Help build a more just city

Work on food justice
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Community Hub members

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people trained in 2016

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food justice initiatives supported

Food justice is at the core of our work and mandate. We facilitate community development from the ground up because improving food access requires cultivating awareness and enhancing individual and community participation. We have made it a priority to work with communities to build a more democratic, just and equitable Ontario, impregnated with anti-oppression. We’re committed to creating awareness about systemic inequities that affect equitable access to basic needs and provide solutions to strengthen the food system. Furthermore, we wish to increase awareness of food justice across the GTA through trainings, workshops and community animation. How do we do it?

Cross-Cultural Food Access Innovation Hub

Toronto Public Health and the City of Toronto’s data have identified social, economic and logistic barriers experienced by immigrant communities, People of Colour (POC) and low income residents across the city. Some of the barriers include limited access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food. Additionally, our city-wide consultation in 2013 identified racial and cultural stigmatism, equitable access to community based resources and historic cultural trauma among the top concerns for community leaders, grassroots projects/groups, and initiatives stewarded by communities of colour, new Canadians and Indigenous communities.

The Cross-Cultural Food Access Innovation Hub (CFAI-HUB) initiative emerged as a solution to support and empower grassroots organizations to build sustainable communities. The CFAI-Hub is a platform where community led start-ups, ad hoc groups, collectives and committees can grow locally based food justice initiatives. Through a self-organization process, communities take the lead in developing solutions to address racism and exclusion in the food system. Communities also build and strengthen capacity through partnering with FoodShare.

Sustainable community development begins with capacity development for the community champions and allies that are most invested, and stand to gain from the development work being proposed. Because grassroots organizing is emotionally and financially taxing, the CFAI-Hub seeks to improve the success rate and effectiveness of grassroots organizations by relieving organizational and financial pressure on emerging community led initiatives. FoodShare Toronto provides capacity building support to our project partners through mentoring, training, consultation and overall support to emerging food access groups.

Criteria to join the CFAI-Hub:

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Please contact Carolynne Crawley via the information below on this page. For any other inquiries, please contact Bibiana, CFAI-Hub Coordinator, via bibiana@foodshare.net

Let us help you

Contact Bibiana Virguez if you have any question about this program.

Bibiana Virguez
Community Food Animation Manager
bibiana@foodshare.net
416-363-6441 x256

Program Lead

Bibiana Virguez // Community Food Animation Manager

Bibiana was born and raised in Colombia where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management. As part of her Thesis, Bibiana supported independent farmers in developing Agricultural Best Management Practices. While growing up, Bibiana was inspired by her dad’s municipal and provincial contribution in the education and social areas. In Colombia, she actively participated in Community...see full bio