By: Olivia Boyce, Global Market
What’s been going on?
A partnership between the Brandon Poverty Committee, Food Matters Manitoba and the Global Market has made way for discussion around creating a Food Policy Council(FPC) in Brandon.
A FPC has been on the radar since the creation of the Brandon Food Charter in April of 2014. The charter was established by the Brandon Poverty Committee to help promote the development of food initiatives and policy within the community through organizations and at the local government level.
On January 27, 2017 an event was held to engage key stakeholders to discuss possible priority ares and functions of a FPC in Brandon, and to provide recommendations related to the formation and governance.
This event included 15 stakeholders from various sectors including business owners, local producers, poverty reduction and food access groups, public health inspectors, Brandon school division representatives, city staff, healthcare and social service and community organizations. It was a top priority to listen to the voices of the people who are working the front lines in our community and to generate discussion around what a FPC would look like and who would be involved.
Brandon is fortunate to have many strong grassroots organizations that are genuinely interested in the well being of the community and who take initiative to make things happen. A Food Policy Council would be an interconnecting web to bring all of the decision-makers, policy-influencers and food champions together to create a vision and a strategy for a better, more sustainable city that has zero hunger and healthy, safe and nutritious food for all.
To determine our next steps a questionnaire and summary of the event will be released at the end of February. If you would like more information or to get involved, contact Olivia Boyce at firstname.lastname@example.org.