community food projects


Canada's boyfriend on World Food Day Toronto

Thanks to George Stroumboulopoulos for joining us by video for World Food Day Toronto in Regent Park. Strombo, an Ambassador for the UN FAO's World Food Programme, speaks to the need of good food access in Toronto and to a food movement that can work together to make change, especially with government. Please take a listen and share this message.


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


October @ Food Forward

We're harvesting a great line-up and wanted to share events we are sponsoring for October 2nd, as well as save the date for World Food Day, the evening of October 16th for a major event with Chef Michael Stadtlander and other community food advocates, entrepreneurs, and government, as we head towards Soupstock and the introduction of a strong Local Food Act.

As part of Social Justice Week at Ryerson University, a pair of events will aim to create a conversation with some of our friends in food and labour activism, with a focus on justice for migrant workers.

A lunch and learn from 12-2pm in Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, will have representatives from Justicia for Migrant Workers, the Agricultural Workers Alliance, Toronto Food Policy Council, and Food Secure Canada, with special guests, to Peruvian migrant workers who survived the tragic accident that killed ten workers in February of this year.

A participatory workshop, "Building Alliances for Sustainable Food and Just Labour" will take place to continue the dialogue, between 2:30-5pm. We welcome our members and friends interested in these issues to bring a critical dialogue.

Please RSVP to We particularly welcome young people and those from immigrant and racialized communities to attend.

In the evening, we are pleased to be sponsoring a much anticipated screening of Crackdown! Included will be a panel discussion with Matthew Bailey-Dick (Waterloo Hen Association), Chris Schafer (Canadian Constitution Foundation), Dr. Barry Pakes (public health, ER and primate care physician), Anonymous Toronto chicken keeper, Carolyn Young (Sustain Ontario), Jan Keck (film maker). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Please mark down World Food Day downtown for our biggest event yet, more details next week. Take a look below for Global Food Equity Events around World Food Day in October.


Volunteer positions

Join the Food Forward team. Let us know if you can help us expand our work for good food and good food jobs in Toronto...

Outreach and Web Communications

Role: Support Food Forward outreach in Toronto and connecting local events through web promotion and in-person attendance at events.

-Research and share Toronto good food events

-Promote Food Forward activity with the broader community

-Outreach and support Food Forward activities at local events

Skills to have and develop:  Web and google tools, social media, written and verbal communications, organizational, dynamic personality

Commitment: 2-4 hours/week, 2+ month commitment

Event Organizer

Role : Help us organize meaningful and impactful events for the local community.

-Support development and delivery of Food Forward public events

-Organization of logistics: event design, speakers, bookings, materials

-Support coordination of tasks and volunteers for events

Skills to have and develop:  Event planning, verbal communications, organizational skills

Commitment: 3-4 hours/week, 2+ month commitment

New Business Training Assistant

Role : Support the development of business training for new entrepreneurs developing sustainable food businesses.

-Coordination and logistics of training sessions in Toronto

-Support development of training materials and facilitated sessions for attendees

-Promote sessions and connect with attendees to gain feedback and lessons learned

Skills to have and develop:  Event planning, written and verbal communications, social media, research, small business 

Commitment: 3-5 hours/week throughout the Fall

Food For Ward Rep

Role : Be our rep in your ward to help connect, educate, and advocate for good food work in your area.

-Participate in local events and meetings as you’re able

-Support others in our network to connect the dots of local projects, businesses, and issues

-Support development of local resources and maps, and broader advocacy

Skills to have and develop:  written and verbal communications, organizational, email and google tools, curiousity, connector, and an interest in your community and a variety of good food work 

Commitment: 2 hours/week, 3+ month commitment 


Contact Darcy Higgins to discuss your interest in supporting our common goals. Email: