The goal of Halton Food Council is to increase awareness of food systems* issues and opportunities in Halton region and to communicate with a common voice to promote action.
May 1, 2008
The Halton Food Committee held its initial meeting to identify key food issues for the community, to connect with others who worked on similar issues, and to explore the idea of a collaborative approach. Interested community members worked to establish the Halton Food Committee and continued to meet to develop a vision and mission.
This Committee, with support from the Halton Region Health Department, hosted a Halton Food Forum. Speakers at the forum included the Co-Chair of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable and the Acting Manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council who discussed food councils in their communities.
Forum participants were from a wide variety of backgrounds including school nutrition programs, prenatal nutrition programs, food and restaurant industry, food banks, good food box programs, multicultural council, children's aid, regional employees, students, women's institute, churches, farmers and others from the agricultural community. There were 138 people registered.
The need for a food council for Halton was affirmed at this meeting. Feedback on the vision, mission and priority issues was collected at the forum and used to develop a Terms of Reference for a new food council.
The Halton Food Council was launched and met for the first time. The Halton Food Council is an independent community council with representatives from a variety of food, health and agricultural organizations. Coordinating support is provided by the Halton Region Health Department.
* A food system includes food production, food processing, food distribution, food access, food consumption, food education and waste management.
The Halton Food Council became an incorporated, non-profit organization that operates in all four municipalities of Halton: Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills.