JustFOOD: Action Plan for the Halifax Region

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JustFOOD: An Action Plan for the Halifax Region

The municipality is committed to promoting community food security & strengthening our local food system. In December 2019, the municipality affirmed the partnership with the Halifax Food Policy Alliance and committed to co-lead the development of JustFOOD: Action Plan for the Halifax Region.
View the report that kicked-off this work.

The JustFOOD Action Plan will work with residents and stakeholders to develop “grown in Halifax” solutions. As the first food strategy in our Region, it will create a comprehensive plan to guide actions to improve food security and strengthen our local food system, with clear roles for all and the resources needed for positive change. JustFOOD is centered on food justice and building on the Halifax Food Charter, a call to action for us to work together towards

a Halifax Region where no one is hungry, where people and food are celebrated, where the local economy is strong, and the environment is protected for generations to come.


SEE BELOW for recent activity & stayed tuned for the DRAFT ACTION PLAN, being written based on your feedback and our research, coming in the FALL of 2022

JustFOOD Halifax has a Project website with all the latest news, ways to be involved, and resources.
Visit to join the mailing list and to share your ideas!



Building the Case for JustFOOD Halifax:

A first step in developing JustFOOD was to test the draft plan framework and for you to tell us what the plan should achieve. In October 2020, the JustFOOD team provided an update to Regional Council which included a draft Framework and engagement plan for the project, view more details.

JustFOOD Food Systems Workshops 2021:

Together we are building on shared knowledge and strengths, to identify actions to address gaps and strengthen our food system. In March 2021, JustFOOD hosted Workshop #1 for those working in or supporting the food system. The workshop tested draft food system goals, moving towards action. Here’s what we learned from the workshop. In addition to great ideas for action, these workshops resulted in changes to the Plan Framework and the creation of the Story of JustFOOD Halifax (see sidebar for the Story).

Workshop #2 in June 202 focused on ideas for actions to be explored and evolved through engagement and research through the summer and into the fall. Participants in Workshop #2 considered what the JustFOOD Action Plan should achieve and collaborated on what’s needed to make this a reality as we work together towards positive change. Here's what we learned from Workshop #2, which will be reflected in the key actions and strategies for change as the Plan develops.

Get in touch at justfood@ecologyaction.ca to join the conversation and help JustFOOD grow.



JustFOOD: An Action Plan for the Halifax Region

The municipality is committed to promoting community food security & strengthening our local food system. In December 2019, the municipality affirmed the partnership with the Halifax Food Policy Alliance and committed to co-lead the development of JustFOOD: Action Plan for the Halifax Region.
View the report that kicked-off this work.

The JustFOOD Action Plan will work with residents and stakeholders to develop “grown in Halifax” solutions. As the first food strategy in our Region, it will create a comprehensive plan to guide actions to improve food security and strengthen our local food system, with clear roles for all and the resources needed for positive change. JustFOOD is centered on food justice and building on the Halifax Food Charter, a call to action for us to work together towards

a Halifax Region where no one is hungry, where people and food are celebrated, where the local economy is strong, and the environment is protected for generations to come.


SEE BELOW for recent activity & stayed tuned for the DRAFT ACTION PLAN, being written based on your feedback and our research, coming in the FALL of 2022

JustFOOD Halifax has a Project website with all the latest news, ways to be involved, and resources.
Visit to join the mailing list and to share your ideas!



Building the Case for JustFOOD Halifax:

A first step in developing JustFOOD was to test the draft plan framework and for you to tell us what the plan should achieve. In October 2020, the JustFOOD team provided an update to Regional Council which included a draft Framework and engagement plan for the project, view more details.

JustFOOD Food Systems Workshops 2021:

Together we are building on shared knowledge and strengths, to identify actions to address gaps and strengthen our food system. In March 2021, JustFOOD hosted Workshop #1 for those working in or supporting the food system. The workshop tested draft food system goals, moving towards action. Here’s what we learned from the workshop. In addition to great ideas for action, these workshops resulted in changes to the Plan Framework and the creation of the Story of JustFOOD Halifax (see sidebar for the Story).

Workshop #2 in June 202 focused on ideas for actions to be explored and evolved through engagement and research through the summer and into the fall. Participants in Workshop #2 considered what the JustFOOD Action Plan should achieve and collaborated on what’s needed to make this a reality as we work together towards positive change. Here's what we learned from Workshop #2, which will be reflected in the key actions and strategies for change as the Plan develops.

Get in touch at justfood@ecologyaction.ca to join the conversation and help JustFOOD grow.



Food Experiences in the Halifax Region During COVID-19

Do you have a food story from this COVID-19 time you’d like to share... having fun with a new recipe, making new connections in your community through food, discovering a great food service, etc… Feel free to submit stories, videos, images, and other ways of telling your story. The pandemic has affected members of our community in many ways and it is helpful to hear about each other’s food related stories and experiences during this time.


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    Delicious vegetarian meals

    by Elvie, over 1 year ago
    During the pandemic we were often getting larger grocery orders to avoid repeated trips to the grocery store. While regularly having vegetarian meals has been a priority for my household for the last few years, we found that tofu and beans were easier than meat to store for extended periods of time. It was also a lot less expensive! We used our goal of trying not to waste produce as part of our objective to create a lot of interesting vegetarian meals. Among other dishes we tried, we learned the art of making crispy savoury tofu, and now it's a... Continue reading
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    food storage

    by Mike Hinchey, over 2 years ago

    So my biggest concern was trying to shop as little as I could during the covid19 pandemic shutdown in march april and may. My partner continued to work during this period ( and I could not since I am a hairstylist)so I appointed myself house manager and tasked myself with all food shopping and cooking. The biggest challenge for me was figuring out how to keep fresh vegetables from spoiling for as long as I could. I knew from experience that asparagus could be kept for quite a while if the ends were placed in water so I purchased quite... Continue reading

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    Long-distance Baking Club

    by isgreenberg, over 2 years ago

    My sister lives in Denmark and I live in Halifax, she loves baking so I thought I'd start an online baking club to keep her entertained. Every Thursday we'd video call and bake a recipe from "Monet's Table," a collection of Claude Monet's favourite recipes. We even went live on Instagram and people thought it was a sweet way to spend time together during the lock-down. We could have always done this, but being stuck at home meant we were motivated to do more things together online.