Food security means different things to different people, but it is defined as "ensuring that all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life." The average weekly cost of basic healthy eating for a family of four in Peel region increased by 10.6% between 2009 and 2011 according to the annual Nutritious Food Basket Survey. Food is a right but many families living in poverty have to choose between food and other necessities such as rent.
A food system that meets the needs of all Peel residents.
- Improved policies that result in a more food secure community.
- More accurate local data on emergency food need and food security in Peel.
- Increased capacity of food programs to meet the community's need.
- Increased capacity and diversity of food security programs that go beyond the provision of food.
- Create a Peel food charter that articulates Peel's commitment to creating a food secure community.
- Increase the number of food programs in neighbourhoods.
- Gain consensus on a set of measurement tools that can be identified or developed and implemented to effectively measure food security.
- Promote partnerships and programs that support rural-urban food links.
Peel Population Indicators:
- Percentage of households experiencing food insecurity in the last 12 months.
Promising Local Practice:
Mississauga Farmer's Market
The Mississauga Central Lions Club hosts an annual farmer's market. On Sundays, farmers donate surplus produce to local food banks including Eden Community Food Bank and Mount Zion Food Bank.
EcoSource's The Garden of the Valley
The Garden of the Valley in Mississauga Valley Park was established in 2006 and was the first community garden created on public park land in Mississauga. The garden was created through a partnership between EcoSource, the City of Mississauga and Evergreen. The garden contains both members-based plots for rent to residents as well as habitat garden spaces and community learning plots where local youth assist with growing vegetables for food banks and shelters in the area. Due to its popularity, the garden has grown tremendously, more than doubling in size from just 20 plots in 2006 to 44 plots in 2012.