The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with the United Way and the PEI Food Security Network, will host a food summit on Thursday, November 9 to share ideas and develop projects to move food security initiatives forward in Charlottetown and across PEI. This free event will be held at the Murchison Centre (17 St. Pius X Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lunch will be provided. Registration for this event is currently at capacity, to have your name added to the waitlist please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEI is fortunate to be acknowledged for the high quality food it produces for Islanders and for export and the impact it has on our local economy, but for many Islanders access to food is still a major concern. According to Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (2014), 15.2 percent of households in Prince Edward Island experience some degree of food insecurity. At the same time, the people who are producing food face their own challenges and uncertainties in the face of climate change, such as the rising costs of production, access to land and fluctuations in global markets.
Let's Talk Food will bring together people with an interest in food security, including farmers, fishers, government agencies, chefs, community organizations, educators, and retailers to discuss challenges and opportunities in the food system in PEI. The event will be participant-led using Open Space format in order to engage attendees in meaningful conversations, support connections between participants and develop key action-oriented outcomes from the day.
This event will contribute to several goals and actions that were identified in the 2017 Integrated Community Sustainability Plan through discussion, planning and idea sharing. Some of those goals include: working with community stakeholders to develop a food procurement policy for the City corporation and the community; incorporating food security into urban planning to ensure land use policies encourage food access in every neighbourhood; and, working with community stakeholders to develop a food security strategy for PEI.
To read more from the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/sustainablecity.php