Hello Food Forward Friends,
We hope you’re enjoying the final weeks of summer and the bounty of seasonal produce that is flooding the Farmer’s Markets throughout this vibrant city.
We're getting in touch to let you know about upcoming Food Forward milestones and to share with you some of the latest news items that are worth celebrating!
- The Food Forward Community has been working incredibly hard making this city a better place through food for the past 5 years. Happy Birthday Food Forward!
- Food Forward celebrated Toronto’s first Food Justice Dayon May 5 2015 at City Hall. See the official Proclamation from Mayor John Tory here!
- Food Forward’s Building Roots initiative was named one of 10 Agents of Change by the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in February to support its growth into a social venture.
- Hosted about 50 memorable events from Etobicoke to Malvern, helping to deepen and connect the food movement across the City
- Improved the Local Food Act and municipal food policy, including street food and local food, and showing how you Can make change at City Hall
- Set an agenda for food justice in the City supported by our Mayor and endorsed by thousands of Torontonians
Congratulations to the Food Idol Award Winners
On Wednesday August 26th, Food Forward presented their annual Food Idol Award’s at the #2hot4kitchen – Woman’s Food System and Food Idol Awards and Community Festival in Regent Park.
For information on the winners of the #2Hot4Kitchen Women's Foods System Awards, keep an eye on: www.2hot4kitchen.com
We would also like to recognize volunteers, partners, and community members that work every day in Toronto building and creating health food communities that are inclusive, diverse, ethical, local, and resilient.
Food Forward Outstanding Member – Patrick Tohill
For over a year Patrick has stepped in, rolled up his sleeves, and put his communication and advocacy experience to work for good food change. He has helped build our positive connections, strengthened our communications, and advanced our Food Nation campaign. Thank-you Patrick! @Patrick_Tohill
Toronto Food Champion – Moorthi Senaratne
Moorthi has ensured hundreds of thousands of Torontonians have access to fresh, affordable and culturally diverse food. His great success and invaluable contributions stem from his deep understanding of the power of food as a tool for community development and of the long-term impacts of supporting local and global producers. @FoodShareTO
Toronto Food Champion – Antonio Andrew
Antonio is celebrated for his long-term commitment to food democracy, intersecting community and business, and - quote-unquote - “doing the right thing.” He has most definitely done the right thing by the initiatives he’s taken part in, from the innovative Riverdale Food Working Group to making lower-profit food markets viable. The Market at Eastview would not be viable or able to donate unsold produce to their food bank without his intelligence and strategy skills. @riverdalefood
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sang Kim
Real life stories are the ingredients that make Sang’s recipe for change so successful. One of Food Forward’s very few Honourary Lifetime Members, Sang is passionate about kids and food, and he is always ready to help the next generation learn and grow (and cook!). His work is dedicated to local and global communities, ranging from kid-focused Sushi Making For the Soul to teenage-mother focused One Pot Many Stories. Sang has always supported Food Forward, providing guidance for our advocacy and support for our events, and is always there to speak and encourage. @koreanjohnsmith
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sunday Harrison
For many years, Sunday's has advanced the growing food and justice initiative in Toronto, raising key issues of equity, race and diversity before others would. From starting Green Thumbs Growing Kids in 1999 to using gardening to transform schools to introducing a program for youth to develop life skills and sell food, Sunday has been an active, dedicated and encouraging presence in Toronto - and will continue to be so for years to come. @kidsgrowing
“Food is a Human Right” presented by Black Creek Food Justice Action Network
Toronto Food Networks Summit
Presented by Food Forward, North Toronto Local Immigration Partnership, and Flemingdon Health Centre
Thursday September 17th 9am-4pm
*We encourage anyone involved in a neighbourhood food network to sign up!
Food Secure Canada is making food an election issue! – Eat, Think, Vote
The government elected in the October 2015 Federal Election should work with others to ensure that the right to food becomes a reality for Canadians who are food insecure: Let’s Make Food Matter to our Politicians! Food Forward recently called for action on this agenda in the federal election at #2Hot4Kitchen in Regent Park. Join us in the Eat Think Vote Movement Now!
Did you know that Food Forward has our own Food Nation campaign, which is municipally focused, and has overlap with the Eat Think Vote platform, check it out here and sign on if you haven’t already!
Volunteer with us!
As Food Forward grows and distributes our efforts, there are key roles we need to fill to keep the organization going and growing, as an active grassroots group. If you’re interested in volunteering, especially in a key Membership or Fundraising role, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word VOLUNTEER in the subject line and brief description of your interests in food and related organizational skills.
The Food Forward Team!
- Stephanie Conroy, Internal Communications Manager