Who is the Poverty Committee? The Poverty Committeeis comprised of threemembers of City Counciland three citizenrepresentatives. Two main issues;Affordable HousingFood Security
Hunger at Home Food security is a basicneed affecting Brandonand surroundingcommunities. It is not just about foodavailability, but abouthealth and nutrition.
What is Food Security? “When all people at all timeshave access to sufficient, safe,nutritious food to maintain ahealthy and active life”.- The World Food Summit of 1996
Food security continued… Food Matters Manitobaencompasses;Accessing foodFood SafetyNutritionSustainable food production (agriculture)Self-reliance (local food systems & foodskills)Culturally acceptable foodSocial justice
Examples… Local organizationscurrently working towardsfood security;Samaritan HouseSalvation ArmyFruit ShareHelping HandsRHABrandon School DivisionCity of Brandon
To establish a City of Brandon Food Charter. Striving towards ensuring all citizens, regardless ofeconomic and social status, have access to sufficientaffordable and healthy food to meet their needs andbe free from hunger.Purpose & Vision
A Food Charter represents the community’s voice,values and priorities for a healthy and self-reliant foodsystem.What is a Food Charter?
Continued… Promotes thedevelopment of foodinitiatives and policywithin the communities,organizations and at thelocal government level.
To bring people together to talk about and work onlocal food system and food security challenges. Cities with a Food Charter already established include;Vancouver, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Thunder Bay,Kingston, Toronto and Ottawa.Why a Food Charter?
The City of Brandon can provide leadership toensuring food security by paving the way formunicipal Food Charters in Manitoba.Leadership
The Poverty Committee has already produced a draftand will be seeking input from the community. Will be seeking endorsement from City Council.Brandon Food Charter
Key Points…Building partnerships between citizens,educators and food providersPromoting farmers’ markets andother local food initiatives
Continued…Encouraging community andbackyard gardensRecognizing that the celebration of foodis central to culture and community
That the Food Charter lay the foundation for the Cityof Brandon to strive towards ensuring that allcitizens, regardless of economic and social status,have access to sufficient, affordable and healthy foodto meet their dietary needs and be free from hunger.Conclusion