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International Development Students and Alumnae Tackle Food Insecurity

A group of young women - many of whom are either current International Development (ID) students or program graduates - are running GlobalMedic’s domestic food security initiative, McAntony’s Menu.

What began as an internship opportunity for current ID students turned into full-time emergency programs officer contract positions to spearhead the initiative out of Humber.

McAntony’s Menu mobilizes volunteers and GlobalMedic's existing supply chains to create 500g bags of pantry staples (eg rice, lentils, beans, etc.) with food from large 50lb bags. After the bags are created, they are boxed up and delivered to food banks as well as other programs. This method allows GlobalMedic to provide food to families for less than a third to a quarter of the retail price.

Much of the initiative's impact was in response to COVID-19. The Daily Bread Food Bank says programs like these are needed much more now than ever before as they are experiencing a spike in demand.

Since March, 550,000 lbs of dried goods have been packed.

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International Development students portioning and packaging food

Watch the video on 680 News to learn more about McAntony’s Menu.