A Food Charter is a document shaped by community members that describes local values and priorities concerning food. A Food Charter brings together people and organizations that have interests in different parts of the food system and helps them to develop a common language and vision so that they can work together. The food system consists of everything from growing food to processing, transporting, storing, selling, buying, eating food and dealing with food waste. From producers to eaters, we all fit into the food system.
Food Charters have been developed or are in the development stage all across Canada. In Ontario, Food Charters have already been developed for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington; Guelph-Wellington; Sudbury; Kawartha Lakes; Toronto and many others.
The Food Charter can be used by producers, consumers, institutions, businesses and local governments throughout the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, and the County of Lanark, to guide the development of local food policies and programs. It can provide opportunities for people to have input into food related issues including: access to food, our environment, our farming economy, community development and celebrating food.