St. James Town is in the midst of an urgent food crisis. Food bank lineups are long and too many in our community are left empty-handed. Residents have long been struggling to obtain a community kitchen and access to space for local food security projects, and the need is now more urgent than ever. St. James Town is a densely populated high-rise neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, and is among the most diverse communities in the world. Our underserved community of 20,000 plus residents is home to many well educated newcomers and essential workers. We need your help to access much needed secure space and resources to feed ourselves and our neighbours!
To help improve access to basic needs, in 2015, we created a resident-led community enterprise co-operative to improve community health and human rights. But it has been too hard to get dedicated space to operate our many projects. The City and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is ill prepared to make room for and assist local organizations in vulnerable BIPOC communities.