Why does Sarnia-Lambton need a Food Charter? 

Our current food system doesn't meet the needs of our community:

  • Consumers want to know where and how their food is grown, processed and distributed.
  • Farmers are struggling with low product prices and rising costs.
  • Many families can't afford enough healthy food and food bank use is on the rise.

The Sarnia-Lambton Food Charter is a step toward community food security.

The Food Charter gives Sarnia-Lambton residents' input on the local food system by describing their vision of a healthy, sustainable local food system and ultimately enables us to make a difference through collective action. As signatories to the Charter, local government, businesses, organizations, and community members will commit to work in partnership based on this shared vision.

What could happen if the Food Charter is endorsed by the community, Municipalities and County Council?

  • Increased awareness of local food issues
  • Increased collaboration within government departments and with local businesses, organizations and community members
  • Tool in place for moving more specific, related policy forward
  • Increased support for strategies and actions outlined in A Healthy Community Food System Plan for Sarnia-Lambton
  • Additional resources dedicated to food system issues
  • New food-related projects (e.g. mobile market, new community gardens
  • New opportunities for evaluation and research
  • Stronger funding applications for food-related projects