Recruiting for VFPC’s next term

Are you interested in becoming a member of the VFPC?

The VFPC’s current term ends on April 30th, 2021, and the City is now accepting applications from members of the public to serve on the next term (May 2021 – December 2022).  The application period is open from March 16th – 31st at  https://vancouver.ca/volunteer (scroll down and click “learn more and apply”).

Before applying, you can review more information about the VFPC on the City’s website, and review information about eligibility requirements for membership here. You can also find out more about the VFPC’s membership structure, which is informed both by “expertise” and “lived experience” here.

We would greatly appreciate if you could circulate this opportunity to others in your community who may be interested.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please feel free to reach out to the Food Policy team at foodpolicy@vancouver.ca

April 8, 2021 Special Session Hosted by the VFPC: Local Food Action Plan Engagement

April 8, 2021 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Online on Zoom, pre-registration required at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpc-isrTkpHddH6OA1vY6wvK6i-e56VCYq

Everyone is welcome!

Join us for a special session to learn about the progress of the Vancouver Park Board Local Food Action Plan (LFAP) Update and provide input. At this special session hosted by the VFPC, the Park Board’s LFAP Update team will share preliminary findings from our research, assessment, and engagement process so far. We will then host breakout groups for members of the public and VFPC members to discuss proposed goals for the plan with the LFAP team. In preparation for the session, we recommend reviewing the background below and the current LFAP.

Background: In 2013, the Vancouver Park Board adopted a Local Food Action Plan (LFAP) to enhance the local food landscape. This plan was guided by 5 goals and 55 actions. Many of the actions were achieved within the 5-year timeframe of the LFAP. However, so much has changed since the approval of the LFAP. We are now embarking on a process to update the LFAP to reflect the current food landscape and future needs with an emphasis on:

  • Increasing and/or enhancing food assets and services
  • Building resilience to mitigate the effects of a changing climate
  • Allocating resources and reduce barriers to currently underserved populations
  • Decolonizing the local food system to support indigenous food systems, food sovereignty, foraging practices, and food asset rich parks and natural areas
  • Addressing gaps and opportunities highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic including building community resilience to crisis, and to support the subsequent recovery process

November 2020 Meeting – Park Board Local Food Action Plan Update

November 12, 2020 VFPC Meeting
6pm – 8:30pm
Online,  members of the public must register here to attend (please note that the email you receive after registering will contain a unique link for you to sign in with. To extend the opportunity to others, please refer them here to sign up rather than forwarding them your sign-in link)
Everyone is welcome!

Do you have ideas on how we can contribute to a just and sustainable local food system by leveraging Vancouver Park Board land, facilities, programs, and community connections? Join us for a special focus on the Local Food Action Plan Update at the November 12th VFPC meeting.

Agenda Overview (Full Agenda Forthcoming)

1. Opening (welcome, intros, housekeeping) 6:00-6:15pm
2. Liaison updates 6:15-6:30pm
3. Working group updates 6:30-6:55pm
4. Waste working group motion 6:55-7:00pm
5. Vancouver Park Board Local Food Action Plan update and engagement session (details below – In preparation for this session, we encourage you to review the 2013 Local Food Action Plan before the meeting) 7:00-8:30pm

Vancouver Park Board Local Food Action Plan Update and Engagement Session (Details)

In 2013, the Vancouver Park Board adopted a Local Food Action Plan (LFAP) to enhance the local food landscape. This plan was guided by 8 goals and 55 actions. Many of the actions were achieved within the 5-year timeframe of the LFAP. However, so much has changed since the approval of the LFAP. The Park Board is now embarking on a process to update the LFAP to reflect the current food landscape and future needs with an emphasis on:

  • Increasing and/or enhancing food assets and services
  • Building resilience to mitigate the effects of a changing climate
  • Allocating resources and reduce barriers to currently underserved populations
  • Decolonizing the local food system to support indigenous food systems, food sovereignty, foraging practices, and food asset rich parks and natural areas
  • Addressing gaps and opportunities highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic including building community resilience to crisis, and to support the subsequent recovery process

At this special session, Park Board staff and consulting team will share a progress snapshot on the LFAP update process so far, then take a deeper dive into key topics through facilitated breakout group discussions based on the focus areas of the VFPC Working Groups.

