The impacts and issues surrounding food security intersect the work of many community members and organizations in the Cowichan Region. Defined as a situation that exists when all members of our community have access to enough nutritious, safe, ecologically sustainable, and culturally appropriate food at all times, food security affects all of us. Some of us are more food secure than others.
Those who work in this field – from farmers to Registered Dietitians – often ask how a community determines its own level of food security. Particularly, how do we measure the impact of the food programs and initiatives that aspire to improve food security?
These are some of the questions that the Cowichan Food Security Coalition, a network of regional food security advocates and stakeholders, is seeking to address. Over the past eight months, the Coalition has collected regional food data and information which will be compiled into the first annual Cowichan Food Security Report Card. This information builds on the previous work of the Coalition, namely the Cowichan Food Action Plan and the Cowichan Food Charter, and is intended to act as a baseline assessment, forming a snapshot of the health and sustainability of our current food system.
Focusing on three themes, including Zero Hunger, Healthy Food Choices, and Local Food Production, the Coalition has captured information on some of the food issues that our community faces, and the programs and services that are working to address these issues. In doing so, the Coalition’s goal is to highlight the challenges and successes within the regional food system as a basis for further discussion and action.
The Coalition will present its preliminary data at the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board Meeting on October 8th, 2014 at 6pm.
For more information, please contact Vanessa Goodall at email@example.com or 250-748-8506.