food policy


Food Forward Honouary Lifetime Members

Tracy Phillippi (2013)

Food Forward had the pleasure of honouring Tracy Phillippi, Founder and past Chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, at her last meeting with the Council last night.  Tracy becomes Food Forward's first Honourary Lifetime Member, for her work in animating Toronto's good food scene, advocating for good food policy and bringing together the next generation of food actionists in Toronto, while being a model for other cities around the world.

Through the application of her graduate research, Tracy worked to form the TYFPC, providing a youth voice for food policy within Toronto City government.  The TYFPC is now a thriving and dynamic organization that has played a key role in influencing policy, providing opportunities for young people, and developing the role of youth in the future of the food sector.  Food Forward has had the opportunity to create several partnerships with the TYFPC as of late, including our joint Foodie Drinks - Student Edition.


Michelle German-MacIntosh (2014)

Michelle was honoured as a Food Forward Honourary Lifetime Member, for her years of dedication and commitment to good food advocacy. A long-time food advocate at City Hall, German-MacIntosh has served in the past as a board member at Food Forward and is outgoing chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council. Her energy and critical thinking has taken the food movement far and we are pleased to offer our thanks and  congratulations.

Sang Kim (2015)

Real life stories are the ingredients that make Sang’s recipe for change so successful. One of Food Forward’s very few Honourary Lifetime Members, Sang is passionate about kids and food, and he is always ready to help the next generation learn and grow (and cook!).  His work is dedicated to local and global communities, ranging from kid-focused Sushi Making For the Soul to teenage-mother focused One Pot Many Stories. Sang has always supported Food Forward, providing guidance for our advocacy and support for our events, and is always there to speak and encourage.

Sunday Harrison (2015)

For many years, Sunday's has advanced the growing food and justice initiative in Toronto, raising key issues of equity, race and diversity before others would. From starting Green Thumbs Growing Kids in 1999 to using gardening to transform schools to introducing a program for youth to develop life skills and sell food, Sunday has been an active, dedicated and encouraging presence in Toronto - and will continue to be so for years to come. 


Foodie Drinks - Students' edition

You only have to be young at heart to come to our next Foodie Drinks. Food Forward is excited to partner with the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council to present what could be our biggest Foodie Drinks yet, complete with a special focus on campus food initiatives and research happening across the City, as well as music, good eats and local drinks.

Foodie Drinks is our monthly chance to mingle, network and build new relationships in Toronto's food movement. No matter where you work, volunteer, or are just interested in good praxis, this is a great place to make and see friends. Invite someone along to make it grow. 

This Foodie Drinks, to follow directly after the TYFPC public meeting, is also our chance to celebrate the launch of Gathering, the Council's new youth journal on food issues! Join us to meet some of the contributors and find out how to access the journal online. As usual, we'll also be featuring speakers, and are happy to ahve Devin Holterman to discuss York's Green Campus Co-op, and Zoe McKnight from Ryerson's  School of Journalism to discuss her Master's research in Canadian food policy.

The Free Times is a 30 year old Toronto stronghold carrying llots of local, organic and veggie food & local drink. Menu focus on Middle-Eastern and Jewish fare available for purchase.
We'll be featuring the award winning Nut Brown beer from the Black Oak Brewing Company and thanks to their support, $1 each from your purchase of this brew will be donated both to TYFPC and Food Forward.

Let people know you're coming on Twitter with #FoodieDrinks and attend on Facebook. Get your pic snapped in our photobooth by photographer Justin Ing.

Free entrance. But grab a Food Forward membership for ten bucks to get involved and advocate for a better food system. Or join now online.

Click here to learn about more food initiatives on Toronto campuses.

We'd like to thank:

- Equity Studies, New College (U of T) for their support of this event. Check out their food-focused program:

- The Centre of Food Security, Ryerson University. They have a Certificate in Food Security:

Location: Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. (near Spadina)

Time: 8:30PM/after the TYFPC meeting, Monday, March 5



What's your twelfth?

St. James Town Good Food Project, September 2011

by Darcy Higgins

The last few years have seen Toronto, a City without the culinary tradition of other global cities, bringing good food to the forefront.  Our streets have seen witness to the rise of yum, with great restaurants, urban agriculture, food centres, neighbourhood dinners, farmer’s markets, community canning, and food boxes.

The past year was a particularly exciting year with campus, school and community food projects and micro-businesses filling gaps and needs throughout the City, and innovative events like Food Truck Eats, Scadding Court’s Live Local Marketplace, Leslieville’s Winter Food Mix, the Rusholme Park Supper Club, and the Toronto Underground Market.

The coming year will see a plethora of activity that keeps food climbing to the centre of Torontonians’ desires for wellness, sustainability, equity and new jobs.  Here’s a head’s up on 12 changes, trends and happenings to watch and participate in.

Street food  - After a breakthrough year for Toronto street food, 2012 has all the ingredients to really get things going.  Despite setbacks with vendors in some neighbourhoods, entrepreneurs like Suresh Doss and Marianne Moroney aren’t letting barriers get in their way.  City Council’s new mix of lefties keen on health and justice, conservatives that want bureaucracy out the door, and a new group of centrist foodies could make street food a plan that works.  With many advocate eaters in public and on Council, watch for the streets to finally heat up.

The suburbs – No, The Arcade Fire’s Grammy win of the same name was last year.  2012 is all about the exciting food projects bubbling up across the City, from Scarborough and North York, South Etobicoke and The Beaches.  Soon, few parts of the City will be left untouched. The good eats already available in the ‘burbs may also get the attention they deserve.

Backyard hens – With much back and forth behind the scenes over 2011, a backyard chicken allowance will soon be debated by Council.  Popular throughout the world for fresh eggs, many Torontonians have desired the ability to keep a couple of their own for a more healthy and ethical source of protein.  Expect them to share this view with their councillors.

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Why We're Voting ON Good Food Jobs

Food Forward has been playing a big role in Vote ON Food and Farming, the provincial campaign led by Sustain Ontario to raise the profile of food and farming, by engaging residents and candidates in Toronto and across the province. We believe that good food has the power to make change. Please visit the website to pledge to make food and farming an election issue, and send a note to your candidates.

Volunteers are out at farmer's markets, festivals and all-candidate's meetings and many folks are involved in campaigns for candidates they believe will make good food change. Let us know if you'd like to get involved - email

As FarmStart's Christie Young describes here, a new food economy that supports young farmers and food businesses can happen with a little more support, with a level-playing field for new, small and ecological farmers and food enterprises. Let's raise this vision of a stronger local economy with our candidates and get some commitments for change. Some parties are already discussing these issues (see for their platforms) and we need to see them implement action in office.

Vote for food and farming October 6.