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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. | Windsor and Essex County
Join us for a “Table Talk” information session to share food, ideas, and learn more about the food policy council.

Wednesday October 25, 2017
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
1005 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, ON N9A 4J8

Local representatives are looking for interested members of the community to make a positive impact on how food is treated across all sectors, “from grow it, to throw it.” Partners from the Federation of Agriculture, County of Essex, City of Windsor, Downtown Mission, United Way/Centraide and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit are in the early stages of developing a Food Policy Council in our community. Modelled after similar groups from cities like, Toronto, London, and Sarnia, the Windsor-Essex Food Policy Council aims to connect diverse people with interests in food to discuss, collaborate, and develop innovative project and policies to address issues affecting the food system. 

Windsor-Essex County residents are invited to join the Windsor-Essex County Food Policy Council to work towards improving our local food. Visit www.wechu.org/foodpolicy to apply.  Applications will be open from October 19, 2017 to November 17, 2017

Why does Windsor-Essex need a food policy council?

  • Windsor and Essex County has the second lowest consumption of vegetables and fruit in the province and high rates of chronic disease
  • Many neighbourhoods in Windsor and Essex County do not have walkable access to a grocery store
  • The majority of crops grown are not for local food production. 2 out of 3 farms in Windsor and Essex County are dedicated to oilseed and grain farming

Food connects us all, and a food policy council can:

  • Bring the community together to celebrate with food
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Protect everyone’s right to food
  • Strengthen our local economy

Media Contact
Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (news)
news@wechu.org