To work together to eliminate hunger and create food security for all residents of British Columbia.
Food security requires a sustainable food system in which:
- everyone is able to acquire, in a dignified manner, adequate quantity and quality of personally acceptable food;
- people are able to earn a living wage by growing, producing, processing, handling, retailing and serving food;
- the quality of land, air and water, the well-being of animals, and the integrity of plants and seeds are maintained and enhanced for future generations; and
- food is recognized as the basis of health and celebrated as central to family, community and cultural integrity.
We recognize that food is essential to life and is therefore a human right. It is also a gift from the Creator so that both the food and its sources must be honoured.
We encourage initiatives to reclaim local ownership of community food systems and develop food self-reliance by sharing food, information, skills, and resources.
We develop and advocate policies to redesign food and related systems that contribute to hunger or are unsustainable. This includes food production, processing, transport or retail; it also includes health, welfare, education, institutions, economics, and trade.
We work to ensure that the voices of grassroots organizations and marginalized groups are heard in the process of policy formation at all levels.
We link provincially, nationally and internationally with organizations and networks committed to the same goals.
Our network therefore includes people who experience hunger and food insecurity, who produce food, who work to protect the environment, and who develop policy frameworks that foster food security for the whole population. We link provincially, nationally and internationally with organizations and networks committed to the same goals.