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).
Food is at the core of every community’s well-being.
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A Food Charter can be adopted and used by anyone, including: individuals, organizations, businesses, schools, workplaces and local levels of government.
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.
A Food Charter can:
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.
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.
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.
Please email foodcoreLGL@gmail.com or you can call 613-283-2740 ext. 2436 for more information.