October 7,

Food For Kids Honours Minute Maid for 19 Years of Supporting Healthy Students

October 6, 2015 – Donations Make a Difference to Local Student Nutrition Programs

Minute Maid staff was on hand this morning at St. John Catholic Elementary school serving food to students at the breakfast program.  The special event recognized Minute Maid, who has been supplying our local breakfast programs in Peterborough and County with free, 100% orange juice, since 1996.

“Minute Maid’s ongoing generous donation of juice contributes cost savings to 34 of our local schools.” said Angela Fuchs, Student Nutrition Program Coordinator with Food for Kids Peterborough and County.  School breakfast programs are invited to pick-up a free case of orange juice every month.  “Donations of food and supplies allow programs to spend their precious funding dollars on healthy foods like cheese, fruits and vegetables.”

Minute Maid is one of over 120 generous businesses, grocers, organizations, schools, and community groups and members who support Food for Kids programs with financial and in-kind donations. Student breakfast programs invite all students to access healthy food, which allow them to attend school well-nourished and ready to learn.  In the 2014-2015 school year, 17, 638 students enjoyed almost 2.4 million meals locally through local breakfast programs. Food for Kids is grateful to all who donate food, funding, supplies, space and volunteer time to make our programs a success!

Programs are partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, and Breakfast for Learning through the Peterborough Family Resource Centre, as well as from generous donations from the community.  To make a donation, visit our website www.pcchu.ca/ffk.



For further information, please contact:

Luisa Magalhaes, MHSc, RD                                                         Angela Fuchs

Public Health Nutritionist                                                              Student Nutrition Program Coordinator

Peterborough County-City Health Unit                                  Food For Kids Peterborough and County

705-743-1000, ext. 233                                                                  angela.fuchs@snpce.ca

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New Report Shows Food Insecurity a Growing Concern for Peterborough

October 6, 2015 – Researchers Say Now is the Time for New Approaches

A new report entitled Food Access, Housing Security and Community Connections: A Case Study of Peterborough, Ontario was released today by Carleton and Trent University academics, in association with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The report Screen Shot 10-06-15 at 09.32 AMconcludes that the community of Peterborough is doing many things right when it comes to addressing food insecurity and housing insecurity, but that the issues are not going away and may even be getting worse. It argues that it is time for some new, cross-cutting, approaches.   

“Peterborough was chosen for this study because it faces challenges when it comes to both food insecurity and housing insecurity,” said Dr. Peter Andrée of Carleton University and lead author of the report.  “Despite this, Peterborough is home to a vibrant collection of community-based initiatives working to address these issues alongside City and County governments.”

The report identifies household food insecurity as a growing issue in Peterborough City and County.  Food insecurity research shows that 11.5% of households in the City and County of Peterborough are food insecure, an increase from the 10% reported in 2013.  In 2011, 26% of households (including 48% of rental households) in Peterborough paid at least 30% of their income on housing (Statistics Canada, 2014). Because of insufficient affordable housing and low average wages, renters earning the average Peterborough wage of $18/hour had to work longer than in any other Canadian city to cover the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment.

“When people are forced to choose between food and shelter, housing is often paid for first, leaving families hungry at the end of the month,” noted Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health and Chair of the Peterborough Food Action Network. “Clearly, the common denominator between the issues of food access and housing insecurity is insufficient income to make ends meet”.

The report concludes that all levels of government need to take the issue of income security much more seriously. It is time to take action on Living Wage and social assistance rates, and explore the potential of a Basic Income Guarantee.

The full report is available at: http://legacy.wlu.ca/docsnpubs_detail.php?grp_id=13686&doc_id=62514 .



For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence                                                                                            Dr. Peter Andrée

Communications Supervisor                                                                           Carleton University

705-743-1000, ext. 391                                                                                   613-520-2600, ext. 1953

bcadence@pcchu.ca                                                                                       Peter.Andree@carleton.ca



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Chew on This: The Cost of Food Insecurity

September 30, 2015 – Nourish is launching its Food Series with a talk by Dr. Valerie Tarasuk titled Chew on This:  The Cost of Food Insecurity.

In Peterborough, 1 in 4 households with children under 18 years of age experience food insecurity.

