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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For an organization, group, or partnership whose recent work has led to the development of an initiative contributing significantly to increase: good food, food justice, and/or community food security in Toronto neighbourhoods or communities.
The West End Food Co-Op is a multi-stakeholder co-operative that includes eaters, producers, workers, and community partners. Throughout their development they have been so much more to neighbourhood residents. Their nominee said they that they have been transforming their neighbourhood by motivating people to come out of their homes to shop together, learn together and invest in a 'more-than-a-food-store' vision with their own sweat, passion and money.
WEFC is about to open its doors to being a food shop, community kitchen, cannery, learning centre, and magnificent food hub. It is an insightful initiative that has put in so much work to show that small communities can have a say on where their food comes from and how it is distributed.
One of our panelists called the hub is both practical and visionary. We wish all success for this sustainable project and encourage everyone to become involved and support it, and we are looking to learn further from its challenges and successes.
Learn more about what's coming and how to support the West End Food Co-op.