A vision of Good Food for All

Who we are

We are a not for profit organization directed by the passion of volunteer members who want to ensure a healthy and sustainable food system across Greater Sudbury.

We connect people from across the food system including areas such as farming, food processing, environment and health.

Why we were formed

In 2004, the City of Greater Sudbury and the Sudbury & District Health Unit, now Public Health Sudbury & Districts, endorsed the City of Greater Sudbury Food Charter, one of the first food charters in North America. In 2013, local community leaders and stakeholders formed the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council to help move the Charter forward and address the  many significant food security needs of our community.

Our Vision for Greater Sudbury

The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council (GSFPC) envisions a Greater Sudbury, as outlined by the Food Charter, where:

  • all residents have access to adequate, affordable, safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable food;
  • there exists a financially viable, equitable, environmentally sustainable food system (including production, processing, distribution, marketing and waste disposal); and
  • area citizens are knowledgeable about the food system and its impact on their individual lives and community.

Our Mission

The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council (GSFPC) will:

  • support the development of this equitable, vibrant and sustainable food system for the City of Greater Sudbury through research, advocacy and the dissemination of knowledge of food issues
  • foster collaboration and communication amongst other food system stakeholders including business, community organizations, individuals and government

Our Successes

Through the work of the GSFPC and its extensive community network, a food strategy was prioritized to guide the community towards a more equitable, vibrant and sustainable food system. The Greater Sudbury Food Strategy was launched in the fall of 2017 and is a guiding document for community growth and change. It describes five themes vital to a healthy community:

  • Healthy Food Access and Literacy
  • Growing Food (not for profit)
  • Forest and Freshwater Foods
  • Food Retail, Service and Tourism
  • Agriculture and Food Processing

Each theme outlines specific goals and action strategies that are needed to achieve these goals. The strategy will help bring together citizens, businesses, organizations, and municipal government to develop ideas, projects and policies to strengthen Greater Sudbury’s food system.

Our Team

Our Council has voting members who represent a certain area of food system expertise, and resource members who provide support on behalf of their organization. Both voting and resource members represent different sectors of Sudbury’s food system:

  • Academia
  • Advocacy
  • Agriculture
  • Anti-poverty
  • Child & Youth Nutrition
  • Economic Development
  • Emergency Food Providers
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • First Nations
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Institutions
  • Labour
  • Land Use
  • Public Health
  • Supply Chain

We are looking for new Council members (both voting and resource) from a variety of sectors. Contact us if you or someone you know would be interested in joining us!

2021 Voting Members

Mairi Best
Erica Lagios
Rachelle Niemela
Craig Young

2021 Resource Members

Nikki Casas – Student Nutrition Program, Better Beginnings Better Futures
Leigh Anne Cecchetto – Sudbury Community Garden Network
Jenny Fortier – Initiatives Officer, FedNor
Sarah Gatien – Sudbury District Nurse Practitioners Clinics
Shaheen Jivanjee – Dietitian, Health Sciences North
Bridget King – Public Health Nutritionist, Public Health Sudbury & Districts
Joseph Leblanc – Associate Dean, Equity and Inclusion, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Vivienne Martin – Manager of Employment Support Services, City of Greater Sudbury
Barb McDougall-Murdoch – Community Initiatives and Engagement Coordinator, City of Greater Sudbury
Julie Poirier Mensinga – Agriculture Development Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Stephen Monet – Manager, Environmental Planning Initiatives, City of Greater Sudbury
Kim Murch– Northern Development Advisor, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Carrie Regenstreif – Sudbury Shared Harvest