People with severe food insecurity have double the health care costs.


Limited Incomes are the root cause of poverty.


Tuesday October 6, 2015 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Peterborough Lions Centre, 347 Burnham Street.

Join us in marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and World Food Day 2015 with this engaging discussion on the true cost of food insecurity in our region.


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Health Unit Unveils Plans for Public Health Services at Jackson Square  

September 25, 2015 – Medical Officer of Health and PCCHU Staff Excited for Health Unit to Join Downtown Community in November

Screen Shot 09-25-15 at 10.59 AMToday officials from the Peterborough County-City Health Unit announced the details of their plans to bring public health services and programs downtown when it moves into the first three floors of Jackson Square at 185 King St. in November 2015.

“Residents will also find it much easier to use our programs and services in one central location, and enjoy the convenience of accessing other health and social services nearby,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health.  “Joining the downtown core also brings attention to the important role public health plays in building stronger communities and neighbourhoods through partnership, innovation, advocacy, and action.”

Starting this November, all programs and services currently delivered at the Health Unit’s Hospital Dr. and O’Carroll Ave. locations will move to Jackson Square. The Health Unit’s Community Dental Health Centre remains located nearby at Peterborough Square on George Street.  In addition to the many health promotion, inspection and policy planning activities, the following front-line services will be offered at Jackson Square:

  • Sexual health clinic
  • Routine immunization clinic
  • Travel health clinic
  • Vaccine records and immunization consultation
  • Vaccine pick up for healthcare providers
  • Prenatal classes
  • Nutrition workshops
  • Food handler training courses
  • Septic/sewage disposal permits
  • Quitting smoking information
  • Health hazards complaints and inquiries

On hand were a number of local dignitaries, including MPP Jeff Leal whose stalwart efforts at the provincial level ensured the success of the Health Unit’s move.  “I want to take the opportunity to thank the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, the County of Peterborough, the City of Peterborough and AON Inc. as partners in this project. We have been working cooperatively over the past number of years to achieve this result. This announcement will bring important County and City Health Services to the downtown core of Peterborough.”

The Health Unit financed the move by successfully negotiating additional one-time funding of $1,798,300 from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and by selling its property at 10 Hospital Drive. The Health Unit’s municipal stakeholders, including the City and County of Peterborough, and Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations, also contributed a total of $599,433 in one-time funding towards the new building space.  The MOHLTC and municipal stakeholders also agreed to increase the Health Unit’s annual operating costs to accommodate payments on a $3.5 million mortgage, a loan backed by the City and County of Peterborough.

Renovations at Jackson Square are well underway to create the office spaces and meeting rooms.  A new feature of the Health Unit’s building not funded by government sources will be the creation of a commercial-quality Community Kitchen on the second floor. A fundraising campaign to develop this unique facility will be launched in the coming weeks.  The Health Unit is planning to host a Community Open House in the Spring of 2016 to provide local residents and partners a chance to tour the new facilities.



For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext. 391



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Expectant Parents Invited to Attend Free Prenatal Health Fair on September 28  

September 23, 2015 – Expert Prenatal Advice and Newborn Parenting Tips!

Expectant parents and their families are invited to a fun and informative night out to attend the Prenatal Health Fair hosted by the Peterborough County-City Health Unit at the Holiday Inn on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This FREE must–attend evening of resource support and information on “everything pregnancy and baby” is open to anyone with an interest in learning about hScreen Shot 09-23-15 at 10.59 AMow best to prepare for having a baby, and about the supports available in the Peterborough area.  The Prenatal Health Fair features interactive displays and demonstrations on a wide variety of topics such as nutrition for baby and mom, becoming a parent, baby’s development, and much more.

Car seat experts from the newly-formed Peterborough and Area Car Seat Committee will share tips and answer questions about how to safely buckle up your baby, a massage therapist will demonstrate infant massage techniques, a chiropractor will recommend ways to prevent back pain in pregnancy and hospital staff will share the many ways they provide support to get breastfeeding off to a good start.  Fathers-to-be won’t want to miss trying on the “Empathy Belly” and visiting the fathering display.  You might even win the door prize!

For more details, please call Kris Hazlitt at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit at (705) 743-1000, ext. 254.


For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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