community food projects

Jun
22

Hospital food 2.0

We're pleased to share this update from our Town Hall event, Healthy Food, Healthy Living: Strengthening Local Food Connections in Healthcare.

There was great coverage in The Grid with their reporter's learnings from the event. Food Forward is following-up to build on the momentum by considering creative ways to support better food in health care, with an "Idea Potluck" on June 26th, from 5:30-6:30 downtown. It will be a facilitated conversation and brainstorming session to establish where everyone is at in their work, where we want to go, and how best to help each other get there. Contact Linda (linda@pushfoodforward.com) or Elena (elena@pushfoodforward.com) for more information and to let us know you're coming!

Thanks to Sustain Ontario for partnering and recording... check their website for Powerpoint information and a video about the Seed to Feed Project with the University Health Network and Scadding Court Community Centre.

Taking the “hospital” out of hospital food

BY: JODIE SHUPAC 

Hospital food. For some, the very term sounds like an oxymoron. But healthcare institutions in Ontario are starting to pick up some of the foodie trends that have become so pervasive in society of late.

Values like local, fresh, healthy and, of course, deliciousness are beginning to enter the hospital sphere, with Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital leading by example.

At last night’s panel discussion on strengthening local food connections in healthcare, held in a committee room at City Hall, the 20-odd attendees got the chance to, as moderator and Food Forward volunteer Linda Swanston put it, “play city councilors.”

Seated at spiraled tables and lavish leather chairs, participants listened to Heather Fletcher, Food Services Manager at St. Michael’s Hospital, as well as Franco Naccarato, program manager at the Greenbelt Fund, and Elena Hall, Green Team Member/Seed to Feed Organizer at Princess Margaret Hospital, discuss the methods and outcomes of incorporating fresh, local food into healthcare institutions, and got the opportunity to submit questions on the topic.

Here’s what I learned:

Read more: http://www.thegridto.com/city/local-news/taking-the-hospital-out-of-hospital-food/

Jun
11

Event: My bad! Learning from failure in good food work

+ Foodie Drinks East-end Edition!

Working, volunteering or interested in local, sustainable, healthy, ethical food initiatives & businesses in the City? Come learn from our panel of Toronto food innovators. We all make mistakes, but do we learn from them? How can business and non-profit programs grow facing after strumbling blocks? What challenges face our sector? Come join the discussion with folks who've had plenty of success:

- Tony Sabherwal, Owner of Magic Oven

- Grace Yogaretnam, Co-Chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council

- Laura Reinsborough, Founder & Director of Not Far From The Tree

Sign-in at 7:00-7:15... Stay post-panel around 8:30 for Foodie Drinks, to mingle and learn about some initiatives and businesses in Beaches-East York and Toronto-Danforth. Join foodie Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and others to learn more about what's happening and how to get involved. Let friends know you're coming by Tweeting with #FoodieDrinks and sharing this invitation. Always the best opportunity to connect. 

Thank you to the Big Carrot for their support of this event!

Place: Toronto Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. East, just south of Woodbine Station. Accessible space.

Time & Date: Tuesday, June 19, 7:00PM-10:00PM

Cost: $5 bucks for Food Forward members, $10 for guests, or $15+ to attend & become a Food Forward member! Free for Supporting Members/monthly donors. (Pay/register at the door or in advance)

Thx for the contribution - it helps put on this event and sustain our work.

Jun
5

#foodTO Video Launch & Membership Contest

We're pleased to launch this snapshot of the good food work motion in Toronto, alongwith a membership campaign & contest to grow Food Forward & our voice. This video has sprouted up thanks to Red Gecko Productions with help from some of our friends.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, and please share this with friends. Become a member of Food Forward today!

Who should join & share? Those who care about prioritizing access to good food and good food jobs in Toronto, who want to help create an environmentally sustainable and more equitable society, while building community through food! Your membership enables our work & provides you with event discounts, great resources, and unique ways to become more involved. A donation of what you can afford keeps Food Forward sustainable. Current members can also renew or donate. 


To sweeten the deal, we're launching a membership contest as part of a drive to get more Torontonians involved. It's simple: we're asking for your help in bringing new members to Food Forward from today (June 5th) to June 22. Let us know by that date who you've referred (you can email Darcy). The member who's signed up the most Food Forward newbies will win a delicious gift basket of local & sustainable food & treats from some of the small businesses featured in our video (like Earth & City!) Good luck, and let us know if you have any questions!

Apr
27

Councillor Berardinetti hosts Urban Gardening & Food Forum

Food Forward will be participating in the Urban Gardening and Food Forum hosted by Councillor Michelle Beradinetti in Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest.  We'd like to thank her for the information and for prioritizing food solutions in her ward.  Here's more info - can you join us?

Date: Saturday April 28, 10am-2pm

Location: Access Point on the Danforth, 3079 Danforth Avenue (at Victoria Park Avenue)

Details:  The event will include workshops on Container/Balcony Gardening (including FREE compost and containers), seed planting for kids, information on the downspout disconnection program, rain barrels and face painting!

Talk with Sharing Backyards and you might find a “growing” partner! Get help with your “green ideas” from Live Green Toronto. Share your information and recipes on Seeds of the World.

Tour of the rooftop garden area – the only one in Scarborough!

Starting at 1pm:

Interested in issues of food security in your neighbourhood and doing something about it, or want to learn more? Join Food Forward in this workshop to learn more about some of the problems in our food system and think about solutions for Scarborough Southwest!

Special thanks to Access Point and Access Alliance