Policy for Police Engagement

Protecting team and community members from harassment and violence 

Since September 2020, FoodShare has had a policy in place to guide decision making when presented with opportunities to engage with police throughout the delivery of our programs and social enterprises.

Our approach is aligned with our commitments to social, and in particular racial justice, and our statement on defunding the police, which says:

“What we need in Toronto is leadership that can initiate an immediate reduction in the immense police violence that targets people most marginalized by the system, and works towards the abolition of the modern police force and prison systems.

Increased police presence, which includes TTC inspectors and enforcement officers, does not keep us safe, rather it threatens the lives of communities who have already been made vulnerable (BIPOC, the LGBTQ2S+ community, unhoused people, street-based sex workers, people with disabilities, people experiencing poverty, etc.). Instead of investing in policing, our city must prioritize alternatives like investing in better food access, education, increased mental health services, housing initiatives, income security, harm reduction services, accessible rehabilitation, mutual aid, conflict resolution services, transformative justice, and other vital community-based support systems.”

Our policy for police engagement (outlined below) was designed to protect our team members and the community members we work with from police harassment and violence as much as we possibly can.

At FoodShare this looks like:

What you can do:


Food Sovereignty and Abolition: A Public Roundtable 


Incarceration, Abolition, and Liberating the Food System” by Ashanté Reese

Overthrowing the food system’s plantation paradigm” by Ashanté Reese & Randolph Carr

Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice in the New Jim Crow” by Leah Penniman

Stewards: Community Gardens as Safe Havens” with Traci Nottingham, Sheryll Durrant and FoodShare’s Director of Programs and Advocacy Katie German written by The Bentway

Abolitionist Organization Takes on Maryland’s Food System

Abolition is a Collective Vision: An Interview with Mariame Kaba