Entries by CAPRA

Central Alberta: where are we now and where are we headed?

The Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta has, for the past several months, been conducting a Community Needs Assessment (CNA), in an effort to learn about the current and potential needs of the Central Alberta region. While this needs assessment will help The Cupboard project demand for its services and thus effectively plan for its future, the board […]

Food Waste Reduction

Did you know that $31 billion dollars worth of food is wasted in Canada annually? Over 40% of this waste comes directly from our very on pantries, costing each of us an average of $28 per week. With 1 in 10 houses in Alberta facing food security issues, environmental concerns on the rise and the […]

Integrated Housing and Supports Delivery Model Summit

On September 19th and 20th, the City of Red Deer organized a two-day community “summit”, to talk about housing, and the 5 Year plan to end homelessness. Held at the Pidherney Centre, key community stakeholders and representatives from all levels of government met to have intensive conversation about housing for city’s vulnerable. Here is a […]

Truth and Reconciliation Summit

On October 29th there will be a Truth and Reconciliation Summit at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Though the event is only open to local residents, they will be live streaming this event. Click here to watch the live steam The Truth and Reconciliation is a component of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. […]

Adverse Childhood Experiences

CAPRA has talked a lot about how child poverty impacts brain development. We’ve also talked about the correlation between childhood trauma and poverty. There are additional elements to the relationship between childhood trauma and poverty. Up to two-thirds of children report having adverse childhood experiences. Those experiences can lead to later health issues and even […]

On food insecurity and health

The story of Lola Lathon is, unfortunately, a familiar one: a woman whose meagre wages prevent her from accessing good-quality food, and force her to turn to food banks for support. In a June New York Times article, the Houston-based mother described how she has to skip meals to afford the gas to get to […]

Seed packets encourage local growth

The CAPRA Food Security Action Team has had a busy spring, handing out seed packets to encourage local food growth. As urbanization continues to rise, many people have lost touch with where their food comes from. The Food Security committee wanted to offer Central Albertans the opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction of growing […]

The Dignity of Shopping

Gaining popularity across Canada is a new way of ensuring that people have access to the food they need: gift cards.   A movement that began in Woodstock, Ontario is now being explored by many communities (including some right here in  Central Alberta!), wherein clients are given gift cards to spend on non-taxable items rather than receiving a […]

Books on the Bus is a Hit!

Everyone loves Books on the Bus! This unique program, a collaboration of CAPRA, Red Deer Transit, Red Deer and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Red Deer Public Library, and Cosmos, connects Red Deer Transit riders with free reading material to enjoy during their commute, on their lunch break or anytime. Books for all ages […]

Poverty Reduction Around the Region

In the first half of 2016 (and can you believe we’re already entering the 2nd?!), CAPRA worked with local community stakeholders in various municipalities around Red Deer to have community conversations about poverty and poverty reduction. The idea was to look at the unique local issues and challenges, identify work already being done in the […]