Vision, Mission & Values
Good Healthy Food for All!
Most people believe that access to food is a basic human right, because, like air or water, it is fundamental to health and survival. But the question is how to make this right a reality. First, should food be subjected to the same rules of market distribution that govern, say, soap or toothpaste? We believe there is a role for non-profit food distribution mechanisms, of which the Good Food Box is one example.
What we’ve come to realize is that the “what” and “how” of food access is also important. All of our projects and programs are based on the premise that it’s not just any food that we’re talking about. We try to promote an awareness that fresh, whole foods are key to health, well-being and disease prevention, and to illustrate this principle through all our programs.
How people get their food is also important. Food distribution systems that involve communities and help to support and create neighbourhood leaders have a great potential to enhance individual and community empowerment, by leading people to feel that they have some control over this very basic part of their lives. Again, because of its material, cultural and social importance, food is special in its power to mobilize people to action. All our programs are based on this community building principle.
Increasing Knowledge of and Access to Good Healthy Food
Modelling Change and Sharing the Power of Food
FoodShare pioneers by creating empowering tools and scalable solutions, sharing freely these resources in an “open source” approach. Our staff work to support and mentor communities in drawing on their own strengths to adapt and grow solutions. This community development partnership model means that our work is leveraged exponentially, garnering impacts that grow as information and skills are adapted and passed along to others and ensuring that each dollar we invest in our programs multiplies, impacting the greatest number of people, providing tools and support that continue giving.
- Long-term Vision to ending hunger from all angles, working ‘from field to table’ using food’s capacity as the great connector to empower people by creating Canada’s most successful non-profit food hub, connecting urban dwellers directly to fresh produce, to local farmers, to each other, and to the cooking and growing skills needed to choose healthy food for a healthy future.
- Universal Programs help everyone overcome hurdles to “say yes to healthy food,” while removing stigma for those who will benefit most deeply. (As in a public library system or with the TTC, all can take part and the participation of all makes the system work. While some may have access to other options (ie. buy a book, drive a car), those who do not have access to other options will benefit most.)
- Community Development Partnership Model supports communities with information and tools (so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel), honours neighbourhood leadership and strength to adapt and grow, and creates long-term solutions with ever-increasing impacts.
- Sustainable Social Enterprise Programs pay farmers fairly while making quality produce and home cooked meals accessible to all through subsidized food distribution models, the Field to Table Community Food Hub and Field to Table Catering.
Values & Beliefs
FoodShare is committed to providing visionary leadership within the food security movement locally, nationally and internationally, collaborating with other social justice movements that share its values.
- We believe that everyone in our society has a right to affordable healthy food.
- Respect for food is key. Food must be fresh, attractive, nutritious, safe and free of contaminants.
- Because of its material, cultural and social importance, food has the power to mobilize people to action.
- FoodShare respects communities and their inherent strengths and capacities. It values their cultural, racial, linguistic, economic, religious and social diversity.
- Access to foods that conform to people’s cultural choices is important.
- FoodShare focuses on the entire food system — how food is produced, distributed and consumed.
- Urban agriculture can be increased through the development of underutilized public and private land within the GTA.
- A strong local agricultural system ensures long-term sustainable access to healthy affordable food.
- Shortening the distance between where food is produced and where it is eaten improves taste quality and the experience of food.
- Food outlets need to be easily accessible to people.
- Fresh, whole foods are a key to health, well-being and disease prevention.
- Students learn best when they have access to food and facilities where food can be eaten during the school day.
- Breastfeeding and making baby food from scratch lays the basis for the healthiest possible babies and families.