Toronto’s first official Food Justice Day is almost here! Food justice means individuals and communities coming together to overcome economic and racial inequalities and access healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food. Here you can find the city’s proclamation for Food Justice Day, May 5th. Toronto is reaffirming our commitment to food justice and the 5 planks of the Food Nation campaign:
1. Create healthy food neighbourhoods
2. Reduce poverty
3. Create good food jobs
4. Increase the availability of healthy food
5. Connect eaters and councillors
We’ll be celebrating with a reception at City Hall connecting our councillors with Torontonians and food organizations across the city including caterToronto, the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, and many more.
Help us celebrate by spreading the word! Share the news with your networks; tweet your support with #TOFJD15 and #FoodNationTO; and contact your councillor to tell them why food justice is important to you.
And don’t forget to join Food Nation here.
- Kyla Schwarz-Lam, Food Forward Food Justice Committee
Interested in making food justice a priority in Toronto?
You're going to want to join our inaugural #foodjustice TweetChat, as we look at ways to advance our Food Nation platform, and push forward towards Food Justice Day in Toronto on May 5th.
When: 3-5PM, Wednesday, April 15
Where: Twitter! Follow @pushFoodForward and chime in with your ideas and stories at #FoodNationTO #TOpoli
What: Torontonians and special guests discussing how to advance food access, equity and good jobs in Toronto and at City Hall.
Join special guests Emily Martyn - Manager of the Regent Park Community Food Centre, Vanessa Yu - Founder of caterToronto and others
See you there.
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City consultation of street food is happening once again, with a review of the last year's new by-laws to explore additional changes. A presentation will be held with an opportunity for public comment:
Committee Room 1 at City Hall, March 5 6:30-8:30PM
Learn how to make a deputation here.
Food Forward is pleased with the City's review of policy, with additional recommendations to make it more viable for food trucks to operate in Toronto. We propose the following:
- Create a pilot project for 2015, allowing ten licenses for street food carts in the three most downtown wards. Currently no new food carts are allowed, however Torontonians and tourists are hungry for more options. With the number of hot dog carts dropping precipitously over the last several years, there are many available spots to try something, and food diversity is to be encouraged and in great demand.
- In addition to your proposed changes, such as the increased time a vendor is allowed to park, we encourage the City to allow food trucks to park within 25, not 50 metres of a restaurant, as is the case in Calgary and London (where a food truck license is $1,225), and to allow restaurants the choice to opt out of this to support collaborative opportunities.
- As we have in the past, we ask Licensing and Standards to work with us and others to explore licensing of other types of street food, in a way that would enable food access and support new entrepreneurs for those with small mobile food vending like carts, bicycles, produce stands, and mini-markets with locally grown foods.
Food Forward has worked with partners since 2011 to bring about changes to the City's street food environment, resulting in more opportunities and an increase in diverse street food in city streets, parks and private properties.