We take an informed approach to food justice. Our goal is to shift away from white, middle-class input and welcome multicultural, intersectional feedback, especially from those in the communities we aim to make a difference within. Together we are working towards a food sovereign, sustainable, and inclusive food future.
As Chair of the Steering Committee, we’ve provided leadership for the Food Share Network since its inception in 2013. Through the Network, we’ve been able to help distribute food from the Fruit Tree Project and Farm Gleaning to the community via the Food Rescue Project, an initiative started in 2017 to address food insecurity in the capital region.
Everyone should have consistent access to healthy, safe, and culturally appropriate food. As a signatory of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has a legal obligation to “…respect, protect and fulfil the right to food.” This means every Canadian should be able to feed themselves with dignity. Through our work in the community, we strive to connect people with fresh, healthy produce in a dignified manner.
Income is a critical barrier to healthy food and food insecurity adversely affects people of colour, single parents, and those in low-paying jobs. According to PROOF, a research team investigating food insecurity in Canada, in 2017-18 1 in 8 Canadian households was food insecure (that’s roughly 4.4 million Canadians!).
Food insecurity is a direct result of inadequate or insecure access to food because of a lack of money. We want to be part of a sustainable solution to food insecurity in Canada.
With the impacts of COVID, the number of Canadians who are food insecure is expected to double (read more about food insecurity and the pandemic here). We support a Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) as a step towards alleviating food insecurity in our country. We also support the Indigenous-led coordination of COVID-19 response and recovery as we strive to centre Indigenous voices in the discussions around our food system.
We’re always learning about food justice and below you’ll find helpful resources.
We’re always looking for another set of hands!