While already prevalent before the pandemic began, food insecurity in Toronto has only worsened as a result of COVID-19 — particularly in neighbourhoods where vulnerable residents have been disproportionately affected by loss of income and the virus— and community organizations all over the city have been stepping up to help those in need.
In St. James Town, for example, one of the most dense and diverse neighbourhoods in all of Canada, residents have been struggling with food insecurity for years, and the pandemic has only exacerbated the issue.
“St. James Town is food insecure in that it has insufficient financial access to adequate, safe, nutritious, and culturally-relevant food,” said Josephine Grey, founder and board member of the St. James Town Community Co-op.
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By Mira Miller