In 2015, the Thunder Bay + Area Food Strategy created the Community Food System Report Card that established a snapshot of the challenges and opportunities within the regional food system. Beyond compiling a wealth of data, the initial Report Card also served to increase public awareness of food system issues and to attract broader interest in building a more equitable and sustainable food system.
A more healthy, equitable and sustainable food system demands a coordinated approach to addressing food issues and to designing solutions that protect and nourish the environment, foster local and diverse economic development, build community, improve access to food, and much more.
The Report Card establishes baselines around the seven pillars of the Thunder Bay + Area Food Strategy so that progress towards food sovereignty can be measured. It will be kept as a living document that will be updated regularly with data from the community. Involvement and support from all sectors of the community will continue to be essential in this work.