Monday, July 11, 2016

While solving the problem of food insecurity will require a concerted effort from all levels of government, there is a great deal being done at a more grassroots level to help make sure Torontonians can put food on their plates.

Organizations such as Community Food Centres Canada (CFC), FoodShare, Building Roots and the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC) are engaging vulnerable Torontonians through a variety of programs and initiatives, providing not only food but opportunity.

Monday, June 20, 2016

There’s a sense of empowerment growing in north end Dartmouth.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is breaking ground this weekend on a massive expansion of its community farm.

“We’re goin’ big on Sunday,” farm coordinator Rob MacNeish said Wednesday, standing in what will soon be a 20,000 square foot urban farm.

“The farm will double, if not triple, in size.”

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dozens of people attended a meeting in Dartmouth Thursday night to discuss hunger in the community’s north end schools.

Roxanne Manning, executive director of the Dartmouth Family Centre said families need access to food, specifically healthy food.

“We don’t want to be talking about more packaged, processed foods. We want to be looking at more fresh food, and access to the foods that are nutritious and help us prevent chronic disease,” she said.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Toronto is used to getting accolades for its hip and culturally diverse food scene. After all, Conde Naste Traveler magazine recently dubbed Toronto one of the top 15 food destinations in the world, praising its “magnetic, multicultural vibe.”

That sounds lovely, but for most people in Toronto, food is a necessity–not a luxury item–and depending on where you live, Toronto’s food scene may not be accessible or affordable.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Chicken cordon bleu over a bed of hand-made angel hair pasta with fresh tomato sauce-- that's not my typical Friday night dinner.

It's never occurred to me to try to make it--it's French and therefore intimidating. I've never tried hand-made pasta either-- Italian and intimidating.

It did occur to an ambitious group of 13-15 year olds in the Seed, Feed and Lead program at the Local Community Food Centre.

Because of their boldness, I had three wonderful entrees on Friday night, none of them typical. I was one of five lucky judges of the competition.

Monday, March 21, 2016

I use running to knead over whatever’s happening in my work life,” says Nick Saul. “My wife and kids know exactly when I haven’t been out. They’ll say ‘Could you please go for a run?’” The Torontonian is president and ceo of Community Food Centres Canada (cfcc), a fast-growing, not-for-profit dedicated to eradicating hunger. Considering that more than 1.7 million Canadians used a food bank last year, he has a lot to knead over. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

This past January, February and March, 33 of the city and country’s best chefs came together over five unforgettable nights to create unique culinary collaborations and support Community Food Centres Canada. With the help of these talented chefs, 25 generous partners and sponsors, and 550 engaged guests, we raised $26,000 in net profits that will help us support vibrant, food-focused organizations across the country that bring people in low-income communities together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for healthy food for all. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Dartmouth North Community Food Centre teaches value of healthy meals

A program in Dartmouth is helping low-income residents eat more fruit and vegetables at a fraction of the grocery store price.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre provides three meals a week. On Saturday mornings, the centre doubles its duty by offering a produce market for up to 100 clients.