When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, he saw in fighting hunger a way to ground himself and keep busy during this time. With his friend Becky Flowers and his kids by his side, he spent the spring and summer building a test greenhouse in Edmonton. After a good start, he began looking for larger facilities in central Alberta in order to fill the food bank gap in more rural communities. A few months and a lot of cold nights spent in a tent to raise funds later, Rock Soup was opening its doors on Christmas eve, providing food for 77 families just the first night.
This is Craig Haavaldsen. He used to work with the public in his social services career and he noticed how many would go without food, often for the whole day. He also did research for a work project on the social determinants of health, and he realized that it would be impossible for the typically bi-weekly hampers of food banks to give the recommended amount of fresh food for families in need. And what's more, that access to this basic supplies in the current system means going through a timely and invasive process.
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Just like in the Rock Soup folk story, it's not the stone that performs the magic. It is all of us
We fight hunger
removing institutional, cultural and systemic barriers.
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