Foodshare Toronto invited leaders from several city-based organizations to discuss how to tackle food insecurity and increase accessibility for several communities at a town hall meeting Oct. 22.
The food charter is based on Canada signing the United Nations Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural rights in 1976, which includes the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger.
In the charter, it states that the City of Toronto supports a national commitment to food security and that residents should have access to an adequate supply of nutritious, affordable and culturally-appropriate food.
The town hall meeting addressed why the food charter must be updated, the experiences of particular communities requiring food security, barriers and concrete steps towards a solution.
Each speaker offered a brief history of their organization’s work in their respective communities, what problems need to be addressed and future goals.
The invited speakers include Laurie Hermiston of They Feed the People, Zakiya Tafari of the African Food Basket, Josephine Grey of the St.Jamestown Community Co-op and Antonia Lawrence of Uplift Kitchen.
The discussion was moderated by Toronto FoodShare’s Hansel Igbavboa.
Listen to the discussion here: