What is a Food Council?
A Food Council acts as a catalyst for change through research, education and advocating for policy development. A Food Council streamlines and makes the most of resources within the community while eliminating duplication among its' members and partners.
What is Food Security?
Food Security means that all people at all times have physical & economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate foods, which are produced in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner, and that people are able to make informed decisions about their food choices.
Food Security also means that the people who produce our food are able to earn a decent, living wage growing, catching, producing, processing, transporting, retailing, and serving food.
At the core of food security is access to healthy food and optimal nutrition for all. Food access is closely linked to food supply, so food security is dependent on a healthy and sustainable food system.The food system includes the production, processing, distribution, marketing, acquisition, and consumption of food.
What is Our Mission Statement?
Connecting our local food communities through common policy, strategic objectives and goals, to grow a healthy and secure local food system
What are Our Strategic Initiatives?
Finalized in December 2012, the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter http://fpa.simcoe.ca/charter is based on six principles: Equal access to healthy and personally-acceptable food for all; A close-knit community achieved through a celebration of food and culture; Long-term economic growth and prosperity; Agricultural sustainability; Environmental responsibility; Increased education and skills development for a healthier community:
Using these principles, we developed the following strategic initiatives:
- Further develop the Orillia Food Council and its' presence in Orillia and area.
- Advocate for the development of municipal policy related to food security, sustainability and urban agriculture.
- Enhance local food knowledge and food literacy in the community.
- Provide support and advocacy for the development of an enhanced local food system.