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Food Security Initiatives Highlighted at Lakehead University: Second Annual Food Security Forum

(March 4, 2008, Thunder Bay, Ontario) The Food Security Research Network (FSRN) at Lakehead University is holding its Second Annual Food Security Forum on March 6, 2008 starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Agora. FSRN addresses food security issues that affect Northern Ontario residents.  

This year the Food Security Forum features local winter food, interactive displays, student and faculty presentations, short films, a community food panel and a feature film in the evening.  

As part of engaging the university community in food security initiatives, this year’s forum will be interactive, and will feature demonstrations as well as highlight partnerships between the University and the Thunder Bay community. In addition, students from Churchill High School will be present, demonstrating their class project on Wheat Grass Juicing. The evening will highlight local food security initiatives with a panel of community speakers, and then show the film ‘Banana Split’ by Lakehead University Professor Ron Harpelle.  

Food Security is a growing issue that is receiving increased attention in Thunder Bay. From nutritious breakfast programs in schools to innovative agricultural opportunities, organizations in Thunder Bay are seeking to improve the food security situation of all Thunder Bay and area residents.  

The Food Security Research Network focuses on developing Community Service Learning opportunities for both students and the community. Community Service Learning (CSL) is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Since its inception in 2006, the Food Security Research Network has involved hundreds of students, multiple faculties, and numerous community partners in addressing food security issues that affect Northern Ontario.  

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Media:  Erin Beagle and Dr. Doug West are available for interview.  Please contact them at
807- 343-8447 and 807-768-7827 respectively. For additional information, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, Lakehead University, 807-343-8177, commun@lakeheadu.ca; or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications, Lakehead University, 807-343-8372,eabaya@lakeheadu.ca.

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 8,000 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca

Last updated March 04, 2008

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