Regent Park Community Food Centre
About one in five adults worldwide will have obesity by 2025 if current trends continue, say public health experts who are calling for changes to food policy.
Globally, the number of men and women with obesity rose from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014, a British led team reported in this week's issue of The Lancet medical journal. Obesity is determined by Body Mass Index, which is based on height and weight. A score over 30 is considered obese.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Grades 2 and 3 students from Lord Dufferin Jr. & Sr. public school got an introduction to the icky business of vermicomposting—the art of turning worm poo into fertilizer—at the Christian Resource Centre in Regent Park.
The class was invited to the Centre at 40 Oat St. in January for a compost-bin-building and worm-sharing workshop hosted by the Regent Park Community Food Centre (RPCFC). It was supported by Toronto Compost Leaders, a network of groups promoting composting.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
On December 7, Community Food Centres Canada and First Canadian Place took a major step towards curbing Canadian food insecurity. From November 29 to December 4, First Canadian Place pledged to match 10% of sales in their newly redesigned and relaunched Food Terrace. The result? A $25,000 gift, split between CFCC and the Regent Park Community Food Centre.
“Meeting your neighbour, knowing who your neighbour is: it creates a sense of community.” – Sean Brathwaite, Market Manager for the Taste of Regent Park
No two days are alike at a Community Food Centre. One day you might walk from the kitchen, where 20 kids are grating mountains of zucchini for muffins, to the advocacy office, where a peer support worker is helping a community member get on an affordable housing wait list, to the garden, where green thumbs are harvesting chard for the next day's lunch, and a volunteer group is helping to stoke the outdoor bake oven for a pizza bake.
When Nadira first started working as a peer advocate at the Regent Park Community Food Centre, she observed offering welcoming, healthy meals was a great way to start talking to people about the issues they are facing in their lives. “Once people have access to food, they often want information from our advocacy office.
Libraries may be the ideal environment of the bookworm, but could they be a home for real worms too? What if libraries sprouted more than just facts, but food? On April 14, the Regent Park Community Food Centre launched their first seed library in support of their community garden program, celebrating the start of the new growing season in conjunction with the start of the Bengali and Tamil new year.
A new restaurant in downtown Toronto promises to practice what it preaches.
The Front Street eatery, dubbed b.good, is giving customers a chance to share rewards with those in need.
As with other b.good locations – there are 20 of them in the United States – the restaurant has a charitable partner. The Front Street site has selected the Regent Park Community Food Centre (CFC), which helps promote food security and education for those at risk.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The municipal election in Toronto has been quite a ride so far. Amidst fierce campaigning, toe-to-toe debates, and bold proclamations for the city’s future, several groups have been working to raise awareness about food issues in the city, and encouraging Torontonians to #vote4food in the Oct. 27 election. The Stop and Regent Park Community Food Centres are among them. On October 8, over 300 Regent Park residents crowded into the Daniel’s Spectrum for an animated mayoral debate on issues of affordable housing, income security, community safety, and food security.
One Tuesday this past summer, I spent the morning thinking about the characteristics of a bad apple, and put those conclusions to literal use while sorting fruit. Was a pin-sized bruise acceptable? What about a funny shape? If you were shopping for apples at the grocery store, what would you pick up or put down?