Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The last time I saw Nick Saul, he was showing me his surplus of beets.

The 40-pound bags towered above the silver-haired food activist, stacked to the ceiling in the walk-in fridge of the Stop Community Food Centre. At the time, none of the food basket recipients would take the beets, donated by an organic farm near Creemore.

“Beautiful beets,” remembers Saul. “But hard to move.”

Monday, February 2, 2015

Earlier this month, Community Food Centres Canada expanded its reach with the launch of its first batch of Good Food Organizations — and there are more on the way.

The 37 locales, which range from food banks to outreach centres, are those that, according to CFCC director of communications Christina Palassio, “are doing terrific work around food, or those who aren’t doing that work but want to start.”

CFCC revealed their first batch of GFOs in December, and opened up applications for a new round of GFOs on Jan. 12.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

If you’re going to change the country’s attitude toward food, don’t get buried in programming.
That’s one of the arguments that Nick Saul, president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, will bring to Food Secure Canada’s national assembly in Halifax this week. The former executive director of The Stop will appear on a panel called Moving Our Ideas to Action.

Friday, October 3, 2014

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?

Friday, September 19, 2014

On September 18, the Regent Park Community Food Centre launched as a new place in Toronto that’s bringing people together to grow, cook, share, learn and advocate for good food.

Matt Galloway, host of CBC Radio 1's Metro Morning, spoke with Emily Martyn, manager of the Regent Park Community Food Centre, about the CFC's packed Sept. 18 opening, and how the initiative will bring the Regent Park community together around healthy food.

Listen to the interview on the CBC's website.

Friday, September 19, 2014

On Thursday evening the rich aroma of grilled vegetables and grilled chicken was puffing through the atrium and out the door of Regent Park’s Christian Resource Centre (CRC) during the official launch of the Regent Park Community Food Centre, an organization devoted to fighting food insecurity, ill health, and social exclusion in the vulnerable east-end neighbourhood.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Emily McKenzie has the perfect foodcentric icebreaker to kick off the seniors’ community kitchen at the new Regent Park Community Food Centre.

“My name is Emily and I really like eating brownies and ice cream,” she announces cheerfully. “That’s the most delicious thing I can think of.”

She urges everyone to share their name and favourite food.

“I like everything — that’s my problem,” says Colleen, a tad grimly.

“My name’s Mike. I like T-bone steak.”

“I’m Alex and I like Russian borscht.”