Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is foodcoreLGL?

foodcoreLGL is a partnership of people and organizations from the food, farming and community sectors in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. The group includes growers, producers, local governments, as well as those working in poverty reduction, health, and emergency food supply (e.g., food banks).

A Food Charter for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark

Food is at the core of every community’s well-being.

Do you value any of the following?

  • access to safe, healthy food
  • our environment
  • locally grown food
  • agriculture for the future
  • economic development
  • celebrating food and culture

A Food Charter can be adopted and used by anyone, including: individuals, organizations, businesses, schools, workplaces and local levels of government.

Why does Leeds, Grenville and Lanark need a Food Charter?

A Food Charter promotes food that is fresh, accessible, safe and affordable, and an agricultural system that is strong both now and in the future. A Food Charter can help strengthen the local economy, support local producers, promote environmental conservation and improve the health and well-being of residents.

What can a Food Charter do for me and my community?

A Food Charter can:

  • Express a community’s vision for their food system
  • Start conversations about food and agriculture
  • Make connections between different people and groups interested in food
  • Help improve food security and ensure that all residents have enough safe, nutritious and culturally-acceptable food
  • Promote food that is grown and produced in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and increase its availability to consumers
  • Help to protect farmland and to provide more opportunity for growers and producers
  • Promote the availability of healthy food choices
  • Help to protect the environment.
How was the charter developed?

An information meeting for community members and stakeholders was held in March 2013 to discuss what a Food Charter is, to assess the interest in developing a charter for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, and to identify key principles. There were over 50 participants at this event.

Volunteers came forward from the food, farming and community sectors to sit together on a steering committee (now known as foodcoreLGL).

foodcoreLGL  developed an initial draft of the Food Charter based on feedback obtained from community members and stakeholders from the information meeting in March 2013. We sought feedback from as many individuals, groups, organizations, farmer, growers etc. as we could from November 2013 to the end of February 2014.  The results were compiled and changes made to the initial draft to ensure that final charter represents the priorities of the residents in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

What did people have to say?

A survey report will be made available on our website when it has been completed.

We heard a lot of feedback about different aspects of the food system, which we will address in an Idea Bank on our website.

How can I/we get involved?

We are looking to involve as many residents of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark as possible to provide input and to promote the Food Charter. We hope that people engage in the charter to make it a living document to guide decisions and food related initiatives.

Where can I go for more information?

Please email foodcoreLGL@gmail.com or you can call 613-283-2740 ext. 2436 for more information.

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