Working towards a Just and Sustainable Food System in Durham Region, Ontario.
The Durham Food Policy Council structure consists of:
The Stewardship Committee
The Stewardship Committee acts in a position of trust to direct the organization and protect the interest of the organization. It meets on a monthly basis. The Stewardship Committee consists primarily of General Members but may also include Advisory Members as needed.
Action Groups consist of General Members and focus on specific issues, challenges, or solutions relevant for the current time period. Action Groups decide on the frequency of their meetings.
General Members endorse the mission and objectives of DFPC and the Durham Region Food Charter, and sign up for communications from the DFPC. They are voting members.
Advisory Members are non-voting members who have particular knowledge or skills that they are invited to share with the DFPC.
Lessons from Covid-19 for food system resilience
Durham Food Policy Council, summer 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, necessary food safety precautions and social distancing measures are disrupting Canada’s system of food production and distribution. As some processing or distribution facilities are forced to close or decrease their capacity, the high concentration of our food system results in significant bottlenecks, and producers are having to dispose of large amounts of food. Labour shortages aggravate this problem and also threaten producers’ ability to make a full harvest. Meanwhile, a crisis in food security reveals the need for more food production at the local scale. At this time, we are reflecting on how pursuing the objectives of the Durham Region Food Charter1 can help us through this crisis and make us more resilient to disruptive events in the future.