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.


  • 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


  • 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.

February 17th VFPC Meeting

All are welcome to join us for our next meeting:

Wednesday, February 17th, 6-8:30pm, Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall

Our agenda includes an extended update from the Right to Food Working Group featuring Kevin Huang, guest speaker from the Hua Foundation, who will be speaking about independent grocery stores and cultural food assets in Chinatown. We also have time allocated to a discussion of potential changes to urban farming policy with one of our City staff liaisons, James O’Niell.

Download the full proposed agenda here.

Vancouver Soil Celebration

This Friday, in honour of World Soil Day and to finish off celebrations of the 2015 UN International Year of Soils, we are pleased to bring you the Vancouver Soil Celebration at City Hall. Please join us for a free soils tour around City Hall. Andrea Reimer, Deputy Mayor, will read the Vancouver Soil Day Proclamation.

The event is presented in partnership by City of Vancouver, UBC Botanical Garden, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation and the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

What: Free tour and reading of Vancouver Soil Proclamation
When: Friday Dec 4th – World Soil Day
Time: 12 – 1 pm
Where: City Hall (453 West 12th) **meet at the community garden on the North Side of City Hall
Who: YOU! and Andrea Reimer, Deputy Mayor; Dr. Tara Moreau (VFPC Co-Chair); and Dr. Art Bomke
Van Soil Celebration

November 25th Meeting

We invite you to join us at our next meeting:

Wednesday November 25th, 6-8:30pm, Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall

We will be hearing updates from our Liaisons to the VFPC about food policy activities happening in their departments, continuing our strategic planning process, and forming working groups on specific issue areas that we will be focusing on over the coming months. Members of the public are welcome to join VFPC working groups so if you are looking for ways to get involved with the work of the council, this is a great time to come out and see where you can contribute.

See the full proposed agenda here.

June 24 Meeting: The Vancouver Food Strategy & The Right to Food Special Event

Join us for our June meeting at a special location and time! We will be having a 1-hour condensed meeting so that we can participate in the ‘Right to Food in Canada’ event hosted by the BC Civil Liberties Association.

Wednesday, June 24

5:45-6:45 – 1-hour council meeting at Woodward’s Building (Hastings @ Abbott) 5th Floor (take main elevators up to 5th floor)

*note that we are starting 15 minutes early*


5:45-6:00 – Introductions & Updates

6:00-6:45 – Vancouver Food Strategy Updates and the role of the VFPC in moving it forward

6:45-7:00 – Travel to Carnegie Centre

7:00-9:00 – ‘A Right to Food in Canada’

On June 24th, join us as we explore what it means to have a “right to food” in Canada.  Come and learn about the BC Civil Liberties Association’s right to food project and our research on how Canadian law can be used to enforce the right to food.  You’ll also hear from a panel of Vancouver experts about what communities are doing in the absence of a rights-based national food strategy and the ways they are working towards food justice and an end to poverty.

Laura Track, BCCLA lawyer and Right to Food project lead will join in conversation with:

Paul Taylor, Executive Director, Gordon Neighbourhood House
Doris Chow, Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project
Gil Aguilar, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and Migrant Workers Dignity Association
Graham Riches, UBC Professor Emeritus

Light refreshments will be provided.

This event will take place June 24th, 7-9pm at Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main St. Vancouver.  Click here to visit our Facebook event page.  Click here to download an event poster in PDF format: Vancouver-Right-to-Food-poster.pdf

Event website: https://bccla.org/events/2015/06/a-right-to-food-in-canada/


May 13th Meeting

Please join us for the next Food Policy Council meeting:

May 13th, 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall

There will be a presentation by the Park Board on their Local Food Action Plan, as well as in-depth discussions on the Roles and Responsibilities of the VFPC.

See the proposed agenda here >>

Click on the links below to view presentation made at the meeting:

City of Vancouver Presentation

Food Policy Council Presentation

April 15 Meeting: A New Term of the VFPC

The Vancouver Food Policy Council is back in action. Join us for our first meeting of the term on April 15 from 6-8:30 PM in the Town Hall Room, City Hall. Social to follow at Original Joe’s (upstairs on the north west corner of Cambie and Broadway).

See the proposed agenda>>

The list of new (and returning) members including liaisons is below. How does the VFPC get selected? As one of many of the City of Vancouver’s citizen advisory committees VFPC voting members are appointed by a committee of Vancouver’s City Council. With over 80 applicants this time for the VFPC alone, City Council had lots of talent to choose from. Read more about the VFPC on the City of Vancouver website here.

2015-2017 Vancouver Food Policy Council

Veronik Campbell

Anna Cavouras

Andrew Christie

Larry Copeland

Rebecca Cuttler

Caitlin Dorward

Zsuzsi Fodor (Chair)

Antonietta Gesualdi

Dirk Gibbs

Chashma Heinze

Kimberly Hodgson

Will Jung

Gabrielle Kissinger

Ilana Labow

Emme Lee

Pat McCarthy

Tara Moreau (Chair)

Nicholas Scapillati

David Speight

Colin Stansfield


City Council: Councillor Adriane Carr

City Council: Councillor Heather Deal

Park Board: Commissioner Michael Wiebe

School Board: Trustee Janet Fraser

City staff: Mary Clare Zak, Social Policy

City staff: James O’Neill, Social Policy

Ministry of Agriculture: Orlando Schmidt

Metro Vancouver: Theresa Duynstee

Vancouver Coastal Health: Corinne Eisler

Give Your Feedback on the Park Board Urban Agriculture Policy

The Vancouver Park Board is proposing a new policy for urban agriculture to better reflect agricultural activities now taking place in urban parks.

The proposed Urban Agricultural Policy will replace the current Community Gardens Policy and guide existing and new food-focused projects in Vancouver parks.

Please visit our website to review the new policy:  http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/urban-agriculture-policy.aspx.  Make sure to click on the “Share Your Views” blue button on the right panel to submit your feedback (the direct link to the survey is here:http://vancouver.fluidsurveys.com/s/Urban-agriculture-policy/) – the deadline for submissions is January 18, 2015.