Winnipeg Food Council Will Work Toward Enhancing Access to Local, Affordable and Healthy Food

CCEDNet | National

By: Rob Moquin

Building on a 2015 Winnipeg Public Service recommendation to explore opportunities for improving food production and security in Winnipeg, Food Matters Manitoba collaborated with community organizations, local businesses, public health experts and city planners to create the Winnipeg Food Council. Although, as an organization, we have been working towards a municipal food policy council for nearly a decade.

In consultation with the City of Winnipeg’s Urban Planning Division, we hosted a series of conversations last summer to identify food policy priorities and provide recommendations on the structure and role of the proposed food council. In anticipation of the public service report and vote at city council, we initiated an email and postcard writing campaign, engaging Winnipeg residents to share their support for the proposed food council with their city councillors and mayor. We also organized delegations to present to Winnipeg City Council in favour of the prosed food council. Delegations included CCEDNet Manitoba, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and Canadian Diabetes Association Manitoba.

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