There are two types of Just Food Memberships.
Supporting members make monthly donations of their choice to help fund Just Food’s mission of sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region. If you are not interested in governance, but believe in Just Food’s vision, this membership is for you!
Click here to become a supporting member of Just Food or to renew your membership.
Voting members pay an annual $60, with a sliding scale (pay-what-you-can) from $60 to $1. A voting member is interested in Just Food governance and would like to vote at the Annual General Meeting. Your membership fee provides much appreciated revenue to Just Food, but no one will be refused membership because of inability to pay. You can pay online, or you can pay when you pick up your membership card at the Annual General Meeting.
Click here to sign up online and become a voting member of Just Food or to renew your membership.
Just Food Vision, Mission and Values
We envision a vibrant, just and sustainable food system1 where:
- all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and culturally-acceptable food for an active and healthy life;
- the principles of ecological sustainability, sustainable livelihoods for food providers, and social justice for all are upheld;
- the local population actively participates in the decision-making processes related to food at a municipal, regional, and national levels;
- people have the desire, opportunity, and means to actively engage in all aspects of the food system; and,
- food is celebrated as central to both culture and community.
Just Food’s mission is to work towards a vibrant, just and sustainable food system in the Ottawa region*.
* the bulk of our work is in the City of Ottawa and through partnerships expands to include our buy local region of Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec, and beyond.
The following values guide our decisions, actions and behaviours. We strive to:
- Promote a view of food as key to human identity and community and that advocates localized food systems within the overall goal of achieving environmental sustainability and social justice.
- Base our work in a systems approach that recognizes the interdependence and equal importance of sustainability and food access.
- Respect the diversity (and emphasize the commonality) of interests of the people and groups with whom we work.
- Work from a basis of trust, mutual understanding and respect, cooperation, equity, integrity, transparency, reliable information and visionary leadership.
- Use consensus-based decision-making processes.
1 The food system consists of all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consuming, and disposing of food and food-related items. It also includes the inputs needed and outputs generated at each of these steps.
Here is a .pdf file of our membership by laws. Please read it over and familiarize yourself with what it means to be a member of Just Food.