Health & Wellness
- Facilitate healthy food options in schools, hospitals, child care and recreation centres etc.
- Establish guidelines for high quality, healthy food donations at food banks.
- Create a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers.
- Encourage and facilitate community gardens both in public institutions and community spaces throughout the city.
Sustainable Economic Development
- Conduct a Community Food Assessment.
- Work with retailers and farmers’ markets to increase access to local foods by providing covered spaces or year round locations for vendors.
- Consult the agricultural community in planning processes.
- Re-examine bylaws and regulations that prohibit farmers and growers from selling local food.
- Advocate for policies that support on-farm processing.
- Develop and support local food procurement policies.
- Recognize food as a basic human right.
- Support fair wages for all.
- Support government procurement of fair trade products where possible.
- Support and participate in collaborations to create sustainable food systems.
- Coordinate emergency food programs to increase access to healthy food.
- Develop partnerships with not-for-profits, hunger relief organizations and retail food vendors to increase healthy options in emergency food settings.
- Support measures that facilitate active transportation (bike lanes, trails, bike racks, etc) as a means of accessing healthy food.
- Support the preservation of local farmland.
- Promote and support community garden projects and local neighbourhood markets.
- Facilitate the diversion of food waste from the municipal garbage stream (e.g., promote home and business composting or the implementation of a municipal organic waste program).
- Include food systems education in school curricula.
- Engage and empower students to improve the food culture of schools.
- Facilitate learning opportunities for chefs and food service providers in the public sector on procurement practices that benefit the economic, environmental and social good.
- Implement initiatives that provide training for rural grocers and restaurants to help them expand healthy options and minimize unhealthy choices.
- Promote regional foods, farmers, and local businesses.
- Create policies and incentives that support and promote agri-tourism.*
*Agri-tourism involves any agriculturally based activity that brings visitors to a farm.
We would like to acknowledge the Guelph Wellington Food Roundtable’s wonderful work creating the Food Charter Toolkit that this document is based on.