April 2021 Meeting

Save the date! The next VFPC meeting is:

Thursday, April 29, 6pm,
Virtually (WebEx)
Link to the meeting can be accessed here.

Join in and say hi for our last meeting of the term! We’ll be wrapping up with a continued discussion on the urban farming guidelines, as well as a reflection on the accomplishments and progress achieved in food policy in the past year.


Agenda Overview:

Opening (welcome, intros, housekeeping) ……………………………. 6:00 – 6:15pm
Liaison Updates  ………………………………………………………………… 6:15 – 6:30pm
  • Councillor Bligh
  • Councillor Wiebe
  • Commissioner Dumont
  • Trustee Gonzalez
  • Rebecca Till (Park Board staff) 
  • Rachel Telling (Sustainability Staff) 
  • Caitlin Dorward (Social Policy Staff) 
Working Group Updates …………………………………………………….. 6:30 – 6:45pm
  • Leadership team
  • Food waste
  • Food cultivation and urban agriculture
  • Children and youth
  • Development/retail
  • Community Food Programming
Urban Farming Guidelines ………………………………………………….. 6:45 – 7:30pm
  • The Urban Farming Working Group has put together a draft motion framing the history of urban farming and to ask council to remove barriers to urban farming.
BREAK ……………………………………………………………………………… 7:30 – 7:45pm
Transition to New Term ……………………………………………………… 7:45 – 8:15pm
  • Housekeeping items
  • Update on works in progress from working group to be continued in new term.
Closing Remarks ………………………………………………………………… 8:15 – 8:30pm
  • Term in review. 

Steps Towards a National School Food Program – Letter to the PM

“With income and food insecurity increasing among Canadians, a school food program on a national scale is essential to address inequality and ensure all Canadian children learn basic food skills and have access to healthy meals…”

Read this letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by our own Vancouver Mayor, Kennedy Stewart. Derived from a City Council Motion passed on March 11, 2020, it speaks in support of a national cost-shared universal healthy school food program.

Letter to PM Trudea – Shared cost for Universal Healthy School Food Program – 2020-06-16