Lachine food system

About this project

In 2014, the Concert’Action Lachine roundtable started a major strategic planning process. Its social development approach, called “Ensemble pour un quartier qui me ressemble,” ended in October 2016 with the adoption of a five-year neighbourhood plan that focuses on five issues, including food security.

Three collective impact areas related to food security and identified as priorities for the CIP will be deployed in the coming years:

  1. Food sources
  2. Education and citizen involvement
  3. Coordination and political issues

Food sources

The neighbourhood wants to set up local solidarity food markets that are adapted to the different needs of Lachine residents, and mainly vulnerable people.

What are local solidarity food markets?

These food sources are economical, decentralized and/or mobile markets or shops that offer recovered food, fresh food (grown locally), grocery products bought collectively, or prepared meals.

Education and citizen involvement

The education program will cover not only knowledge, competencies and skills related to healthy eating but also all aspects of food security, such as short food supply chains and responsible consumption. It will focus on experimentation that includes farm visits, store visits, tastings, and more.

The goal is also to increase the number of spaces for citizen involvement with individual and collective gardens, collective kitchens, collective purchases, volunteering at agencies, and activities in the Lachine food system.

No matter how small, every action taken for food security—whether through collective kitchens, food recovery, gardening, purchases from local growers, or purchases from solidarity markets—makes Lachine residents aware they are an active part of the Lachine food system.

Coordination and policy issues

Partnerships are essential to make these initiatives sustainable.

 

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Every action taken by Lachine residents makes them aware they are an active part of the Lachine food system.