The right to healthy food: Advocating for a Fair Food Nation

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 — What will it take to build a future where access to healthy food is a basic right for every Canadian?

On April 7, Community Food Centres Canada will convene food justice leaders from across North America at Fair Food Nation: Envisioning a future where food is a basic right. Why are we having this conversation now? Because we live in a wealthy country, yet more than four million Canadians are food insecure, unsure of where their next meal is coming from, or missing meals so their kids can eat. We’re more aware than ever of how our food choices affect our health and the health of our planet, but many Canadians are unable to afford enough food for a healthy life. Increasingly, people living on low incomes do not have a place at the table, and that inequality is having serious effects on their physical and mental health, and on the fabric of our communities.

At Fair Food Nation, advocates for food security, social justice and Indigenous rights will offer solutions to these pressing problems, and explore examples of community-led initiatives that can provide models for how we can build a healthier, more equitable nation—from large-scale, policy-based solutions like basic income, to grassroots responses like fruit and vegetable subsidies, reinvesting in traditional food practices, and putting food back at the centre of our public spaces.

Nick Saul, President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, will engage the group in a thought-provoking panel discussion about progressive ways that an investment in food can lead the way to community and social change.

This is a can’t-miss opportunity for Torontonians who care about food and social justice, and are interested in getting involved in making change in their communities.

WHEN:         Friday, April 7, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE:     Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON
WHO:         Tabitha Martens, PhD candidate, University of Manitoba
                   Andy Fisher, co-founder, Community Food Security Coalition
                   Debbie Field, former Executive Director, FoodShare
                   Nick Saul, President and CEO, Community Food Centres Canada
All panellists will be available for interview and photos immediately following the panel discussion.

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Media inquiries:

Kennedy Baker, Communications Manager, Community Food Centres Canada
416-531-8826 ext. 228 or kennedy@cfccanada.ca

Community Food Centres Canada builds and supports vibrant, food-focused organizations that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. Find out more at www.cfccanada.ca.

 
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