The City of Vancouver recently approved “What feeds us: a Vancouver Food Strategy.” The report lays out a road map to a just and sustainable food system, where “food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional well-being of our city and its residents” (p. 10). This vision aligns closely with Planted’s mission to support and champion our charity partners who are providing nutritious food in sustainable ways that build on the strengths of the vulnerable and foster community.
The food strategy recommends specific actions, such as facilitating “the transition from a charitable food model to one based on principles of a just and sustainable food system” (p. 141). The report identifies neighbourhood food networks and faith-based groups as key partners for reaching this goal, as they provide potential spaces for community gardens and kitchens, and committed, compassionate communities of people.
Planted partners are participating in the transition away from a charitable food model by:
Planting community gardens so that more fresh vegetables in our weekly community meals
Exploring ways we can serve healthy sustainably-sourced food, including seasonal produce, plant-based proteins, and limiting simple carbohydrates (such as cakes, pastries, and white bread)
Using ceramic dishes and silverware wherever possible, decreasing the amount of disposable dishes tossed out each week
Exploring ways to compost food waste
Starting a Participant Advisory Committee of guests and volunteers, inviting feedback and seeking ways to improve meal service.