FOOD4CHANGE YORK REGION FOOD CHARTER PROGRESS REPORT
York Region Food Network 350 Industrial Parkway S., Aurora firstname.lastname@example.org 905-841-3101
The York Region Food Charter provides direction to guide community food programs and policies. The focus is on using agriculture and food as a way to build stronger, healthier and more prosperous communities across York Region. over
York Region Food Charter
All of our research, events & projects are articulated by the 5 values of the Food Charter
leveraged for community food programs, policy development & research in York Region
Environmental Economic Sustainability Opportunities
Health and Wellbeing
Education and Skills Equity and Social Justice
Reports based on community consultations
The York Region Food Charter has been at outreach events
Food for Change educational events with over 330 attendees
November 2011 & March 2012
Working Group formed
April 2012 Food Charter Coordinator hired
November 2012 Release of our first report on food and agriculture
Since 2011, we* have been working to push forward a food systems approach at the municipal and regional levels, while also assisting the community to support food programs that make it easier for people to grow, prepare, eat and share food in their communities. Here are some of our accomplishments to date:
* we = visit www.yorkregionfoodcharter.com for a listing of partners, reports and projects
community food projects
over people have shared their views on what a healthy food system should look like
DEVELOPED AN INSPRING VIDEO & WEBSITE
Committees & Councils have endorsed the Charter, including City of Markham, Township of King, Town of WhitchurchStouffville & Town of Aurora
made up of residents, community partners, government representatives, farming and food sector March 2013 Final Food Charter released
2014 & 2015 Endorsements, projects, reports, policies, ongoing outreach & education events
September 2015 Demand for food education & policies continues to increase
A guiding document for the development of coordinated food-related policies and programs in York Region
We Value... Health and Wellbeing
Equity and Social Justice
Access to a variety of healthy and affordable
The basic right of all residents to safe,
food in all neighbourhoods and facilities.
nutritious, culturally appropriate, accessible
Food policies and practices to improve and
Dignified access to food for all.
The importance of food for physical, mental,
Fair compensation and a safe and respectful
emotional and cultural wellbeing.
work environment in the agriculture and food
Community ownership of healthy, locally-
grown and processed food.
Education and Skills
Economic development plans that ensure
Food literacy and skills for all residents, with a
robust and financially sustainable agriculture.
focus on food growing, healthy cooking, and
Innovative food and related industries that
unite producer, processor, distributor, health,
Education that supports opportunities in the
tourism, education and hospitality sectors.
agriculture and food sector.
Locally-grown traditional and world foods.
Understand the connections between food,
farming, health and the environment.
Rural and urban agriculture practices that protect biodiversity and improve the health of our land, soil, water, and air. Integrate agriculture and food into energy and climate change policies and strategies. Protection of agricultural lands and a streamlined regulatory framework. Educate on reducing food and packaging waste among consumers, retailers, processors and producers.
WhatÂ weÂ do...
Strengthen the healthy food and farming sector by providing opportunities for diverse stakeholders to share their experiences, knowledge and ideas, and reach agreements on collaborative actions. Turn policy ideas into action through research, advocacy, education, and pilot projects. Find online at www.yorkregionfoodcharter.com