Poverty and Racism in Toronto: Solutions via Food Systems Change

Recently, the City of Toronto adopted an equity lens and a food lens to be implemented across all city department decision making. The equity lens aims to reduce barriers for the City’s most marginalized and vulnerable communities and support best practices in the development and evaluation of policies, services, and programs. The food lens was adopted after Toronto signed onto the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration in October 2019. These two news lenses are supposed to frame city decisions and support Toronto’s social, environmental and economic goals.

For the first Toronto Youth Food Policy Council Community Meeting of 2020, the event, Poverty and Racism in Toronto: Solutions via Food Systems Change, will explore the intersection of poverty and race and how they are intertwined in our food system. We are excited to welcome speakers from the City of Toronto and local organizations who will speak to the effectiveness of policy and community initiatives in addressing poverty and systemic racism in Toronto.

The event will focus on the current status of poverty and racism in Toronto and the kind of solutions we can achieve through food systems change. Policymakers and organizations can use food policy/food initiatives to solve non-food problems in their communities. We invite you to join us to discover the power of food in driving meaningful and fundamental change for a more equitable and healthy Toronto for all.

For more information and to register, visit the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/789174118234907/