Family Resource Centre takes on providing food security and nutrition information for families with young children in Kamsack

The Kamsack Family Resource Centre (KFRC), a SIGN program which serves the community northeast of Yorkton, is undertaking a two-pronged food security and nutrition program starting in June.

There is no food bank in the community, so Kamsack Family Food Security will provide some of the basic food needs of families who have an emergency situation. The second program, Kamsack Family Meal Kits, aims to improve nutrition for families by teaching how to prepare and cook healthy meals that will encourage long-term healthy eating habits.

The two programs are open to families with a physical Kamsack address who have children age 10 and under. They will continue until funding runs out. KFRC hopes to also receive donations of food from local businesses which may extend the length or scope of the program.

Among the first businesses to sign on was Grain Millers, a large oat processing plant in Yorkton. In the photo above, Andrea Verigin (left) of KFRC received 100 lbs of organic rolled oats from Radell Audette of Grain Millers. Jay's Transport donated boxes for the meal kits, and the Town of Kamsack is providing additional space for KFRC to store and handle the food.

More information about both programs, as well as the sign-up form for the Meal Kits program, can be found on the SIGN website at www.signyorkton.ca.

Both programs are made possible by a grant from the federal Emergency Food Security Fund, administered by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. The fund has provided $200 million for projects across Canada in the past year as part of Covid-19 assistance measures. The Kamsack programs were approved through Second Harvest, a national food rescue organization (www.secondharvest.ca).

This is Sexual Violence Awareness Week

The week of May 17 to 21, 2021 is Sexual Violence Awareness Week in Saskatchewan. It aims to raise public awareness for sexual violence by providing educational opportunities and informational resources through campaign efforts.

This year’s campaign, Champions for Children, focuses on creating a culture of belief around child sexual abuse in Saskatchewan. Watch our social media (@signyorkton) and follow @sass.sask for details about online events and webinars.

Videos and lots of information of interest to parents can also be found on the Sexual Assault Counselling page on SIGN's website.

The evolving Covid-related precautions

As Saskatchewan restrictions and advisories change over the next few months as expected under the provincial government's three-phase re-opening plan, SIGN will examine the precautions it has in place related to in-person contacts and gatherings. While we welcome plans to relax provincial regulations, our primary focus will continue to be on the safety and health of our clients and our staff. Please keep up-to-date by checking our website and social media.

Coming up...

  • SIGN's annual general meeting will again be virtual this year, and is tentatively scheduled for the evening of June 23. Watch for details at www.signyorkton.ca.
  • Keep an eye out for exciting news about changes to walk-in / call-in counselling provided by agencies across the province. Changes are coming and will be announced early in June.