The Nelson Food Cupboard Society, in partnership with the City of Nelson, undertook a Food Security Asset Mapping and Gap Analysis project in 2014 to better understand the food security assets within the municipality, as well as the gaps in services and distinct needs of our community. The project created a visual map of the food security assets in Nelson and a report prioritizing the gaps, along with program, partnership and policy recommendations for improved food security for the City.
The community identified food security as an important issue in the City’s Official Community Plan and Path to 2040 research. In addition to the City being interested in better understanding the local food system to support their work, the results of this project are intended to aid businesses and social service organizations in planning new programs or making changes to existing work.
We reviewed food security research that has been done in Nelson and the surrounding area over the last few years and held two community consultations to get input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders. City staff, food producers and retailers, health professionals, educators, social service providers, funders, and representatives from local farming societies took part in our research circles so that we were able to produce an in-depth report and map. The community consultations also provided valuable networking opportunities.
The report was presented to City Council and the public at the December 22, 2014 Committee of the Whole meeting. The report is now available to here:City of Nelson 2014 FOOD SECURITY ASSESSMENT.
The project was funded by Province of British Columbia (Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant program), the Osprey Community Foundation and the Kootenay Co-op. Selkirk College provided the digital map.