Interested in making food justice a priority in Toronto?
You're going to want to join our inaugural #foodjustice TweetChat, as we look at ways to advance our Food Nation platform, and push forward towards Food Justice Day in Toronto on May 5th.
When: 3-5PM, Wednesday, April 15
Where: Twitter! Follow @pushFoodForward and chime in with your ideas and stories at #FoodNationTO #TOpoli
What: Torontonians and special guests discussing how to advance food access, equity and good jobs in Toronto and at City Hall.
Join special guests Emily Martyn - Manager of the Regent Park Community Food Centre, Vanessa Yu - Founder of caterToronto and others
See you there.
Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow has announced support for Food Nation and the food justice campaign's five point platform. The campaign has engaged residents and candidates in all parts of Toronto and asks politicians to reverse growing poverty and food inacessibility in Toronto.
"I believe that working with Food Forward and the Food Nation Toronto platform," said Chow in a letter, "we can help include more people and help alleviate poverty in our city."
"I support places to grow healthy food in our communities using city land, community gardens, and I have specifically committed to seeing lands around residential towers in our city invigorated with food markets and community gardens. "
She continues, highlighting from her platform:
"We have 29% child poverty in the city and I am pledging to help alleviate this hunger with 36,000 more healthy breakfasts a week."
Food Forward's Food Justice Committee thanks Ms. Chow for her support and commitments. We hope to see other leading mayoral candidates endorse Food Nation with a commitment to significant results in improving food access, jobs and capacity by 2018.
In the 2010 election, leading mayoral candidates' released platforms with solutions on food access, job creation, and urban agriculture. Many council candidates also pledged support to start food initiatives with their communities, many of which have been started since that time. In this election, dozens of Council candidates have endorsed the Food Nation platform.
Candidates and Torontonians are encouarged to get involved, review the platform, and continue to build support, by making an endorsement at:
Food Forward has opened a hub downtown to meet the needs of our organization and grow our capacity to support the food movement - a space where food advocacy, community and jobs connect.
We believe in the power of our networks to create a better City through food. We've seen the results of harnessing the ideas of our members and supporting them into action through resources, capacity and connections. Our centre on Carlton St. is becoming a vibrant place for Food Forward's initiatives, volunteers, and members working to advance food justice and food initiatives throughout the City.
Consider joining us here!
A Jobstarter workshop at Food Forward's new Food Action Hub on Carlton St. adjacent Allan Gardens, transit and diverse Toronto neighbourhoods.
Our work here involves community-building initiatives, strategy meetings, entrepreneurship workshops, community partnerships, space to grow and prep food - lots to offer and more coming...
Follow the Hub on Facebook.
The space is available for meetings and events for businesses, organizations, or grassroots projects - please inquire.
Contact us for more information and let us know what you're working on: email@example.com
Looking for opportunities to make a difference through community food security or sustainable food systems? Having trouble finding a job? Want to find non-traditional opportunities in food, community, health, equity and business...while networking and growing your skillset?
This mini-conference on good food work will provide opportunities to learn how to build sustainable food systems and community food security ithrough your career; learn important skills such as grant writing; gain ideas and tips for the food job search and career development; and learn from those who've made a go at it...
Saturday, February 8th: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Food Forward Centre: 2 Homewood Avenue, Toronto
(just north of Carlton, between Jarvis and Sherbourne)
Dave Kranenburg. Currently works for CSI as their community programs facilitator. Dave used to run a national program coordinating student food banks across multiple campuses. A common thread of Dave’s work is organising people to increase access to healthy food for all.
- Q&A, Discussions with a critical look at the future of community food work, and more...
- Lunch and refreshments provided
Cost - $45
or $30 for Food Forward CSA members/monthly contributors
Only 20 spots available!
Register now at: http://pushfoodforward.nationbuilder.com/member
Funds support the new Food Forward Centre.
Our centre is wheelchair accessible. Contact with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Subsidies may be available from neighbourhood community agencies, career centres, or for students, from your faculty.
Lunch will be vegan-friendly.
Thanks to support from the Ontario Natural Food Co-op!