food justice


Advocating For Good Food in St. James Town


Food Forward, The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council and Building Roots presents:

Advocating For Good Food in Your Community

What: St. James Town and area residents will learn how the development process works, how to communicate with city councillors and planners which will enable you to grow, cook, buy and sell food in your neighbourhood. 

When: Friday March 28, 6-8 pm

Where: Food Forward centre, 2 Homewood Ave (north side of Carlton St.)


Please register or ask questions to: or 416-459-9975. Only 20 spots available.

Foster relationships to create gardens, kitchens, food stores, farmer’s markets and community food hubs in your neighbourhood.

Refreshments will be served.

This is a free workshop. Please pass this along to anyone who would be interested. 

Thank you to the St. James Town Youth Council

This project was made possible through funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Food Jobs Forward: Growing your career and community

A Jobstarter event hosted by Food Forward:

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)

Presenters include:

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.

Emma Point: Emma is the Community and Partnership Coordinator at TAS, an innovative real estate development company based in Toronto. Emmas role is to coordinate the partnerships and community projects in TASs neighbourhoods, many of which focus on urban agriculture. She is also helping to plan the companys inclusion of food growing space for homeowners in all future developments. 

Ratsamy Pathammavong: Ratsamy leads the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario, Diversity department with over a decade of experience development and implementing health promotion programs and policies. Her current role focuses on health equity, staff and volunteer diversity and inclusion, and leading fund development initiatives focused on improving the health of ethno-racial and aboriginal communities.


- 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:

Funds support the new Food Forward Centre.



Our centre is wheelchair accessible. Contact with any questions

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!


Food Forward's 2013 top ten!

2013 was a year of many successes for the food movement, including new policy initiatives on local food and health pushing forward at the Province. We in Food Forward have been happy to be part of this, creating unique initiatives, bringing people together around strategic food building, and advocating policies to create change.

Here's a top ten list of Food Forward's 2013 achievements in job creation, policy, and capacity:

  1. Street food: Our first "Illegal" fruit stand was a big hit, bringing attention to street food back to front page headlines across Toronto and bringing renewed attention at City Hall. With our partners and members, this and much other work for over two years has helped to bring action on street food, with change allowing more vendors and foods to finally be expected later this Winter. In 2013 already, food trucks have been rolled out across the City in a new City program, and unfair permits to hire street food workers were eliminated.
  2. Jobstarter: Foodie Drinks and Jobstarter workshops and resources, along with our recent first Food Entrepreneur Meetup brought together foodies to make a difference in the City, highlight innovative projects, and add capacity to grow businesses and grassroots initiatives. Scope the papers for the amazing things our members and participants accomplish this year, while we continue to grow our Jobstarter program.
  3. Local Food Act: Food Forward created a stronger Local Food Act through a series of discussions with MPPs and staff from all parties, with petitions and letters from our members and friends. After the Premier promised Food Forward a stronger Act at the beginning of the year, we were able to finish with local food legislation thanks to many including opposition party members, with stronger commitments and a tax credit for farmers who donate fresh produce to community food programs.
  4. A centre: As of November, we now have a space of our own to strengthen grassroots advocacy on food justice issues and to create a new kind of capacity for the food movement to host meetings, workshops, and for entrepreneurs and social innovators to work alongside us through our Working Membership. Do hope you visit or consider co-working or booking with us!
  5. #foodTOEats: Our annual event went bigger this year with August's #foodTOEats featuring some of Toronto's best new food entrepreneurs and Food Idol Awards. The tastes and people were top notch, and we were able to award our first Food Sprouts Grant giving away a thousand dollars to advance food justice.
  6. Building Roots: Launched thanks to support from the Heart & Stroke Foundation... As a long-term solution to food insecurity in our neighbourhoods, Building Roots aims to bring in developers to support communities in building food hubs, kitchens, urban agriculture and food stores in all parts of the City where people can grow, cook, share, and buy good food. After a sold out launch event at Paintbox Bistro with Daniels Corporation and community members, Lisa Kates and Darcy Higgins have been busy meeting developers, architects, planners, and councillors, and are excited to launch workshops with the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council to help residents bring food infrastructure into their communities.
  7. FJC: Food Forward has launched the Food Justice Committee to prioritize issues of food inequity, working to develop and act on a deeper understanding, to move forward on food justice with new campaigns and coalitions. Stay tuned to watch Food Nation develop over the municipal election.
  8. caterToronto: 2013 was the year that caterToronto launched, a project created by Vanessa Yu with a partnership between Food Forward and North York Community House, and funded by the Metcalf Foundation. caterToronto is a network of different kinds of community-based caterers in Toronto working together for greater economic outcomes. Its first event in October brought together over 60 people of various backgrounds to share, train and meet to build their business skills and goals.
  9. Food justice events: Over the last year Food Forward partnered to coordinate many events and trainings in food justice and anti-oppression, such as with Growing Food & Justice Initiative Toronto LEG, North York Harvest Food Bank, as well as an event supporting resident organizers with Regent Park's Community Food Centre and Community Health Centre, hosting over a hundred and fifty people in discussion, food and expression.
  10. Supporting entrepreneurs: Events like May's Pop Up Picnic with the David Suzuki Foundation, we've been connecting new local, sustainable, and diverse food businesses with jobs, vending opportunities, kitchen rentals... and hundreds of eaters with great food!

Not bad work on a tiny budget + many volunteer hours by our innovative and committed members!

Of course you can't have successes without failure, and we know we haven't yet engaged enough Torontonians or created enough jobs or capacity to overcome food injustices and ensure people have decent food and jobs. We need more commercial kitchens, healthier food distribution, and political will to make a difference on food.

The challenges of the food system are quite staggering, and with all that we and fellow food activists are doing, much is still getting worse. Let's re-double our efforts and create a stronger political food movement in 2014 with leadership from stemming from those who need good food the most.


Food Forward @ The Farm!

Our friends at Black Creek Community Farm, the winner of this year's Sweet New Initiative Award, have graciously extended an invitation for Food Forward members and friends to tour this brilliant new project. They'll be following with a Cucumber Party and food justice chat in the community. Please RSVP to Liwei. See you there! Newbies most welcome :)