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June 14, 2001
Toronto's Food Charter: a celebration of success
Toronto Public Health -- The City of Toronto has addressed a major 21st century
challenge to the health and well-being of its citizens by issuing Toronto's
Food Charter. This proclamation states, "Every Toronto resident should have
access to an adequate supply of nutritious, affordable and culturally
appropriate food."

Specific measures to ensure food security for all citizens are promoted in the
Food Charter. These actions range from Public Health nutrition and food safety
programs, to the advocating of improved income, employment and housing
policies, to the promotion of community gardening.

Toronto's Food Charter is being signed today by City Councillors Chris
Korwin-Kuczynski and Pam McConnell, co-chairs of the Food and Hunger Action
Committee. Hundreds of people working on food security issues will be on hand
to celebrate the signing of the charter.

"In issuing this document, the City of Toronto supports Canada's national
commitment to the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger," said
Councillor Pam McConnell.

"The charter sets the direction by which we champion the right of all Toronto
residents to food security because it contributes to the health and well-being
of our city," said Councillor Chris Korwin-Kuczynski.

The charter arises out of the work of the City's food security movement, made
up of the many stakeholders who have worked with the City of Toronto Food and
Hunger Action Committee since 1999. Their report, The Growing Season,
containing an action plan to increase food security, was approved by City
Council on March 6, 2001, along with Toronto's Food Charter.

The event also launches the City of Toronto's Peer Nutrition Program. The
program is a training-the-trainer model in which community workers are trained
to facilitate nutrition education and food skill programs in 23 languages.

For more information about Toronto's Food Charter, call 416-338-7935 or visit

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