Food System Plan

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The City of Kingston is developing a Food System Plan that will provide a guide for the City to take meaningful, impactful, and sustainable action towards strengthening our local food system with a focus on improving food security and equitable access to nutritious foods.

This Plan will build upon and inform the work of the Department of Health and Wellness, which already supports policy, system, and environmental changes to increase access to nutritious foods. It will also support and incorporate the City’s Energy & Sustainability work as a strong, resilient food system is also one that is climate-friendly and regenerative.


*HOW TO GET INVOLVED*

1. Attend our first Town Hall! Details below:

Date: Wednesday, March 6th

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location:

  • On Zoom: CLICK HERE
  • In-person: Kingston City Hall (420 Broadway), Conference Room 1
  • Interpretación al Español disponible en Zoom

2. Answer the Kingston Community Food Systems Plan: Call for Input (English) OR Plan de sistemas alimentarios de la Ciudad de Kingston: solicitud de aportes (Español)


Why is the City of Kingston developing a Food System Plan?

  • The Food System Plan was included as a recommended in the City of Kingston's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)'s Economic Recovery Plan .
  • It aligns with other plans and projects:
  • Food systems are complex, with complex drivers and problems, which require holistic, comprehensive solutions. This plan will take a systems point of view and provide medium and long-term solutions in addition to short term fixes.
  • Having a Plan will help the City secure necessary resources to enact and/or support change to improve our food system.


What is a Food System?

In it's simplest form, a food system is the web of activities and people it takes to get food from the farm to your plate, including growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, selling, eating, and disposing/waste recovery (see image above). Because we all must eat to survive, we are all an important part of the food system!


What Are the Benefits of a Strong Food System?

A strong local or regional food system can[1]:

  • Support the local economy
  • Reduce food insecurity
  • Reduce food waste
  • Increase community and individual health by increasing biodiversity, freshness, and nutritional value of foods

It is clear that a food system is quite complex, and both influences and is influenced by a number of other systems and factors, such as health, environmental, social protection, and more. To dive deeper into the many different ways to transform a food system, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a leading global food systems entity, recently released their State of Food and Agriculture 2023.


Source: Kristin Muthui and Jim Woodhill. 2023. What Future for Youth in Africa’s Agri-Food Systems? Discussion Paper. Systemic Link Consulting, Foresight4Food, FARA, AGRA, Mastercard Foundation. Oxford.


This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The City of Kingston is developing a Food System Plan that will provide a guide for the City to take meaningful, impactful, and sustainable action towards strengthening our local food system with a focus on improving food security and equitable access to nutritious foods.

This Plan will build upon and inform the work of the Department of Health and Wellness, which already supports policy, system, and environmental changes to increase access to nutritious foods. It will also support and incorporate the City’s Energy & Sustainability work as a strong, resilient food system is also one that is climate-friendly and regenerative.


*HOW TO GET INVOLVED*

1. Attend our first Town Hall! Details below:

Date: Wednesday, March 6th

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location:

  • On Zoom: CLICK HERE
  • In-person: Kingston City Hall (420 Broadway), Conference Room 1
  • Interpretación al Español disponible en Zoom

2. Answer the Kingston Community Food Systems Plan: Call for Input (English) OR Plan de sistemas alimentarios de la Ciudad de Kingston: solicitud de aportes (Español)


Why is the City of Kingston developing a Food System Plan?

  • The Food System Plan was included as a recommended in the City of Kingston's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)'s Economic Recovery Plan .
  • It aligns with other plans and projects:
  • Food systems are complex, with complex drivers and problems, which require holistic, comprehensive solutions. This plan will take a systems point of view and provide medium and long-term solutions in addition to short term fixes.
  • Having a Plan will help the City secure necessary resources to enact and/or support change to improve our food system.


What is a Food System?

In it's simplest form, a food system is the web of activities and people it takes to get food from the farm to your plate, including growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, selling, eating, and disposing/waste recovery (see image above). Because we all must eat to survive, we are all an important part of the food system!


What Are the Benefits of a Strong Food System?

A strong local or regional food system can[1]:

  • Support the local economy
  • Reduce food insecurity
  • Reduce food waste
  • Increase community and individual health by increasing biodiversity, freshness, and nutritional value of foods

It is clear that a food system is quite complex, and both influences and is influenced by a number of other systems and factors, such as health, environmental, social protection, and more. To dive deeper into the many different ways to transform a food system, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a leading global food systems entity, recently released their State of Food and Agriculture 2023.


Source: Kristin Muthui and Jim Woodhill. 2023. What Future for Youth in Africa’s Agri-Food Systems? Discussion Paper. Systemic Link Consulting, Foresight4Food, FARA, AGRA, Mastercard Foundation. Oxford.


This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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