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Food Nation Platform: TFPC Meeting

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Patrick Tohill

on 9 June 2015

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Transcript of Food Nation Platform: TFPC Meeting

Food Nation

Food Forward
 is where Torontonians meet to create a better City through food. We act together to educate and advocate effectively for healthy food and communities that are inclusive, diverse, ethical, local, and resilient.

Food Forward
Other Supporters
The FOOD NATION Platform
Why now?
A Few
Food Forward
Platform endorsed by
Now in our fifth year,
Food Forward
is a grassroots, non-profit organization whose volunteers work with
good food advocates,
entrepreneurs and
residents to create real
and lasting change.

Thousands of Torontonians have signed on to support the Food Nation Platform including,
1) Create Healthy Food Neighbourhoods
2) Reduce Poverty
3) Create Good Food Jobs
4) Increase Availability of Healthy Food
5) Connect Eaters and Councillors
Bring places to grow, cook, sell & buy fresh healthy food to all neighbourhoods.
Bring 250,000 Torontonians out of poverty.
Create a thousand good food jobs.
Bring fresh, healthy food to 100 food assistance programs.
Listen and support constituents on healthy food initiatives & jobs.
We need your help to put the five-point FOOD NATION platform into action.

It's Time to
Push Food Forward
Toronto's Next Step in Pushing Food Forward
Work with developers, communities & businesses to build urban agriculture, commercial kitchens, food stores, farmer’s markets and community food hubs into new housing, using City infrastructure and new policies, including improving the Green Building Standard, neighbourhood plans, and Section 37 funding.

1) Create Healthy Food Neighbourhoods
Reduce income inequality by implementing a robust and ambitious anti-poverty plan that includes food and housing. Champion income fairness to higher levels of government (increased social assistance, child benefits, or guaranteed annual income) to ensure that all Torontonians can afford healthy food.

2) Reduce Poverty
Create a new Food Jobs Office and task it with increasing good jobs by reducing barriers to employment and entrepreneurship, supporting and creating infrastructure like food business incubators, make local investments, and ensure Toronto’s neighbourhoods are food destinations.

3) Create Good Food Jobs
Improve health and dignity for Torontonians through support and funding to substantially increase the amount of healthy food distributed to those who need it. Create a $4 million sustainable fund for fresh food and the infrastructure to prepare it.

4) Increase Availability of Healthy Food
Decide top priorities with residents and work with local stakeholders to implement food justice initiatives that create jobs and healthy food solutions.
5) Connect Eaters and Councillors
Toronto Street Food Project
Building Roots TO
We11esly Market
Food Nation TO
Kitchens Forward
Martin Prosperity Insights (2010). “Food deserts and priority neighbourhoods in Toronto.” Rotman School of Management.

Why now?
Why now?
More than 50% of children in some priority neigbourhoods are living in poverty, according to a 2014 report by the Children’s Aid Society. Overall, nearly 1/3 of the city’s children found to be living in poverty.

Why now?
“Unfolding Story of Food in Toronto”. Toronto Food Policy Council.
How can FOOD NATION help support TFPC's priorities?
In what ways can TFPC support the FOOD NATION campaign?
Connect with
Food Forward @ Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400
Toronto ON  M5T 2C7
Food Forward
Funding for Food Forward's Initiatives has been generously provided by the following:
Rebecca LeHeup, Executive Director, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
Debra Lawson, Executive Director, Second Harvest
Toronto Youth Food Policy Council
Joan Lillian Wilson, Co-Chair, Toronto Youth Cabinet
Q1. How do we create healthy food neighbourhoods?

What are Torontonians saying?
Half of Toronto’s population currently lives more than a kilometre from a decent grocery store. The map below shows the relationship between these 'food deserts' and Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods (outlined in black on the map.)

Our Partners
Learning and acting on issues of food equity and justice in Toronto.
Food Justice Committee
Food Nation
campaign in 2013 to mobilize the public around food justice issues:
based on similar public mobilization campaigns in cities like New York
researched past recommendations in reports produced by local organizations working to combat hunger and poverty
conducted outreach to low-income and marginalized persons
Extensive outreach conducted throughout 2013/14 to discuss and gain support for the platform, including:
Town hall meetings and outreach at George Brown College, U of T (Scarborough), Rexdale, Thorncliffe Park, Downtown East
meetings with food bank managers, good food market managers and vendors, students and entrepreneurs
one-on-one discussions during petition drives at Allan Gardens, Black Creek, Dufferin Park, Evergreen Brickworks and more
Changing the channel from Ford to Food
Food Justice Day 2015
#FoodNationTO Tweet Up
On April 15, 2015,
Food Forward
hosted the
Twitter chat.

We wanted to hear what
are saying about
and the best ways to move our
platform forward.
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