St. James Town is unique in its density and population but has similar food security problems as many communities across Toronto and across the country.
by Darcy Higgins
Yesterday on my way home, I ran into a community member I recognized from St. James Town, who was asking for change, and I stopped to chat. “Hunger is a big problem,” she told me, after we discussed my advocacy work.
Residents of St. James Town have often felt ignored by different levels of government when it comes dealing with issues that matter to them. But they are also very self-reliant, reacting head on to difficulties and a deficiency of resources with community spirit and innovation.
Disparities in hunger and nutrition are being addressed with on the ground discussions and projects in community food security. The work in this and nearby neighbouhoods by L.I.F.T., Green Thumbs Growing Kids, Youth4Health, UforChange and support from groups like Evergreen and FoodShare have helped with these issues, while also enhancing meals, greenspace, education and community building.
Many solutions are being explored and implemented in these community projects with an increasing growth of young leaders in food projects and related work.
Read more: http://stjamestown.ca/2011/04/15/48/
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