Regent Park

Oct
15

Media Advisory: Toronto Celebrates World Food Day October 16, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2012) - More than half of Toronto residents live in "Food Deserts," neighbourhoods that do not have access to good quality and affordable food. On World Food Day, October 16, 2012, Toronto's community leaders are coming together at the Daniels Spectrum to celebrate a cross sector approach to achieving a sustainable local food system with good food for all.

Films that Move and Food Forward have partnered with the Centre for Social Innovation to raise awareness and action on the challenges with hunger and the way we grow, buy and learn about the food we eat.

"Many people think of hunger as a problem exclusive to other countries, but as we know, it's everywhere. Right here in Toronto, last year alone, there were a million visits to food banks," says UN World Food Programme National Ambassador Against Hunger George Stroumboulopoulos. "World Food Day helps us recognize the great work currently being done in schools, businesses and communities. It also reminds us that we have a long way to go, and need an integrated approach both locally and globally to address this widespread challenge."

World Food Day Toronto is a free event open to the public. Pay what you can donations will be accepted at the door to support Regent Park food initiatives and a Toronto training program for food entrepreneurs.

What:   World Food Day Toronto
     
When:   Tuesday, October 16th 6:00 - 9:30pm. Reception at 5:30pm
     
Where:   Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre
     
    585 Dundas Street East, East of Parliament Street
     
Tickets:   Free tickets at http://filmsthatmove.org/
     
Twitter:   Hashtag #wfd2012 #foodTO

Speakers will chat briefly about their work, then join workshop sessions where attendees can learn more and share ideas. Speakers include David Reycraft, Regent Park Food Partnership and Dixon Hall; Chef Michael Stadtlander, Eigensinn Farm/Soupstock, Erin Shapero, Environmental Defence; Mark Cutrara, Cowbell; Seana Irvine, Evergreen; Suresh Doss, Food Truck Eats; Nick Saul, Cmmunity Food Centres Canada; Laura Rainsborough, Not Far from the Tree; Tzazna Miranda-Leal, Justicia for Migrant Workers.

Films That Move is a free social change film series that brings together people from across the sectors to collaborate in their communities.

Food Forward is a registered non-profit organization in Toronto that provides a people's voice for a better food system.

 

 

Contact Information

 

Films That Move
Celina Agaton
Founder
            647.299.5444      
filmsthatmove.org@gmail.com
Twitter: @celinaagaton @filmsthatmove.org hashtag #FilmsTM

Food Forward
Darcy Higgins
Executive Director
            416.459.9975      
darcy@pushfoodforward.com
Twitter: @durabilite @pushFoodForward hashtag #foodTO

Oct
5

World Food Day Toronto: creating a vibrant local food system that works for everyone

Join us for an exciting World Food Day, hosted by the Regent Park community, to learn more about some of the food problems in our neighbourhoods, and how we can create a just and sustainable food system in Toronto.

The evening begins with a diverse local food reception with world-famous chef & Soupstock organizer/food activist Michael Stadtlander, with samples of his, and food from the community. We'll hear from Michael, government, and food community leaders on how we can work together for better food and food access. The evening will end with "unconference" style workshops giving you an opportunity to discuss and develop food solutions with our guests. 

Speakers in food justice, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship include Nick Saul (Community Food Centres Canada), Suresh Doss (Ontario Food Trucks), Laura Reinsborough (Not Far From The Tree), Erin Shapero (Ontario Greenbelt Alliance), Yung Chang (film maker), Mark Cutrara (Cowbell Restaurant), Tzazna Miranda-Leal (Justicia for Migrant Workers), David Reycraft (Regent Park food Partnership, Dixon Hall), Seana Irvine (Evergreen), Bryan Gilvesy (YU Ranch, Sustain Ontario). Meet food organizers from Regent Park and get involved in projects and campaigns.

Where: Daniels Spectrum ~ a Cultural Hub in Regent Park, 585 Dundas Street East. Toronto

When: October 16, Doors Open/Sign-in 5:15 - Reception 5:30-6:00 - Guests, speakers, workshops 6:00-9:00

How: Get your ticket here. This event is pay what you can, to support Food Forward's ongoing work and Food Entrepreneur Training Program. Learn more about how to get involved in Toronto food projects from our links above.

Event organized by food advocacy group Food Forward and social change film series Films That Move.

Diverse local + sustainable food donations are welcome for those who'd like to showcase their eats.

Tweet: #wfd2012 #foodTO

Facebook: Event page

Sponsored by the Regent Park Food Partnership, The Centre for Social Innovation, and The Michael Young Family Foundation