The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council has written a letter to our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, urging Public Health Sudbury and Districts to meet with us to discuss an exemption to Section 29 of the Food Premises Regulation. This provincial regulation prevents donations of produce grown in home and community gardens from being accepted at the Food Bank.
We know members of our community are facing food insecurity that has been exacerbated by COVID-19, and the Sudbury Food Bank has helped to bridge this gap for many households. We believe fruits and vegetables are needed now more than ever, and that fresh, healthy produce grown by the residents of our community should be accepted as donation items at the Food Bank.
Emergency food providers in other Ontario cities are able to accept produce donations from home and community gardens, so it can be done.
Please show your support for this initiative by downloading this letter, copying and pasting into your email browser, and emailing the letter of support to Dr. Sutcliffe (email@example.com).