Comox Valley Food Policy Council

The goal of the Comox Valley Food Policy Council (CVFPC) is to provide a forum for advocacy and policy development that works towards the creation of a food system that is ecologically sustainable, economically viable and socially just.

The CVFPC had its inaugural meeting in October, 2020. Read about the motion here.

The CVFPC is coordinated by LUSH Valley Food Action Society with financial support from the Comox Valley Regional District. Read more here.

OTHE CVFPC IS:

  1. Guided by its own Terms of Reference (TOR) that outline specific details for composition, membership and governance of the council.
  2. Supported in principle by the CVRD and has appointed representatives from all four municipal and regional governments.
  3. A hybrid of civil society organizations and government — not an official committee of the CVRD — with significant linkages to local government via departments and government staff, with financial support from a mix of sources. 

ONGOING PRIORITIES:

  1. Supporting a regional agricultural area and food security plan process as needed.
  2. Supporting other Official Community Plans (OCP), the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) and municipal and regional planning processes.
  3. Acting as an advisory board for local government and others. 

SPECIFIC PRIORITIES FOR 2021:

  1. Support the creation of a local food aggregation and distribution hub and related local food procurement policies.
  2. Advocate for and develop policy related to healthy school food access and food-systems education.
  3. Support and advocate for policy development relating to food access and poverty.

What is a Food Policy Council?

Food Policy Councils are comprised of individuals from all aspects of a local food system including citizens and government officials. The goal is to provide a forum for advocacy and policy development that works towards the creation of a food system that is ecologically sustainable, economically viable and socially just. The primary goal of many Food Policy Councils is to examine the operation of a local food system and provide ideas and policy recommendations for how it can be improved.

The Food Council of North Carolina provides a great example of what can be done for food policy within a community. Watch a short video here. 

Want to know more about the CVFPC?

To get involved, email Maurita Prato at maurita@lushvalley.org.

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