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Maple Leaf Centre for Food Security awards three new scholarships


Maple Leaf Foods and the Maple Leaf Centre for Food Security have awarded three new scholarships in food security, with nine scholarships funded to date.

Doctoral candidate Aida Bahramian from the University of Ottawa, doctoral candidate Allison MacNeil from McGill University, and masters candidate Atlanta-Marinna Grant from the University of British Columbia will each receive a $15,000 scholarship to support their research.

Bahramian’s research will examine the resources and services needed to improve nutrition, food security, and physical and mental health for French-speaking pregnant women; MacNeil’s research will assess the relationship between food insecurity, adolescent mental health and interpersonal relationships; and Grant’s work will explore the connection between Indigenous knowledge and food sovereignty in Indigenous communities.

These scholarships honour the contributions of David Emerson, Wallace McCain, and Purdy Crawford as past chairs of the Maple Leaf Foods board of directors. Each year, the Centre awards three scholarships to masters or doctoral students who are pursuing research that contributes to the body of knowledge on food insecurity in Canada. Candidates are selected based on their academic standing, contribution to addressing research gaps, and quality of the submission, including feasibility and methodological rigour.

“These scholarships support talented students and broaden the understanding of food insecurity in Canada,” said Lynda Kuhn, chair of the centre and senior vice-president at Maple Leaf Foods. “We are delighted by the strength of Aida, Allison, and Atlanta-Marinna’s research and look forward to learning and sharing the insights that result from their work.”  

The Centre’s goal is to work collaboratively across sectors to reduce food insecurity in Canada by 50 per cent by 2030. This includes supporting research that contributes to our understanding of barriers and interventions to achieve food security.

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