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- Day-Long Planning Event Set for Cobourg to Turn Northumberland Food Charter into Reality -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – The next step is being taken to help a new Northumberland Food Charter blossom into reality.

The working group that is promoting the Northumberland Food Charter is organizing a day-long planning event later this month in Cobourg. The event is called ‘From Food Charter to Action Plan,’ and takes place on Tuesday, February 25, from 10 am to 4 pm at 600 William Street (large board room) in Cobourg. Anyone planning to attend the event is asked to pre-register at (613) 475-0933, ext. 4235.

(NOTE TO MEDIA: Media members are invited to attend for interview and photo opportunities).

Event organizers are inviting residents and community groups in Northumberland to join to develop a food and farm action plan that reflects what is set out in the Food Charter.

“We have already made major strides to develop a food charter, and now we want to take another step forward in the journey,” says Kimberly Leadbeater, Chairperson of the Northumberland Food Charter Working Group. “We invite people to attend this planning day. Ideas and input are needed to create an action plan that will support local food, encourage economic development, promote environmental sustainability and improve access to healthy food for everyone.”

It’s been quite a year for supporters of the Northumberland Food Charter. Public meetings were first held last spring to introduce the concept of a food charter and gather input from community members. By the end of 2013, the Northumberland Food Charter had been endorsed by county council and all seven local municipalities.

“People have seen merit in a food charter for Northumberland, especially to promote locally-grown food, support farmers in our community, and ensure everyone can access healthy food,” Leadbeater says.

A food charter is similar to a strategy that reflects community values and beliefs on producing and consuming food. Members of the Northumberland Food Charter Working Group include local farmers, agricultural organizations, food banks, health and social agencies, Northumberland United Way and concerned citizens.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Kimberly Leadbeater, Registered Dietitian, HKPR District Health Unit, (613) 475-0933, or 1-866-888-4577.

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