ICYMI: Response to BC floods, Saskatchewan Health Authority's Indigenous food programs, and more

Here are five food stories you might have missed this week

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Although this past week has produced more than its share of tumultuous news stories, the resilience of Candians never ceases to shine through.

From the inspirational efforts from Surrey’s Dukh Nivaran Sahib Gurdwara to produce thousands of meals for B.C. residents affected by the province’s recent floods to Saskatchewan chef Jenni Lessard implementing Indigenous cooking into meal programs for Saskatoon hospitals, here are five stories in Canadian food news that you might have missed this week.

Surrey’s Sikh community cooks thousands of meals for BC residents affected by flooding

In the ongoing aftermath of the unprecedented flooding that recently took place in B.C., volunteers from Surrey’s Dukh Nivaran Sahib Gurdwara have been rallying together to provide an incredible 3,000 meals a day for those who have needed it most.

Find the full story along with how to support relief efforts at CTV News.

BC Trucking Association urges residents to refrain from panic buying


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Following reports of impending food shortages due to the closures of several transportation routes across southern B.C., many residents from throughout the province have recently resorted to panic buying at grocery stores.

This week, the BC Trucking Association issued a plea for patience and insisted that there is no need to panic as items can be rerouted through Alberta and the U.S. 

Find out more at Global News.

Chef Jenni Lessard spearheads Indigenous-focused meal programs at Saskatoon hospitals

For the past year or so, celebrated chef Jenni Lessard has been at the helm of a new culinary program that has been implementing Indigenous culture and cuisine into the food menus at hospitals throughout Saskatchewan. 

Although the Advancing Cultural Humility Through Food program is still in its infancy, the Saskatchewan Health Authority says the feedback from Indeginous patients has been hugely positive. 

Head to The Globe and Mail for more. 

$600-million Pea processing plant opens in Manitoba

A $600-million pea-processing plant celebrated its grand opening outside Portage la Prairie in Manitoba this week alongside celebrity astronaut Chris Hadfield and chef Michael Smith. The facility is equipped to produce pea protein for food and sports nutrition products, along with food-grade starches and components like pea cream for animal feed.

Get the full breakdown from CBC News.


Regulatory change permits alcohol delivery in Saskatchewan

Beginning this upcoming Monday, restaurants in Saskatchewan that hold a valid liquor permit will be able to provide beer, wine, mixed cocktails, and growlers through delivery or takeout without having to apply a separate permit. 

Visit CBC News for more information.