Making Toronto's food charter work: a showcase of community food programs|
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The Members' Lounge of Toronto City Hall was transformed today into a showcase
of food programs, from prenatal and student nutrition to community gardens and
farmers' markets. The Food Justice Coalition and the Toronto Food Policy
Council hosted the event to introduce City Councillors to food issues that will
be crucial to our community in the future.
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone opened the proceedings by praising the community
groups for helping Toronto lead the world with its food charter. "This is the
first holistic food charter that shows what a municipal government can do when
national and international governments fail to rise to the challenge," said
"The charter is an example of the new generation of City politics that combines
social, economic and environmental benefits in one package," said Wayne
Roberts, co-ordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council.
"This charter could have remained just another piece of paper," said Food
Justice Coalition co-chair Jennifer Reynolds. "But because of the combined
efforts of community-based agencies, volunteers, City departments and the
Toronto Food and Hunger Action Committee, the public is becoming increasingly
aware of the depth of the problems associated with hunger."
The Food and Hunger Action Committee has issued three reports since 2000, and
provided the impetus for the creation of the food charter and the Food and
Hunger Action Fund. The committee's latest report, Tending the Garden, was
issued in 2003.
During the event, awards were presented to Councillor Pam McConnell and former
Councillor Chris Korwin-Kuczynski for their leadership with the Food and Hunger
Co-ordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council
Co-Chair, Toronto Food Policy Council/conference organizer