Cargill teams up with United Way to address immediate and long-term solution for food security in Winnipeg

New partnership to fight hunger in Winnipeg

Today, Cargill and United Way Winnipeg announce a partnership to help address the issue of food security in our community. Over the next three years, Cargill will invest $300,000 to establish a network of community organizations that offer food security programs, survey their greatest needs, identify gaps in services, and work to develop new innovative food security solutions. United Way Winnipeg will also contribute $300,000 to the initiative. 

Addressing food insecurity in Winnipeg.

Jeff Vassart, President of Cargill Limited Canada said “Cargill recognizes that food insecurity is a growing issue in Winnipeg and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many families are finding themselves in poverty and struggling to put food on their tables. Cargill is excited to contribute to the development of short, and long-term solutions to address this significant challenge. Partnerships like this bring to life Cargill’s purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.” 

When an individual or household is food insecure, they do not have consistent access to affordable food that is nutritious and culturally relevant.

Addressing food insecurity in Winnipeg.

In Manitoba, 14% of households experience food insecurity and 1 in 5 children are food insecure.*

Winnipeggers who experience food insecurity have worse health outcomes, and some groups are affected more than others. Hunger disproportionately impacts women, Indigenous people, and newcomers in Winnipeg. Food insecurity can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, as well as mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Children who grow up in food-insecure households are less likely to reach their full potential. Having access to regular, nutritious meals is crucial to a child’s brain development and success in school. 

“It is hard to see so many children and families in our city needing something as basic as food. We need innovative, sustainable solutions so no one in our city is hungry. We look forward to working closely with the Cargill team, front line agencies, and many partners to improve food security for Winnipeggers.” said United Way Winnipeg’s President and CEO, Connie Walker. 

Cargill and United Way Winnipeg will be working together with key stakeholders including Harvest Manitoba, the Winnipeg Food Council, Norwest Community Food Centre and other community-based organizations, as well as engaging in cross-sectoral approaches to improve food security for everyone in our city. 

“As the largest Community Food Network in Manitoba, we provide food, training and other supports to 80,000 Manitobans in 325 communities across the province”, said Meaghan Erbus, Senior Manager, Community Food Network and Advocacy at Harvest Manitoba. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with Cargill, United Way Winnipeg, and others toward food security for all Manitobans.”