A Food Charter provides a vision and set of values and principles to guide and inform planning, policy, and program development and implementation efforts toward food security and community development.
A Food Charter is typically created through a consultation process with the community members in which the charter represents. In the Central Okanagan, 2 food forums were held where Central Okanagan community members had the opportunity to share their priorities, values, and beliefs around their local food system. The COFPC (nee COHFC) then crafted the Food Charter using that community feedback and through researching other community food charters. Three drafts were created before the final draft was completed in June 2008.
Please read the finalized Central Okanagan Food Charter. If the principles in the charter are in line with your vision of a food secure Central Okanagan, please print it off and sign it! Keep it in a prominent location as a reminder. Families, students, businesses, non-profits, government, and other organizations can all subscribe to the principles within this food charter by taking them into account with decisions they make.
Families and students can use the principles in the food charter in their everyday decisions. Where did my food come from? Who grew/made it? How much impact to the environment was there through it’s making?