Food Champions Convene at City Hall for the Launch of Food By Ward!
Food by Ward: Food Assets and Opportunities in Toronto successfully launched May 3 at City Hall. The event was attended by over 100 community Food Champions and approximately a third of City Council!
Patrick Nadjiwon of Three Sisters’ House opened the event with a land acknowledgement and a prayer. Rachel Gray, Executive Director of the Stop Community Food Centre and Chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council then welcomed everyone in attendance as Food Champions and spoke about the Food by Ward project to date. Food Champions Tania Fernandes from Rexdale, Agnes Browne and Brian Parris from Malvern each shared important food work being done by their communities, thoughts on how Food by Ward helps make that work more visible across the city, and why food work must be recognized as an essential pillar of city building.
Melana Roberts, co-chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council introduced Joe Mihevc, City Councillor of Ward 21, and member of the Toronto Food Policy Council. Councillor Mihevc asked all City Councillors to join him in supporting the important work that has been captured in Food by Ward. He also encouraged community members to reach out to their councillors to identify food priorities and work together to improve food assets in their wards.
Food for the event was catered by community partners, Flavors of Thorncliffe from the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, Cater Toronto, and Friends Catering company.
In the video below, Councillor Joe Mihevc discusses using the Food By Ward resource to strengthen local food assets and calls for a “meeting of minds” between City Councillors, city staff, and food champions to take action on local food priorities.
Photos from the event
Toronto Food Policy Council Chair and Executive Director of The Stop Community Food Centre Rachel Gray welcomes Food Champions and urges the city to “Make space for food”
Tania Fernandez from Rexdale Community Health Centre talks about the power of local food festivals
Agnes Browne from Malvern represents Scarborough and tells us about how the community has advanced food projects locally
Community Health Officer Brian Parris from Malvern speaks about addressing food security and frames food hubs as spaces that build community
Councillor Joe Mihevc invites fellow City Councillors to join him as he urges Food Champions to connect with the city to further food priorities in their wards
Some of the delicious food catered by Flavors of Thorncliffe from the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, Cater Toronto, and Friends Catering company
Food By Ward Assets Maps:
7) North York
Accessing Your Food By Ward Resource
Food By Ward resources specific to each of Toronto’s 44 wards are available for download. Please share Food By Ward across your networks!
Link to download Food By Ward resource: http://tfpc.to/food-by-ward/food-by-ward-resources
Updates and Corrections
Do you know of a local food asset not currently listed in Food By Ward? Or do you have updated information regarding listed food assets? Updates to the Food By Ward resource can be made through our on-line form. Information will be collected, verified, and included in the next round of revisions.
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