Health & Wellness
- Include more vegetables and fruit into meals and snacks.
- Establish or volunteer in a community garden. Visit the North Bay Area Community Garden Coalition website for more information.
- Participate in or initiate a ‘wellness committee’ at your school, workplace or recreation club to define and implement healthy eating efforts.
- Support healthy food champions and choices in schools, workplaces, child care centres, recreation settings, and community spaces.
- Support the Nipissing Good Food Box program*.
*Contact the Good Food Box Program at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Economic Development
- Purchase foods grown on nearby farms. Visit a farmers’ market.
- Join a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)* initiative and get to know your local growers.
- Choose local stores and products when possible.
- Ask for local products at restaurants and stores.
*CSA programs link consumers to farmers through the upfront purchase of a share in the harvest at the beginning of the growing season.
- Learn more about the issues that impact food security.
- Advocate for change. Talk to your local politicians about the need for higher social assistance rates, more affordable housing, childcare and public transportation, and a living wage to ensure access to healthy food for all.
- Donate only high quality, healthy food to food banks and food drives to increase access to healthy foods.
- Buy fair trade products.
- “Grow a Row” and donate your produce to a local food program.
- Join ‘Nipissing Area Food’ to help promote healthy, sustainable food in our community. Email us at email@example.com
- Eat seasonally when possible (e.g. Ontario strawberries in July)
- Reduce waste by composting and recycling. Reduce household food waste.
- Donate excess food to food programs or to farms for livestock feed.
- Reduce food miles by eating local products more often.
- Conserve water; use a rain barrel to collect water for your garden.
- Forage, harvest and hunt in ways that ensure sustainability.
- Advocate for, and support organizations, that promote preservation of local waters and farmland.
- Purchase food items with less packaging.
- Participate in training that focuses on nutrition, food safety, growing food and cooking. Involve children when possible.
- Support or initiate community gardens. Visit the North Bay Area Community Garden Coalition website.
- Involve children and youth in food preparation.
- Borrow library books on healthy, seasonal cooking and growing food.
- Share your knowledge about growing and preparing food.
- Advocate for more food-related learning opportunities in schools (hands-on cooking classes, gardening activities, food safety etc).
- Participate in local food festivals and events to celebrate the diversity of food.
- Model healthy eating behaviours for children and youth.
- Take time to prepare and enjoy homemade meals with family and friends.
- Share recipes and gardening tips.
We would like to acknowledge the Guelph Wellington Food Roundtable’s wonderful work creating the Food Charter Toolkit that this document is based on.