Hamilton Community Food
Security Stakeholder
Committee
Hamilton
Population 520,000 of which
330 ,000 in Lower & Upper Hamilton

Includes significant rural areas – farming and na...
Hamilton Community Food Security Stakeholder
Committee
Formed in June 2008
Mandate
To move Hamilton towards
community food...
Hamilton Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee

Food Security Continuum
Stage 1:
Short term relief

• Food banks /...
Method
Consultation with community groups for
identification of needs and concerns
Research with considerable help from Un...
Outcomes

Community Garden policy
Farmers Market Whitepaper
Local Food Policy Conference
Draft Food Charter
Increased awar...
Lessons learned
Council-appointed Committee important to get
support
Value of University resources & research
Value of a c...
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Hamilton Community Food Security Steakholder Committee

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Speaker: Dave Carson
Session: Beyond Food Charters: Approaches to Developing Meaningful Food Policy

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Hamilton Community Food Security Steakholder Committee

  1. 1. Hamilton Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee
  2. 2. Hamilton Population 520,000 of which 330 ,000 in Lower & Upper Hamilton Includes significant rural areas – farming and natural areas
  3. 3. Hamilton Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee Formed in June 2008 Mandate To move Hamilton towards community food security Advisory to City Board of Health Membership Food system stakeholders Councillors City staff
  4. 4. Hamilton Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee Food Security Continuum Stage 1: Short term relief • Food banks / emergency food • Free meal programs • Subsidized meals • Student nutrition programs Emergency Food Committee Stage 2: Building capacity and empowering individuals in the community Community kitchens Community gardens Local Farmers Markets Nutrition programs Meals on Wheels Shopping/transportation services • etc • • • • • • Stage 3: Systemic Shift for Sustainability • Food Charter & Community Food Policy • Food security networks to advocate sustainable food systems • Buy local / eat local initiatives • Land use policies for urban agriculture • Actions to ensure living Food Security Stakeholder Committee wage, adequate welfare and affordable housing
  5. 5. Method Consultation with community groups for identification of needs and concerns Research with considerable help from University staff and students Discussions with City staff Written input to staff and presentations to Board of Health (all City councillors)
  6. 6. Outcomes Community Garden policy Farmers Market Whitepaper Local Food Policy Conference Draft Food Charter Increased awareness of, understanding by, and engagement with, City staff on food issues City now working on a Food Strategy
  7. 7. Lessons learned Council-appointed Committee important to get support Value of University resources & research Value of a committed municipal staff member Likely it has been done somewhere else – use and adapt to local situation Build success with projects more easily tackled, then move on to the more challenging issues. Food Charter came after 4+ years

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