Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” says Klym. “The oats are also being used in food assistance programs in some local schools and larger organizations such as the Salvation Army and many long-term care homes are assisted as well.”
This isn’t Klym’s first time supporting the Farm2Kitchen program. When the program began in 2021, Klym was instrumental in its launch, kickstarting it by supplying clean oats, processed by Avena and packaged by CanMar Grain, with a market value of $300,000.
CANTERRA SEEDS’ Rooted in the Prairies Project supports local non-profit organizations nominated by the agriculture community across Western Canada. Now in its second year, the project has more than doubled its investment with seventeen worthy causes across the Prairies selected for assistance this year.