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Fred Says

A food security campaign archive

We live in a world where 1 in 9 people don’t have enough to eat. The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz – the “Fred” behind Fred Says — together with The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund wants Canadians to know that when it comes to development work, it all starts with food.

So began a three-year education and advocacy campaign for food security that ran from 2014-2017.

Fred Says – the 5 A’s of Food Security

During Year 3 of the Fred Says Food Security Campaign, we are digging deeper to broaden our understanding of food security and food sovereignty. There are 5 basic principles of food security, which we like to call the 5 A’s. They help to educate people on the complexities and the simplicities that are involved in addressing the barriers to food that exist for many people in today’s world.

People experience food security when their food needs meet the following criteria:

Availability: Food is available to people at all times
Article: Madre Tierra in Guatemala
Fred Says Video “Availability”

Accessibility: People have economic and physical access to food
Article: EHALE in Mozambique
Fred Says Video “Accessibility”

Acceptability: Food is culturally acceptable
Article: UBINIG in Bangladesh
Fred Says Video “Acceptability”

Appropriate: Food is nutritious-free from harmful chemicals
Article: The Episcopal Church in Cuba
Fred Says Video “Appropriate”

Agency: People are able to influence policies and processes that affect their lives
Article: SFPTC in Philippines
Fred Says Video “Agency”

In our five videos, Fred takes us to PWRDF partners and projects to look at the impacts that available, accessible, acceptable and appropriate food sources are making in people’s diets and on their health. Learn how important it is to have a voice and the ability to affect change to policies around food security and land ownership.

Fred Says Toolkit

We’ve developed exciting and informative toolkits to make it easy for you to share the Fred Says message: it all starts with food. You can take action with PWRDF by downloading a toolkit and hosting your own events in Church, in the community and even in your own home! The toolkit is meant to be downloaded, shared and passed along. You can find photos and logos for all the Fredisms on the PWRDF Flickr site.  If you have any questions or ideas for other materials to help you bring Fred Says to your friends and families, please let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

Download the 2016 Fred Says toolkit.

Toolkit Includes:

  • a Fred Says fact sheet
  • a poster you can print at home
  • a donations sheet
  • 6 Questions about Fred Says (with answers)
  • a sample sermon
  • Fred Says Letterhead
  • Fred Says notecards (and instructions on how to print them)
  • Conversation starters
  • Fred Says stickers you can print at home

Food security is an important part of the work of PWRDF. For vulnerable people and communities, Fred Says, “It all starts with food”: education, health, the ability to work and to provide food for life”. Please join us as we continue to learn and to support PWRDF partners.

For information on the campaign, please contact Christine Hills.