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FoodShare hosts our first-ever virtual AGM

Many of you joined our Board and Staff team online as we shared our 2019 community-driven achievements and welcomed the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. Special guest Rechev Browne gave the keynote speech on his experiences as an essential worker and union organizer during the COVID-19 pandemic. FoodShare Executive Director Paul Taylor closed the event with reflections on a year of advancing food justice. 

Read Paul’s full speech.

Dismantling Fat Shaming & Weight Stigma

FoodShare Toronto and Food Network Canada brought together a distinguished panel to discuss fat shaming and weight stigma and how they intersect with other forms of oppression like racism and ableism. Panelists include: Dr. Jill Andrew – MPP for Toronto-St.Paul’s, Anshuman Iddamsetty – artist, writer, and podcast producer, maya finoh – cultural worker, writer, and organizer, Ashlea Gillon – critical transdisciplinary researcher at the University of Auckland, Natalie Borch – entrepreneur and body-confidence expert.

It’s Time to End White Supremacy in Food Systems

FoodShare Toronto and Food Network Canada present a panel discussion examining what white supremacy is, how and where it shows up in food systems, and the importance of identifying ways to push back against it. Featuring outstanding panelists: Roger Mooking, Dawn Morrison, Syed Hussan, Nomxolisi Mathe & Rich Pirog, and moderated by Karon Liu.

Leading While Black Panel Discussion

On July 22, FoodShare hosted a conversation centred around the experiences of Black leaders. The conversation featured panelists: Suzanne Barr, Toronto Chef, Activist and FoodShare Board Member, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Consultant and Former Member of Parliament, Sharmarke Dubow, City Councilor for the City of Victoria, Tyrone Edwards, Journalist and Host on E! News Updates Debbie King, Health and Fitness Leader, Athlete, and Community Organizer, and was moderated by Phillip Dwight Morgan, a Toronto-based journalist, writer, and activist.

Black Women on Black Food Sovereignty Panel Discussion

On June 30, 2020, FoodShare hosted Black Women on Black Food Sovereignty with guest panelists Karen Washington, Leticia Deawuo, Deirdre (Dee) Woods and Cheyenne Sundance, moderated by Rosie Mensah. They led a dynamic and important discussion on how colonialism, anti-Black racism, capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy are embedded in the food system.

Recipe for Change 2020

In 2020, we highlighted, supported and celebrated some of Toronto’s most dynamic and creative Black chefs at our annual fundraiser — and the best party of the year — Recipe for Change! All proceeds go towards supporting our programs and advocacy work to improve access to good food and advance food justice. 

Take a look at a night of superb food, excellent beverages courtesy of local brewers and wineries, live Reggae and a stand out performance by drag queen Jada Shada Hudson.