PREGNANCY FOOD CONNECTIONS

Pregnancy Food Connections aims to increase access to nutritious foods during pregnancy to help achieve the healthiest mothers and babies possible. Since 2012, the initiative has enabled Cowichan’s pregnancy support program to provide participants with beef, eggs, and/or legumes for the duration of their pregnancies. Iron-rich foods such as meat and eggs nourish growing brains and help mothers maintain healthy iron levels. Nutritious DSC_0624foods are vital to babies’ healthy growth and development, and mothers’ health and well-being. As part of the initiative, participants are also offered nutrition and food skill education tailored to individual needs.
Pregnancy Food Connections began with the recognition of high anemia rates among participants of Cowichan’s
pregnancy support program. To increase awareness about anemia prevention involved practitioners began to raise funds to supplement participants’ diets with iron-rich foods. With the help of local community funders, the Duncan Rotary Club and Cowichan Success by 6, the program has successfully worked towards a host of beneficial health outcomes.

Pregnancy Food Connections is supported by a network of community partners including the Cowichan Green Community, Margaret Moss Health Centre, Healthiest Babies Possible, Duncan Butcher Shop and the Cowichan Food Security Coalition.

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How Can I Get Involved?

The Cowichan Green Community Foundation is a registered non profit that relies on the hard work and generosity of volunteers and donors. If you would like to contribute, consider donating either time or money. Volunteers are needed throughout the year, please apply here.

Members of the Cowichan Green Community Foundation receive discounts on select events and workshops, voting rights at our Annual General Meetings, and empower the Foundation to create engaging and supportive initiatives, workshops, and demonstration sites throughout the Cowichan Region.