Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy
What is a Food Strategy?
The Food Strategy is a strategic action plan to carry forward the principles engrained in the Thunder Bay Food Charter. The Food Charter was a community-led effort that laid out the principles of a healthy and sustainable food system—principles such as access to healthy food for all, preserving and maintaining local waters and agricultural lands, and encouraging regional and local food self-reliance.
As with the Charter, the Food Strategy is a community-led approach to defining issues and crafting solutions. The Food Strategy was developed through numerous rounds of consultation, including Food Summits, seminars, workshops, surveys, focus groups, and an Open House. Over four hundred people provided input into the development of the Food Strategy. The Food Strategy has aimed to bring together leaders from various sectors so that issues can be understood and addressed in a holistic way.
The Food Strategy is organized around seven pillars. The seven pillars, or, strategic action areas, were decided by community leadership at a Food Summit in 2013. The seven pillars are: Food Access, Forest and Freshwater Foods, Food Infrastructure, Food Procurement, Food Production, School Food Environments, and Urban Agriculture. You can read about the pillars by downloading the Food Strategy documet, available at tbfoodstrategy.ca
For additional information, or to get involved, please contact Karen Kerk, Food Strategy Coordinator, at 807-624-2141 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.