Regional food council formed

The council, which will begin meeting in January, will explore food system needs across the region.

The group will explore food system needs across the Central Kootenay

The group will explore food system needs across the Central Kootenay

The first ever Central Kootenay Food Policy Council has been formed.

According to a news release, the council will meet for the first time in January, 2017, and approximately eight times throughout the year. The group will explore food system needs across the Central Kootenay, determine what initiatives need support, explore what can be done to help ensure that food producers can make a good living in the Kootenays, and ensure that residents have access to healthy food no matter where they live or what their income level.

The council consists of 26 people from a variety of sectors in the Kootenays. A full list can be found on the council’s website at http://ckfoodpolicy.ca.

“The council’s strong links with local government will ensure that where public policy can be shifted or created to address the needs identified, we will have the necessary relationships in place to make it happen,” states the news release.

The council’s co-ordinator is Abra Brynne, who can be reached at info@ckfoodpolicy.ca.

The council is funded by Real Estate Foundation of BC, Interior Health, the Osprey Foundation, Community Futures Central Kootenay, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay.