See you in 2023!

We held our last meeting of the term on September 29th, 2022 and are now on hiatus until the next term gets underway in mid-2023.

If you are interested in applying to be a VFPC member, keep an eye out for membership recruitment starting in mid-January 2023.  More information about the recruitment and appointment process is available at https://vancouver.ca/your-government/join-an-advisory-board-or-committee.aspx or by contacting civicagenciesinfo
@vancouver.ca

See you next term!

VFPC Community Talk: How to Solve Our Food Waste Problem

Update: this event has already taken place! Read highlights of our discussion and the presentations in the meeting minutes

Please save the date for this special talk taking place as part of our May meeting:

VFPC Community Talk: How to Solve our Food Waste Problem
Hosted by the Vancouver Food Policy Council’s Food Waste Working Group

Online event: Thursday, May 26th , 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Registration is not required, find a link to join the meeting posted here at the time of the event (https://vancouver.ca/your-government/vancouver-food-policy-council.aspx

Discover how we can solve Vancouver’s food waste problem with 6 amazing panelists who will discuss:

  • The current landscape of food waste in Canada
  • Municipal policy options we can implement
  • Groups using innovative tech to end food waste
  • The city’s Circular Food Innovation Lab

Guest speakers include:

  • Lori Nikkel, Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest
  • Jamie-Lynne Varney, author of A “Right to Food” Framework for a Just Circular Economy of Food
  • Juan Martinez, author of Policies, Incentives, and Measurement Protocols for Food Waste Reporting by Businesses
  • Jake-Zeljko Pavlovic, VP of Procurement and Merchandising, Freshlocal Solutions Inc. (SPUD.ca)
  • Erin Nichols, City of Vancouver Senior Project Manager – Zero Waste
  • Danielle Todd, Founder and Director of Make Food Not Waste (video presentation)

Regular meeting agenda, including liaison updates and working group business, will follow from 7:30-8:30pm.

 

VFPC Community Talks: Addressing Food Policy in a Climate Crisis

Please save the date for this special upcoming event, taking place outside of our regular meeting schedule.

Community Talks: Addressing Food Policy in a Climate Crisis

April 21, 7:00 pm in-person at Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Registration required via Eventbrite 

Hosted by the Vancouver Food Policy Council and Mt. Pleasant Food Network,  Seth Klein will speak to the community about his new book A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency.  Seth will share how to address the climate crisis with a “wartime approach” and how government policies could galvanize our communities to work together.

Following his talk, we invite panelists to speak to the climate affects on our food system in the Lower Mainland, and to develop solutions together. After seeing the impacts of climate change in our backyards last year, it’s time to understand more fully how we need to adapt and what needs to change within our food system.

March 31st, 2022 – Join International Experts in Learning About School Food Programs!

Join the Vancouver Food Policy Council to Learn about School Meal Programs and Vision for Our Community

All are welcome
March 31st 6-7:30pm 
Online, link to join posted here 

The federal and provincial governments have directed multiple ministries to work together to develop school meal programs. Now’s our chance to work locally to envision what school food can look like in the future. Join us in learning about school food programs and be prepared to envision what our future school meal program can be! Come learn from our esteemed panel:

  • Dr. Jennifer Gaddis, assistant professor of Civil Society and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Braden Etzerza, Indigenous Lead of the BC Chapter of the Coalition for School Food

2022.03.31_Poster – Growing a School Meal Program

January 13th Meeting

All are welcome to join our meeting on Thursday January 13th, 6-8:30pm held online via Webex. Find a link to join the meeting here

This month we are grateful to welcome Kanatiio Gabriel to our meeting. Kanatiio will be presenting his vision of Indigenous Food Sovereignty and inviting conversation about the complexity and pathways towards this vision. Kanatiio works with Dude’s Club Vancouver, the Astoria Urban Farm, and the DTES Food Sovereignty Collaborative, and his biography is available on the DUDES Club website here.

Agenda: 

1. Call to Order and invitation to use chat to introduce yourself  6:00
2. Land Acknowledgement 

We will be hosting this meeting on the stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsliel-Waututh Nations, and we will be working throughout our term to build our commitment to this land, to listen to the leadership of the Host Nations, and to think always about who we are in this work together: how does food connect us, nurture us, offer healing and inclusion?

6:00-03
3. Online meeting reminders  6:03-05
4. Motion of approval of draft meeting minutes for three meetings

  • September 9th 2021
  • November 8th 2021
  • November 18th 2021
6:05-10
5. Liaison Updates

  • Councillor Wiebe
  • Trustee Gonzalez
  • Park Board – Rebecca Till
  • Social Policy – Caitlin Dorward/Jason Hsieh
6:10-35
6. Working Group Updates

  • Brief update on progress towards workplan objectives, and identify if able to organize an upcoming meeting
    • Food Waste
    • Building Food Equity
    • Children and Youth
    • Climate Adaptation
  • Meeting Schedule: each WG to have opportunity to host a meeting’s educational component
6:35-45
7. Admin Team updates 6:45-6:50
8. Bread basket (outstanding items) 6:50-7:00
9. BREAK 7:00-7:10
10. Kanatiio Gabriel presentation on Indigenous Food Sovereignty 

  • Words that come before all words
  • Intro and Context, Goals and Brave Spaces
  • Think Tank style discussion
  • WGs to offer one question/reflection each
  • Open conversation with all members
  • Draft Motion
7:10-8:25
11. Adjournment (Motion to Adjourn) 8:30

VFPC Reconvening in Sept., and Recruiting Indigenous Applicants

Post update, July 8th 2021 – Recruitment for these openings has now closed!

The last meeting of the VFPC’s term was held in April and the committee is now on hiatus as  part of the usual turnover that takes place for all City advisory bodies every two years.

During this time, new members are being appointed by Council and, once appointed, the new members will participate in several training and orientation meetings in June-July. We anticipate that the first formal meeting of the VFPC, open to members of the public to attend, will be in September.

Please note and help spread the word – the VFPC is still recruiting for two additional applicants who identify as Indigenous. The recruitment of Indigenous identifying members is in fulfilment of the VFPC’s membership structure outlined here. More information can be found at www.vancouver.ca/volunteer (scroll to the bottom and select “learn more and apply”). Or reach out to foodpolicy@vancouver.ca with any questions.

Recruiting for VFPC’s next term

Update as of May 26, 2021: General applications have closed but recruitment is still open for two members who identify as Indigenous.  The recruitment of Indigenous identifying members is in fulfilment of the VFPC’s membership structure outlined here. More information can be found at www.vancouver.ca/volunteer (scroll to the bottom and select “learn more and apply”). Or reach out to foodpolicy@vancouver.ca with any questions.

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.