Abbotsford Food Charter

What is a Food Charter?

A Food Charter is broad statement developed by the community that establishes a shared vision for a sustainable and food secure community. Food charters advocate for nutritious, affordable, accessible, and culturally relevant food for all community members, recognize that food and food production is a vital component of a community’s economic development and agriculture sector, and celebrate cultures and food in our vibrant and diverse community.

By including the voices of various stakeholders, Food Charters create space for a broad base of support, cross-sectorial collaboration, and community connection. Used as an educational tool, Food Charters raise community awareness about food system concerns and gaps and creates an opportunity for public discussion and advocacy.

While they are not always created by the municipality, they can be endorsed by the City and become a reference document that they use to design and adapt policies that improve the well-being of our community. Food Charters are not binding policy statements, but instead act as inspiration for how to develop local food policy and or initiatives for the community.

The Abbotsford Food Charter will outline our community’s commitment to cultivating a food secure, sustainable, and interconnected local food system where everyone has equitable access to the food they need.

Community Engagement

As this document will be created by community for our community, we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to have their voices heard. We will be hosting 3 sessions:

  1. February 14, 2024, from 1:00-3:00pm at Archway Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave) 
  2. April 18, 2024, from 1:00-3:00pm at Legacy Sports Center (3270 Trethewey St) 
  3. June 19, 2024, from 1:00-3:00pm at Legacy Sports Center (3270 Trethewey St) 

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