Across Toronto community-led groups are doing the vital work of supporting their communities with food in the face of some of the worst food insecurity in our city’s history.
Read on to learn about four incredible initiatives:
Since 1997, Afri-Can FoodBasket has been providing leadership in urban agriculture and fostering collaboration to advance food justice, health and social enterprise in the African Canadian Community.
Through a variety of integrated, holistic programs, Afri-Can FoodBasket addresses youth unemployment and encourages youth leadership through cross-generational, cross-cultural collaboration.
In response to the impact COVID-19 had on the community, Afri-Can FoodBasket launched BlackFoodToronto, an emergency food support program providing fresh, culturally sensitive food to members of the Black community in Toronto.
Since launching, BlackFoodToronto has served over 20,000 households, and delivers 300-500 food baskets directly to homes every week.
Learn more about Afri-Can FoodBasket and support their work by making a donation.
Launched in June of 2020, Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin (They Feed the People) have provided fresh, traditional Indigenous foods to local Elders and Indigenous folks that are houseless and living in the encampments in Toronto.
They have provided hundreds of meals and food baskets each week to the community, made by a group of Indigenous women, with the support of community donations. And they continue to push for more supports for Indigenous-led food soverignty work.
As they prepare for winter and the next few months of meals and feast foods, we are asking friends, family and community members to help support the continuation of this important work.
Learn more about Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin by following them on Instagram. Support their work by making a donation to their GoFundMe.
St. James Town Community Co-op
St. James Town Community Co-op is a resident-owned and operated community cooperative by and for racialized folks, newcomers, youth and seniors.
The Co-op is focused on addressing food insecurity and cultivating capacity and employment opportunities for residents. With 40% of St. James Town residents living in poverty, this work is essential.
Since being displaced from a temporary operating space in June, this program has been managed entirely outdoors — in the rain, during heat waves. This is unsustainable. With colder weather approaching and no hope of appropriate space, the Co-op had to end its Emergency Food Program.
Learn more about St. James Town Community Co-op and join our call on the City of Toronto to secure dedicated space and other necessary equipment for the co-op to continue its essential community programming.
Uplift Kitchen is a food security initiative created to serve Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities in Toronto and surrounding areas. During this time of global unrest, they want to serve these communities who have been affected by the pandemic and that are also suffering at the hands of systemic and overt racism. Uplift provides food deliveries to folks across Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, and Scarborough.
Learn more about Uplift Kitchen and support their work by making a donation.
Don’t think community should be left to solve the crisis of food security in Toronto?
Sign the petition to realize our right to food and email your City representatives to demand A FOOD CHARTER FOR ALL OF US.