Peel Food Charter Endorsed By Region of Peel Council
BRAMPTON (Nov. 30, 2017) – In November 2017, Region of Peel Council endorsed the newly created Peel Food Charter. A significant number of households in Peel, approximately 14 per cent, experience food insecurity. Food insecurity means that individuals and families do not have access to sufficient and nutritious food they need to be healthy and active.
In response to this need, the Peel Food Security Taskforce, a group of community members and organizations concerned about food security in Peel, developed the charter with a vision for 'a just, sustainable and secure food system for now and in the future'. The charter includes practical actions that individuals, families, businesses, organizations and governments can take to achieve that vision.
"By endorsing the Peel Food Charter, Regional Council encourages all residents and partners to contribute to a community in which all Peel citizens have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food," said Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor and Human Services Section Chair. "The Charter includes a clear set of goals and opportunities for action, and is intended to inspire ideas to help us achieve a secure food system for Peel."
The Region reports that 40 per cent of visits to The Mississauga Food Bank’s agencies came from children (Annual Face of Hunger in Mississauga Report - 2017). Between 2009 – 2016, the cost to feed a family of four per week in Peel increased by 26 percent (from $156.15 to $197.13).
The Task Force also created the Peel Food Map, a useful tool to help funders and organizations identify vulnerable communities and service gaps, and to refer individuals and families in need to local food programs, including food banks and breakfast programs. The map includes more than 200 food programs and initiatives in Peel.
For more information on the Peel Food Charter and how you or your organization can take action on food insecurity in Peel, visit povertyinpeel.ca.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 163,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.