In preparation for this session, we encourage you to review the 2013 Local Food Action Plan before the meeting

This is the first of multiple opportunities for VFPC members and the public to share their ideas and feedback on what should go in the LFAP Update. In addition to this special session, Park Board will be assembling a stakeholder steering committee, holding small group/one-on-one meetings with members from equity seeking groups that are often underserved, conducting a second general stakeholder session, and more!

 Remember you must register here to attend. Everyone is welcome!

Please remember that the email you receive after registering will contain a unique link for you to sign in with. To extend the opportunity to others, please refer them here to sign up rather than forwarding them your sign-in link!

February Meeting: Urban farming focus

February 6th, 2020 VFPC Meeting
6pm – 8:30pm
City Hall – 3rd floor Cascadia Room (note – different than our usual location)
Everyone is welcome!

Our Feb.6th 2020 meeting will have a special focus on Vancouver’s Urban Farm Guidelines and related policies. See below for detail on this item and check back for the full agenda soon.

Social Policy Update: Vancouver Urban Farm Guidelines Review
In 2016, the City of Vancouver adopted Urban Farm Guidelines to legitimize urban farming as a permitted land use activity and licensable business type in residential, industrial, commercial, historic area, and some CD-1 zones. Council directed staff to collaborate with stakeholders on reviewing the policy after a pilot period and to report back to Council on its effectiveness. Farmers have identified that the regulations pose many challenges to their operations. Caitlin Dorward, Social Planner and staff liaison to the VFPC, will provide an interim update on this review currently underway, including a summary of feedback heard thus far, issues under consideration, other engagement opportunities and an overview of the Council reporting process. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion of the VFPC’s next steps on this important policy issue.

Eat Think Vote 2019

Eat Think Vote is a non-partisan campaign run in federal election years by Food Secure Canada to make food an election issue. It provides an opportunity for constituents to hear directly from candidates and ask tough questions about how their platforms address community issues related to (but not limited to) food security, food justice, healthy food, and more.

The VFPC encourages you to attend one of the three Eat Think Vote events coming up in Metro Vancouver:

Announcement of the VFPC’s New Term

New members of the Vancouver Food Policy Council have been appointed by City Council for the 2019-2020 term! We are very excited to get working on food policy again.

The group is focusing on orientation through June and July, and will hold their first public meeting in August.

September VFPC Meeting – at Woodwards Building

Please note – Due to the by-election taking place this month, the VFPC’s September 13th, 2017 meeting will be held at Woodwards Building, 111 Hasting Street, 5th Floor, immediately outside of the elevators.

Meeting Agenda
September 13, 2017, 6:00- 8:30 pm
Location: Woodwards Building, 111 Hasting Street, 5th Floor
Chairs: Caitlin Dorward, David Speight (acting)
Regrets: Stefan Misse, Stephanie Lim

1 Homelands acknowledgement and introductions 10 min 6:00-10
We acknowledge that we are meeting on the unceded homelands of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and we give thanks for their generosity and hospitality.
2 Approve minutes from June and July meetings 5 min 6:10-15
3 Liaison Updates 15 min 6:15-30
4 Working Group Updates 10 min 6:30-40
5 Wild Salmon Caravan Vancouver Feast Working Group  Update 30 min 6:40-7:10
 
  • Update on progress
  • Requests for equipment, food donations, and support
  Break 10 min 7:10-20
6 Food Strategy Action Plan 2010-2020: Update from James O’Neill and Sarah Carten 40 min 7:20-8:00
  • Presentation on changes to the Action Plan  (10 mins)
    -New Focus Areas (Reconciliation, Food Access, Resilience)
    – Discussion (30 mins)
  • Can the VFPC support the Action Plan moving forward to City Council?
  • In what ways can the FPC assist in implementing the actions?
7 VFPC Submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on the National Food Policy 20 mins 8:00-20
 
  • Does the VFPC support the submission of the letter?
8 Bread Basket 10 min 8:20-30
9 Motion to adjourn
And invitation to post-meeting social gathering
  8:30

January 18th meeting and Global Pulse Day

Happy New Year! We invite all members of the public to join us at the first meeting of 2017, taking place on January 18th.

The agenda includes updates from all of our working groups on their achievements from the past term and plan for transitioning to next term. We also plan to celebrate Global Pulse Day with a potluck of pulse-based foods prepared by our council members. If you feel so inspired, bring a dish to share!

Wednesday, January 18th, 6-8:30pm,
Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall
All Welcome

Full Agenda Here: VFPCMtg_2017.01.18_Draftagendashort