Lunch and Learn - Addressing food security in Edmonton during the pandemic: Lessons learned from the front lines

Date & Time
Virtual (Edmonton)
Organized by
Edmonton Social Planning Council

This Lunch & Learn is on food security in Edmonton in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With public health measures closing much of Canada's economy in March 2020, the rise in unemployment saw food bank use dramatically increase as a result of growing food insecurity. At the same time, supplies were scarce and meeting this demand became a challenge. Nevertheless, creative solutions were utilized to meet this demand. This includes measures such as food rescue (i.e. diverting food supplies that would have otherwise gone to waste) and increasing the use of fresh produce grown from community gardens. For this Lunch and Learn presentation, representatives from a number of local organizations (including those who serve newcomer and multicultural communities) will share their experiences and the lessons learned during this pandemic, with an eye towards long-term planning to address food insecurity.


  • Marjorie Bencz, Edmonton's Food Bank
  • Cory Rianson, Campus Food Bank
  • Garnet Borch, Leftovers Rescue Food Edmonton
  • Reshma Sirajee and Kabir Nadkarni, alumni of Peter Lougheed Leadership College
  • Omar Yaqub, Islamic Family & Social Services Assocation
  • Julia Tran, Multicultural Health Brokers Co-Operative