Stakeholders Offer Food for Thought as Upcoming Federal Election Issue

Eat, Think, Vote Peterborough event draws 60

Peterborough-Kawartha candidates and about 60 community members gather Sept. 26 for a meal and conversation about food as a federal election issue.

Issues surrounding food security and sustainability were on the menu at a recent Peterborough event that featured local federal election candidates, conversation and a meal.

Nourish and the Peterborough Food Action Network (PFAN) hosted the dinner and federal election conversation, which drew about 60 community members. The event was part of a nation-wide campaign launched by Food Secure Canada (FSC).

Peterborough-Kawartha candidates and citizens gathered Sept. 26 to discuss food as a federal election issue.

The campaign, Eat Think Vote, is connecting community members across Canada and federal candidates prior to the fall election.

The goals are to ensure food is an election issue and to encourage the incoming government to develop policy that promotes a food system that is healthy, sustainable and just.

Using the Peterborough Food Charter as an avenue to structure discussions, the Eat Think Vote event helped community members discover what the party platforms say about food and discuss why access to healthy, sustainable and just food is essential for all.

“We live in a community where having a child significantly escalates your risk of being unable to put good food on the table,” says Lauren Kennedy, registered dietitian with Peterborough Public Health, in a news release.

“One in three households with children under the age of 18 faces that dilemma.”

In response to this reality, PFAN brings together a team of citizens and agency representatives who have been working to resolve the problem of food insecurity locally.

PFAN’s vision is that everyone in Peterborough city and county will have enough healthy food to eat as part of a long-term food security strategy. PFAN brings together agencies and individuals to build community food security as part of local poverty reduction efforts.

Meanwhile, Nourish offers innovative programs focused on growing, cooking, eating and advocating for good food, while promoting health, community and fairness.

To read more about the work happening in Peterborough related to food, check out this previous Electric City Magazine story about the Peterborough Food Charter.

On a broader scale, FSC is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three interlocking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food and sustainable food systems.

FSC is working with hundreds of organizations and individuals across Canada to get the conversation started on food issues ahead of the election, as part of the Eat Think Vote campaign.

Images courtesy of Nourish.

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