Further public input sought on food strategy

NANAIMO – development of a food charter and food system strategy, part of planNanaimo 2008.

A local food strategy is just a few months away from being presented to Nanaimo city council for adoption, though a few more steps need to be completed in the process.

The development of a food charter and food system strategy, part of planNanaimo 2008, was started after the city received a $9,500 grant from the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Initial public consultations and workshops were completed earlier this year, and next steps include an open house and discussions with stakeholders, including local food groups, neighbourhood associations, and businesses in June.

Key areas of importance determined earlier include food production, processing, waste recovery, food asset mapping, education and governance and celebrating food unique to Nanaimo.

In July, an online survey will be issued to the public and in September a draft food strategy will be presented prior to going before council.