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Canadian food banks turn to farming amid declining donations

February 15, 2017 - Aquaculture News, News-NorthAmerica
Canadian food banks turn to farming amid declining donations

In a bid to make up for a shortfall of high-quality nutritious food, some Canadian food banks are growing their own produceand even farming fish.

The Mississauga Food Bank recently launched AquaGrow Farms, where tilapia is being raised in tanks and lettuce is raised through hydroponics, or without soil. Executive director Christopher Hatch said the Ontario food bank is the first in Canada to be producing its own fish.

“It’s not a complete solution, but it’s certainly in the right direction and it shows the community we’re thinking creatively about how to solve this problem,” said Hatch. There were just under 90,000 visits to food banks last year in Mississauga, Canada’s sixth largest city with a population of about 720,000.

Donations of fresh food have been declining and higher food costs make it tougher to stretch donated cash.

Full Story at The Globe And Mail