A community food assessment is about bringing together people and organizations to look at a broad range of food-related resources and concerns in order to give direction to actions that will improve food security in the community. To start this process twelve people from diverse background came together to form the La Ronge Community Food Network. This group set the direction of this assessment by sharing their knowledge of the community and providing information, contacts and other resources that contributed to this document, the accompanying Food Assets resource, and the resulting action plan.
In addition to the La Ronge Community Food Network, over fifty people, with representatives from each of the communities (La Ronge, Air Ronge and Lac La Ronge Indian Band), were consulted and shared their knowledge about local assets and their concerns about food security. While this process of consultation could have continued for much longer, at some point it was necessary to stop and share the information gathered. Many of the topics came up repeatedly in the consultation and these are reflected in the information presented throughout this environmental scan and the community priorities. In the community priorities and action plan you will find the four priority action areas that were identified through community consultation. It is the hope that action in these areas will address some of the current concerns in the community.
The La Ronge Community Food Assessment and Food Assets resource are available on the Food Secure Saskatchewan website.