The Regina CFA has recently partnered with the United Way of Regina. The United Way is providing funding for the continuation of the project and will be an active partner in upcoming endeavours.
Regina’s CFA began through a dynamic partnership of local community-based organizations, farmers, nutritionists, activists, and academics including the following that are currently represented on the Community Food Systems Steering Committee (CFSSC) and have each contributed significant resources to the CFA’s start-up phase:
Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger (REACH) contributed funds to contract a short-term Project Coordinator to see the project through its start-up phase. In addition, REACH has contributed the time of its Executive Director (Dana Folkersen) and Outreach Coordinator (Shanon Zachidniak) on the CFA Steering Committee.
The University of Regina’s Community Research Unit (CRU) provided funding towards the project’s initial background research (Environmental Scan). Along with this financial contribution, the CRU contributed the time of two faculty co-advisors to supervise the research, professors Annette Desmarais (U of R) and Dawn Marsden (FNUC).
First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) provided funding for the CFA’s initial background research, making it possible to devote resources specifically towards an analysis of the Indigenous Community Food System.
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is represented on the CFSSC by Public Health Nutritionist Tracy Sanden. In addition to committing significant staff time to the project during the start-up phase, RQHR is contributing funding towards public engagement.
The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) has provided funding towards the project and is represented on the CFSSC by the organization’s Executive Director, Naomi Beingessner.
The following community organizations are also currently represented on the CFSSC, and have helped to make the start-up phase of the project possible:
A primary objective of the CFA process is to build strong, strategic relationships between key organizations, businesses, and individuals working for community food security in Regina.