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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sustainable Food Action Plan in the Works

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  
Council granted request from Orillia Food Council to have a staff member on the working group.

A group is looking to develop a sustainable food action plan in Orillia.
 
There was deputation by Emily Wilson, Lori Hunter, and Jacob Kearny-Morland from the Orillia Food Council at Monday's Council meeting.
 
Council granted their request to have a City staff member be a part of their working group in developing this plan.
 
The working group will identify existing food policies and integrate new policy that will address challenges in city's food system.
 
Wilson -- an Outreach Coordinator with Sharing Place Food Bank -- says the action plan is about people having access to locally produced food.
 
She says it also involves food distribution where food gets to the grocery store and farmer's markets.
 
Wilson says the time for discussion about food security as come and gone and now is the time to take action.
 
She says that is the reason why having a City staff member on the working group is best.
 
The typical length of time to develop a sustainable food action plan is 7 years.
 
Wilson says with the establishment of the food charter and food council, they can expect to have a plan in place in about a year or two.
 
She says this plan will change people's lives.




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