Joined-Up Food Policy

Local priorities for national policy

Join us for a stimulating presentation from Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, on her top 5 ideas for a National Food Policy, followed by a panel discussion to explore BC priorities for food policy.

With panelists

Brent Mansfield - Executive Director, BC Food Systems Network

Dr Tara Moreau - Co-Chair, Vancouver Food Policy Council

Dr Hannah Wittman - Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC

 

Monday, March 27th

7PM – 8.30PM

Committee Room 1, City Hall

453 W 12th Ave, Vancouver

 

 

 

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

City of Vancouver accepting applications for 2017-18 VFPC term

The current term of the VFPC ends on February 28th, 2017 and the City of Vancouver is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 VFPC term. If you are interested in joining the VFPC for next term, now is the time to apply!

FAQs about VFPC membership and the application process:

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A:  All the eligibility criteria is available on this City of Vancouver website.

Q: How can I prepare a stronger application?
A: We encourage you to look around our website for more information about the council and the work we do. Past meeting minutes will give you a sense of the issues we work on and the way we work. Also familiarize yourself with the City of Vancouver information about the VFPC and about civic agencies in general.

Please keep in mind that (as our name suggests) the focus of our organization is on advancing and supporting municipal policy, so our work is distinct from that of the many community organizations delivering food systems programming across Vancouver. The VFPC is the place for you if you have an interest in municipal policy as it relates to our food system in Vancouver.

If you want to chat with a current VFPC member to get more information, please email us at info@vancouverfoodpolicycouncil.ca so that we can connect you with someone.

Q: What time commitment is expected of members? 
A: Our goal is to have an active council where members contribute at meetings, online, and in working groups. The minimum expectation is that members prepare for and attend monthly meetings (10/year) (please check your availability for 2017 meeting dates, posted here), but all members are also encouraged to join at least one of our Working Groups. Working Groups typically meet about once/month outside of full council meetings. You can find out about current Working Groups here (note that we are open to the formation of new groups based on future emerging priorities of the City and/or the interests of VFPC members).

Overall, the time commitment involved in being an active VFPC member varies for person to person and month to month. But as an example, in a typical month one might spend 1 hour preparing for the full council meeting, 2.5 hours at the full council meeting, 1-2 hours in Working Group meeting(s), 3-6 hours on Working Group and full council email/computer work, and 1-2 hours working on ad-hoc or time sensitive issues, for a total minimum of 8.5 – 13.5 hours per month. Of course if you are able to contribute more, that is always welcome but we recognize that this is a volunteer position that has to be balanced with other commitments.

Q: What are the benefits of VFPC membership? 
A: In addition to having the opportunity to contribute to positive food systems change and food policy in Vancouver, VFPC members benefit from the opportunity to network with, learn from, and befriend other food system movers and shakers.

Q: How are VFPC members selected?
A: Committee members are selected through the City of Vancouver’s Civic Committee public selection process. Current VFPC members are not involved in the selections process.

Q: When does the 2017-18 term begin?
A: March 1st, 2017.

Q: What is the application deadline?
A: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 5pm.

Q: Where do I apply?
A: On this City of Vancouver website

 

October 12th VFPC Meeting

Join us this Wednesday for our regular VFPC meeting.  At this meeting we are acknowledging World Food Day (October 16th) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th). In keeping with this theme, we are pleased to welcome guest presenter Gerry Kasten (Public Health & Home Care Dietitian,Vancouver Coastal Health) on the findings of the Food Costing in BC 2015 report. Breakout discussion groups to follow.

Wednesday, October 12th, 6-8:30pm,
Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall
All Welcome

Full agenda here

September 14th VFPC meeting

Join us this Wednesday for our regular VFPC meeting. Following our August meeting hiatus, we will be catching up on working group activities over the summer as well as discussing GE foods and the connection between food insecurity and poverty.

After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join VFPC members for a social hour at Rouge Kitchen and Wetbar (602 W Broadway)!

Wednesday, September 13th, 6-8:30pm,
Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall
All Welcome

Full Agenda Here: VFPCMtg_2016.09.14_Draftagendashort

July 20th VFPC Meeting

Join us this Wednesday for our regular VFPC meeting. Following our regular business, our Development working group will present information and a proposed motion on the False Creek Flats. The final hour of the meeting has been organized by the Waste working group, and includes a presentation from the City of Vancouver about the Zero Waste strategy and opportunity us to discuss how we might be involved.

Wednesday, July 20th, 6-8:30pm,
Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall

All Welcome

Full agenda here

Special April Meeting: Celebrate Food With Us!

Come Celebrate Food with Us on Wed. April 13th!

In place of our regular meeting this April, the Vancouver Food Policy Council and the City of Vancouver Food Policy team are pleased to co-host a Celebration of Food Policy in the City.

 Wednesday, April 13th | 6-8:30pm
City Hall – Town Hall room | All Welcome

As part of the evening, a panel of speakers will help visualize the impact of Vancouver’s Food Strategy.

Panelists:

  • Sarb Mund – Founder and Owner of Commissary Connect
  • Patrick Chau – Solid Waste, City of Vancouver
  • Aart Schuurman Hess – CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • Lauren Brown – Strathcona Community Centre Food Security Program and Neighbourhood Food Network

Facilitator:

  • Trish Kelly, Community Food Hub Director of Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and past member and Co-chair of the Food Policy Council

The evening will also celebrate and recognize 5 champions in the food movement in Vancouver, each nominated for their work impacting one of the Food Strategy goals. If you haven’t already done so, nominate someone for the Golden Carrot Award (deadline March 21st).

Please share this invitation with other key food policy influencers and in particular, any past VFPC members.