Federal budget has good news for food

In case you missed it, the 2019-2020 federal budget was released last Tuesday and there is some good news for food!

We were excited to see the intention to work with provinces to develop a National School Food Program.  While there is no funding committed, this is a positive step forward.  Today is the LAST DAY to sign the petition for a national school food program!  Please sign and share!

Other exciting highlights from this budget include;

  1. The release of the long-awaited Food Policy for Canada.
  2. Helping Canadian Communities Access Healthy Food: $50 million investment over five years for infrastructure for local food projects (e.g. food banks, farmers’ markets, and other community driven projects).

Here is the full budget announcement and press release from the Ecology Action Centre NourishNS

Food in the Cogswell District

Some exciting food resources may be coming to the Cogswell District!  The engagement report lists the following options to support food access in the area:

  • Community gardens
  • Food trucks
  • Access to healthy food retail (i.e. grocery stores, farmers markets)
  • Ethnic food sources

What food resources would you like to see in the area?

Read the engagement report here https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/cogswell-district

It’s time to #SpeakUp4SchoolFood!

Did you know Canada is the only G7 country without a national school food program? Although, school food programs (primarily breakfast meals) are delivered in 93% of Nova Scotia public schools at no cost to students, these programs  are currently supported by a patchwork of funding. We know schools, staff and parents are doing their best, but they need help to nourish kids while at school.

Nourish Nova Scotia, the Ecology Action Centre and partners have launched a new campaign calling for federal investment in a national school food program.  All students need access to good food to fuel their minds and bodies!

You can help by signing the House of Commons e-petition.  It takes less than a minute to #SpeakUp4SchoolFood

Here are you some ways you can get involved:

  • Attend the webinar on Dec 17th
  • Host your own post card campaign
  • Write your MP
  • Tweet and share!

For full details and access to the resources and tools click here!

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Acting Together for Food Policy

On Oct. 17th, members of the Halifax Food Policy Alliance hosted an event called “Acting Together for Food Policy” in partnership with the Halifax and Chebucto West Community Health Boards.  The focus of the day was to:

  1. Increase understanding of policy and how to influence policy
  2. Co-identify policy priorities / solutions that would inform a Food Action Plan for HRM
  3. Identify possible opportunities to act together

Graham Steele also provided helpful tips for communicating with politicians based on his book “What I Learned about Politics: Inside the Rise–and Collapse–of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government”.

There was real excitement in the room for mobilizing around the 2020 municipal elections (can never start too early!). Next steps include:

  • Working to co-create a food security election primer for the 2020 municipal election
  • Planning other opportunities to engage other partners and stakeholders.

See the summary report Acting Together for Food Policy in Halifax_SummaryFinal

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Graphic Harvesting by Susan MacLeod

 

Reporting back on Our Halifax, Our Food: From Charter to Strategy

The Halifax Food Policy Alliance is pleased to finally share a summary of our Food Charter Engagement events. The report includes a summary of what we heard and next steps. Stay tuned for updates on the Food Charter and Strategy in the coming months. Thank you for your participation! 

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A Food Charter for Halifax

Last chance to fill out our survey on the Draft Food Charter for Halifax!  Survey closes on Friday, Dec. 1st, 2017!
https://survey.nshealth.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=983Mmm41&Preview=true

Read this blog post by Nancy Anningson to find out more!

Adventures in Local Food

On Monday, October 30, 2017, the Halifax Food Policy Alliance (HFPA) hosted two public engagement events.  These events, entitled ‘Our Halifax, Our Food: From Charter to Strategy’, were an opportunity to discuss a draft Food Charter for Halifax and its potential impact.  It was also a chance to gather input from participants about the actions they’d like to see to improve food security in their communities.

The afternoon panel session was hosted by moderator Catherine Mah from the School of Health Administration at Dalhousie University.  The speakers were:

  • Jessie Jollymore, Executive Director of Hope Blooms;
  • Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, Senator and community activist;
  • Marjorie Willison, Community food leader and aging well activist; and
  • Dr. Wayne Roberts, Food Policy Analyst and Writer.

After a lively panel discussion, event participants moved to small group discussion about actions under the five principles of the Charter (Community Economic Development, Social Justice, Ecological Health, Individual…

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