FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 26, 2017
K’jipuktuk (Halifax) – Community input is being sought on a draft Halifax Food Charter. The charter was drafted by the Halifax Food Policy Alliance, a partnership of organizations and individuals representing various aspects of the local food system. This is the first time that a food charter has been created for Halifax.
Nancy Anningson, Senior Coordinator, Community Food at the Ecology Action Centre, co-chairs the Halifax Food Policy Alliance.
“The food system affects our health, our quality of life and the economic and environmental sustainability of our urban, suburban and rural communities,” says Anningson, “We need to think of it in the same way that we think about transportation or education – food is a huge part of our lives and the impacts are no less important.”
A Food Charter is a guiding document, shaped by community members, that provides a common vision for the future food system, which includes everything from food production, processing and distribution to consumption and waste management.
Food Charters can have a range of benefits, including strengthening the local economy, supporting local producers, preventing environmental degradation and improving the overall health and wellness of residents. More than 60 municipalities across Canada have created food policies – many of which have approved Food Charters that guide local food work.
“We hope the Food Charter will bring key partners together in our community around actions they can take to build a healthy and environmentally sustainable food system in our region, whether it’s through important policy changes or collaborative community projects. There is so much opportunity for growth and change,” says Anningson.
The Halifax Food Policy Alliance will host two events on October 30 at Halifax Central Library. Both events are free and are open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged due to space restrictions.
The events will focus on presenting the draft Food Charter for Halifax region and hearing from community members on specific actions that can be taken to collectively bring the vision to life. “Ultimately, we’re hoping to improve our food system,” says Anningson.
Afternoon Panel & Discussion: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Halifax Central Library
- Speakers: Jessie Jollymore, Marjorie Willison, Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, Dr. Wayne Roberts & Dr. Catherine Mah (as moderator).
- Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/our-halifax-our-food-from-charter-to-strategy-panel-...
Evening Keynote & Discussion: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Halifax Central Library
- Speaker: Dr. Wayne Roberts, Food Policy Analyst and Writer
- Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/our-halifax-our-food-from-charter-to-strateg...
“It’s important that we hear from members of our communities about what’s important to them when it comes to food access,” says Lindell Smith, Regional Councillor and supporter of The Halifax Food Alliance. “We need collaboration from many organizations, governments, and communities to ensure a healthy and sustainable food system, and the possibility to create that for our city is an exciting one.”
A limited budget is available to support community members who require assistance with travel costs or other barriers for attending. Community members can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
For citizens who are unable to attend the discussions, feedback about the Food Charter can be provided online at https://survey.nshealth.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=983Mmm4...
About The Halifax Food Policy Alliance
Established in June 2013, The Halifax Food Policy Alliance (HFPA) is a partnership of individuals and organizations that represent different sectors related to the food system. HFPA member organizations include: Ecology Action Centre, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Office of the Mayor, Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market, Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, FEED Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality and Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. Together we are working to support program and policy initiatives that have potential to achieve our collective vision of a healthy, just and sustainable food system for the Halifax Region. Visit https://halifaxfoodpolicy.wordpress.com/ for more information.
For further information, please contact:
Co-Chair – Halifax Food Policy Alliance, Ecology Action Centre
Co-Chair – Halifax Food Policy Alliance, Nova Scotia Health Authority
Members of the media are welcome to attend. Presenters and representatives from the Halifax Food Policy Alliance will be available to speak with the media before and after the afternoon panel event.