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Parkdale People's Economy

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Claudia Reinoza

on 16 February 2013

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Parkdale Food Network ISSUE IDEA ACTION OUTCOME Lack of sustainable collaboration and clear communication among agencies responding to food insecurity in Parkdale Build a healthy, sustainable local food system Explore and facilitate community-wide responses to food insecurity Create food connections among 20+ community organizations and community members Parkdale Food Network Steering Committee Community Land Trust ISSUE IDEA Neighbourhood changes raise important questions about community control over land use and how neighbourhoods should develop: Who has access to land?; How should urban land be allocated and used?; and, Who benefits from development? Create a mechanism for community ownership of land and democratic control over how that land is used 1- Design a governance model focused on community-led processes for neighborhood development.
2- Identify vacant, abandoned and land donation prospects.
3- Leverage negotiating power of governing body to acquire properties targeted for social purpose and mixed use. Local democratic decision-making around land use; land assets remain in community control and are targeted for social use , such as affordable housing, community gardens, and non-profit facilities. ISSUE IDEA ACTION OUTCOME 1. Low-income residents on social assistance often find themselves unable to afford to fresh and nutritious food because a large portion of their fixed income is spent on rent. Meanwhile, additional payments received can restrict and jeopardize benefits of people on social assistance (a.k.a. welfare clawback).
2. Volunteer work programs for people wishing to “top-up” their income can often be ineffective at addressing larger workforce barriers. Food security accessibility tool based on alternative currency models Low income residents volunteer at West End Food Coop in variety of ways (unloading food shipments, stocking shelves, breakdown boxes). In exchange for their sweat equity, residents earn Coop Creds to buy fresh and nutritious food at the Coop. Low income residents benefit from local, organic food while gaining work-ready skills and participating in alternative economy. ISSUE IDEA ACTION OUTCOME Many community orgs providing food services rely on valuable yet unpredictable food donations. To complement food donations and meet nutritional requirements, orgs purchase essential food items in small quantities from corner stores and local supermarkets. Because of limited financial resources and storage capacity, orgs end up paying higher costs than necessary for food items. Consolidate purchasing power, logistical capacities, and relationships of individual orgs Bulk-buy key food items in order to take advantage of economies of scale, keep costs down, and increase access to healthy, nutritious and affordable food Strengthen current food programs to better meet community needs while transitioning from a charitable food distribution system to a more proactive, community economic development model of food procurement and distribution. Community Food Flow Co-op Cred Program Community Food Flow To learn more, share your ideas or get involved, visit Project start-up funding made possible by Metcalf Foundation ACTION OUTCOME parkdalecommunityeconomies.wordpress.com
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