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, HRM affirmed its 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 team worked with residents and stakeholders to develop “grown in Halifax” solutions. As the first food strategy in our Region, it is 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. The Action Plan 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".


In March of 2023, Regional Council unanimously approved Part A of the Action Plan, which outlines the background and context for why a food strategy is needed, reports on what we did and heard through comprehensive, community led engagements, and establishes 56 recommendations for positive change across the food system.

Part A establishes the foundations and priorities for municipal and collaborative actions to deliver JustFOOD and will function as a guiding and living document until the Year 5 review (2028/29) Click on the links to the right for the Part A executive summary, full plan, and presentation to Regional Council, or click here for the Staff Report.

Approval of Part A also included the identification of priority recommendations for delivery in Year 1 of the Plan, 2024/25, aka Part B. In 2023/24 the JustFOOD team worked with the Municipal, African Nova Scotian & Black, Indigenous, and community working groups to develop the implementation strategies to advance these priority recommendations which establish roles of key leads and partners; outcomes and performance measures; and resourcing and budget requirements.


In February 2024, Regional Council approved Part B of the Action Plan and annual funding. Click on the links to the right for the Part B executive summaries of the Implementation Strategies, the full Implementation Strategies, and the presentation to Regional Council, and visit here for the Staff Report.

At this time, the implementation of Part B is not fully funded. Additional funding for the program will be debated by Council in April 2024, as part of the finalization of the 2024/25 municipal budget. If the program is not fully funded, modifications will be made to some of the strategies to delay implementation and reduce costs.


JustFOOD Halifax is building a virtual food hub with all the latest news, ways to be involved, updates on delivery of the Action Plan, and resources for community food action.
Visit to join the mailing list
and to share your ideas!

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, HRM affirmed its 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 team worked with residents and stakeholders to develop “grown in Halifax” solutions. As the first food strategy in our Region, it is 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. The Action Plan 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".


In March of 2023, Regional Council unanimously approved Part A of the Action Plan, which outlines the background and context for why a food strategy is needed, reports on what we did and heard through comprehensive, community led engagements, and establishes 56 recommendations for positive change across the food system.

Part A establishes the foundations and priorities for municipal and collaborative actions to deliver JustFOOD and will function as a guiding and living document until the Year 5 review (2028/29) Click on the links to the right for the Part A executive summary, full plan, and presentation to Regional Council, or click here for the Staff Report.

Approval of Part A also included the identification of priority recommendations for delivery in Year 1 of the Plan, 2024/25, aka Part B. In 2023/24 the JustFOOD team worked with the Municipal, African Nova Scotian & Black, Indigenous, and community working groups to develop the implementation strategies to advance these priority recommendations which establish roles of key leads and partners; outcomes and performance measures; and resourcing and budget requirements.


In February 2024, Regional Council approved Part B of the Action Plan and annual funding. Click on the links to the right for the Part B executive summaries of the Implementation Strategies, the full Implementation Strategies, and the presentation to Regional Council, and visit here for the Staff Report.

At this time, the implementation of Part B is not fully funded. Additional funding for the program will be debated by Council in April 2024, as part of the finalization of the 2024/25 municipal budget. If the program is not fully funded, modifications will be made to some of the strategies to delay implementation and reduce costs.


JustFOOD Halifax is building a virtual food hub with all the latest news, ways to be involved, updates on delivery of the Action Plan, and resources for community food action.
Visit to join the mailing list
and to share your ideas!

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 2 years 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 3 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 3 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.