Jeff Sedgwick

Jeff Sedgewick, Mulmur resident and Director, The Co-operators

Jeff Sedgwick, Mulmur resident and Director at The Co-operators

Jeff has been a full-time resident of Mulmur Township for 25 years.  He works with The Co-operators in Guelph as their National Claims Property Director. He currently volunteers as a Leadership Committee member for HCIA.

Occupation: Financial Services (The Co-operators)
Favorite food: Cheese
Guiltiest food pleasure: Cheese
Family size: 4
Estimate of how much you and your family spend on food per week: $250 to $300
Why you are participating in this project: Food banks provide an important and essential role in the health and well being of our communities. Its amazing to realize the number of people who rely on food banks. As an employee of The Co-operators, we support our local food bank in Guelph through our “Volunteers in Action”. For the past several years I have volunteered quarterly, stacking and sorting at the food bank. To experience the food bank from a different perspective and communicate my experience seemed to be a natural fit.

Day 1

What are you missing the most?
Cheese, what else!!!
What are your challenges with cooking?
Day one, picked up food.

Day one, picked up food.

Day one picked up food, and it is spread out on my kitchen table. Some of the stuff I am quite used to and there’ll be no adjustment (I am still a student at heart and I have KD for lunch often).

Other things I simply am not used to cooking with like canned veg, chickpeas…, I am going to have to tap into my daughters recipe book for vegetarian ideas for sure!!!

Your thoughts on taking the challenge vs. the reality for people facing economic hardship and limited access to food.
It was interesting to experience the Food bank operation from a different side. I volunteer periodically at the Guelph Food bank sorting, stocking and shelving dried goods, as well as pick-up, but I do not see any of the ‘front end’ operations. It is amazing how the volunteers go above and beyond to make sure those who need to use the Food Bank are able to do so with dignity and respect. It would be one thing to need to rely on the Food Bank; quite another if there were fears of any stigma associated with it.
The number one thing you want to share with family and friends.
Food Banks not only rely on donations of goods but cash donations also enables them to buy fresh food when available.
Did you learn anything new? Other comments?
Did you know…,
– the Orangeville Food Bank opened in 1992
– It is an “Emergency Food Bank”
– There is an Ontario Association of Food Banks
– Many Food Banks ‘share’ when they can or they are in need of certain items
– Food Banks do not provide any foods past their best before date
– Food Banks are 100% volunteer run
– Clients can come once per month
– Orangeville’s Food Bank has sen a 28% increase in the total use in the last 4 years
– Clients receive an average of 3e0 pounds of food per person per month
– 10,500 pounds of food are distributed each month (WOW!)

Day 2

What are you missing the most?
A chocolate bar at lunch, (and cheese).
What are your challenges with cooking?
Getting my family to eat with me!
Your thoughts on taking the challenge vs. the reality for people facing economic hardship and limited access to food.
There is a social element to to eating and enjoying food with others, beyond the family unit. In business we ‘meet for lunch’; often if there is work to be done we will work through a meal to get the job done. It is one thing to explain how I could not join co-workers for lunch because I was participating in a cause. Imagine if I had to explain I could not join them because I could not afford it?
Did you learn anything new? Other comments?
It is hard to find any good recipe for Tuna (when I don’t like Tuna!).

Day 3

What are you missing the most?
Fresh Fruit and Veg
What are your challenges with cooking?
I have some good recipes from my buddy Val for chickpeas and potatoes – gonna try those!
http://cookingwithpia.ca/chickpeas-instead-of-potatoes/
http://www.chow.com/recipes/30368-spicy-oven-roasted-chickpeas
Your thoughts on taking the challenge vs. the reality for people facing economic hardship and limited access to food.
I think the best nutrition from a vegetable or a fruit would be in its raw, fresh form .There was no fresh fruit/ produce in my basket and I realize this would be a huge challenge to facilitate. How can we provide more fresh food in the food basket, less canned?
The number one thing you want to share with family and friends.
To maximize the nutritional benefit of the food it might be more helpful for the public to donate money to buy fresh produce.