News Release: Food System Community Conversation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, October 26, 2018 | 10:00 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, along with the Windsor-Essex Food Policy Council and supported by the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, are pleased to announce upcoming community conversations around the local food system. A food system consists of those who: grow or raise food; process food; distribute food; sell or provide food; eat food and manage food waste.
From November 1st – November 22nd, a series of food system conversations will take place throughout Windsor and Essex County. These conversations will allow for a better understanding of the needs of the community, create and open forum to generate ideas for improvement, and will help to explain what our local food system should look like. These community conversations will bring the Windsor-Essex community together to talk about the importance of healthy, safe, accessible, affordable and culturally appropriate food and raise awareness of our local food issues. In addition, an online survey will launched to gather information from those residents who cannot make the conversation sessions.
“Our goal is to use this information to support a broader Community Food Assessment, so we can learn where the gaps in our food system are, and begin to create plans to solve these issues” says Karen Bellemore, Public Health Nutritionist and Chair of the Food Policy Council.
Community members are encouraged to attend the community conversations to share their thoughts and experiences with the food system. Those who are unable to attend a conversation are encouraged to have their opinion heard by completing the on–line food system survey. Information for both can be found at www.wechu.org/foodsystem.
This project is proudly supported by the WindsorEssex Community Foundation and Loblaw Companies Limited through their partnership with Community Foundations of Canada.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)