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June 13, 2001
Media Advisory: Toronto's Food Charter: a celebration of success
  
Toronto Public Health -- The City of Toronto will sign Toronto's Food Charter
on Thursday, June 14. This proclamation states, "Every Toronto resident should
have access to an adequate supply of nutritious, affordable and culturally
appropriate food."

Toronto's Food Charter will be signed by City Councillors Pam McConnell and
Chris Korwin-Kuczynski, co-chairs of the Food and Hunger Action Committee. 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 passed on March 6, 2001, along with
Toronto's Food Charter.

Councillors Olivia Chow and Pam McConnell along with Dr. Sheela Basrur, Medical
Officer of Health, will also launch the City of Toronto's Peer Nutrition
Program. This program is a training-the-trainer model in which community
workers are trained to facilitate nutrition education and food skill programs.

The event concludes with four workshops dealing with food security.

Date: Thursday, June 14

Time: 1 p.m. Food Charter ceremony including keynote address

2 p.m. Launch of Peer Nutrition Program

2:30 p.m. Workshops

Where: Members Lounge, 3rd floor, Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall,
100 Queen Street West


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