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30 2012

Toronto’s Food Evolution

Syndicated from: Daily Bread Food Bank

At the end of March, over 150 people came together for Daily Bread’s annual agency conference. This year, the theme of food security and food access in Toronto was at the forefront of the conference, called ‘Toronto’s Food Evolution: Bringing New Ideas to the Table’. This conference brought together a range of idea-makers and food policy movers and shakers to the table to share their ideas and inspire everyone to come up with their own. An inspiring keynote speech by activist chef Joshna Maharaj kicked off the day, followed by several thought-provoking workshops as well as a showcase of innovative programs run by Daily Bread’s member agencies including The Stop Community Food Centre, Eva’s Phoenix and Metropolitan United Church. Many of the conference attendees agreed that a major highlight were the two in-depth work sessions facilitated by Linsey MacPhee and Nico Koenig of Toronto’s Drop-In Network.  These sessions allowed participants to examine food security in Toronto and explore thoughts and ideas for new programming.  The purpose of these discussions was to look at ways to improve how food is distributed in Toronto and how food programs can be improved, keeping in mind the limited resources non-profits have. Across the wide range of knowledge and experience in the room, many common themes emerged: interest in implementing cooking demonstrations so that people have a better understanding of how to prepare and cook different types of food, desires to increase cultural awareness and distribution of culturally-specific foods, and ways to increase not only community engagement but discussion around how to engage people who are already coming to access food programs.

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