Our Roots

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1986

LIFT founded

Low Income Families Together began in response to Ontario’s review of social assistance and became an active group for low income families in the province.

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2006

UN Report on St. James Town

LIFT, with Ryerson University and the Wellesley Institute, submit report to the U.N.
on human rights in St. James Town. Food insecurity is identified as a significant issue.

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2011

Community Café
launched

Community Café, with funding from Tower Renewal, is launched by residents,
incubated by LIFT. Activities: pay-what-you-can community dinners, nutritional education, certificate program with George Brown.

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2013

St. James Town
Co-op founded

Feasibility study identifies a community enterprise co-op as the most sustainable and
appropriate model. The café incorporates as the not-for-profit resident-majority St. James Town Community Co-operative (2015).

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2019

Emergency Food Forum

The first annual Emergency Food Forum is held in response to global pandemic (COVID-19)

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Dec 2020

Emergency Food Program

St. James Town Coop uses Red Cross Emergency funding to distribute food hampers: volunteer-packed dry goods, produce, and ingredients like coconut milk and turmeric that are culturally appropriate for residents in need

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2021

FoodShare support

St. James Town Coop uses Red Cross Emergency funding to distribute food hampers: volunteer-packed dry goods, produce, and ingredients like coconut milk and turmeric that are culturally appropriate for residents in need