New enterprise tackling hunger, while creating opportunities for vulnerable populations

A new social enterprise is working to reduce hunger across Canada by helping communities bolster local food production and economic opportunity.

Sustainable Food Security (SFS) offers guidance, infrastructure, and support in securing funding to partners ready to improve access to fresh food among vulnerable populations.

“Financial, geographic, and knowledge barriers put food, especially healthy food, out of reach for millions of Canadians,” said Raygan Solotki, founder of the female-led social enterprise. “Local food production is gaining traction as a viable solution with positive spin-offs. I am proud to be part of the food security revolution.”

Raygan Solotki (left) advocates for local food production to solve hunger. She has been traveling across the country, mentoring and training communities on local food production methods. – Submitted photo

After working in food security for nearly a decade, Solotki is a renowned national voice within the movement. She has appeared in documentaries, on CBC and APTN National News, and in the pages of The Globe and Mail and Edmonton Journal, among other publications.

In previous roles, Solotki managed a remote community greenhouse, operated an education program for far-northern food growers, and facilitated major food security projects in nearly 20 Canadian communities.

With SFS, Solotki assists partners in advancing projects within a range of budgets. She offers large multi-season greenhouses, hydroponic units, meat production and processing facilities, adaptable kitchens, and food storage units. She also provides educational workshops and support in securing grant funding, which paid for most of her previous projects.

“From the remote reaches of Nunavut to the urban neighbourhoods of Toronto, communities want to pursue local food solutions but often don’t know where to start,” said Solotki. “My experience informs my services to ensure the right fit for everyone.”

Local food production is proven to reduce hunger and improve community-level health. Solotki noted there are also economic benefits, as projects create local jobs and foster skills among community members. 

 Solotki is eager to work with any community or service provider in need, from municipalities and Indigenous bands to schools, food banks, homeless shelters, and private ventures. She is currently in the midst of a food security project with a First Nations community in BC.