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Andrew MacDonald

Kingston’s LionHearts: Fighting food insecurity effectively, efficiently, and with a smile

Last Friday, July 14th, the CDC Quinte team had the pleasure of taking a field trip to Kingston to visit three outstanding organizations that contribute to food security in Kingston and beyond: Lionhearts Inc., The Loving Spoonful, and Tony Deodato and Sons Limited. All blew us away with their amazing work.  I’m going to take the next three weeks to share about each of these great organizations individually. This week, we’ll start with Lionhearts. The slogan of Lionhearts Inc. is simple, “No Hunger, No Waste”, but their work is complex and multi-faceted - many programs, many volunteers, many moving parts....

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Andrew MacDonald

What is Social Planning and Why is it Important?

The goal of social planning is to strengthen communities and build pathways to well-being for all citizens.  Creating community well-being is about learning how to live together in a way that gives everyone the opportunity to develop their full potential. Like any other type of planning, the process includes identifying goals and making a plan to achieve those goals. As the old adage goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Building strong communities is no different. According to the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia, “Community social planning is a local, democratic system for setting...

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Andrew MacDonald

We All Deserve To Eat

Here in Belleville, there is a campaign underway: “We All Deserve To Eat”.  It offers a simple message, while aiming to address a very complex set of issues. Food.  A simple pleasure for some… a life-threatening struggle for others.  It’s one of the most basic necessities of our lives, yet all too often, issues surrounding food go unnoticed, undiscussed.  We all need to eat.  We all deserve to eat.   There is nearly nothing else that touches so many aspects of our world.  Food keeps us alive and healthy.  It can heal us of many ailments and connect us to one...

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