Feed Scarborough’s vision is for a hunger–free, resilient Scarborough. They seek to empower their community and provide innovative solutions to reduce poverty through dignified access to food. Feed Scarborough’s founder Suman Roy has long been a leading voice in the study of campus food insecurity in Canada through his advocacy work with Meal Exchange. When COVID-19 shut the doors of the Scarborough Junction neighbourhood’s one local food bank, Feed Scarborough came together to serve over 1000 families every week. They operate four food banks, a mobile healthy meal program out of a food truck, a mobile farmer’s market, and a community garden. Innovations include a grocery store model of food support to go, and an online small business incubator, called StartUp Scarborough. They launched the Feed Scarborough Training Centre in 2021, in partnership with the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, to provide hospitality training for youth and new immigrants.
The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) supports farmers to build resilient ecological farms and grow a strong knowledge-sharing community.
Established in 1979 by farmers for farmers, EFAO is a membership organization that focuses on farmer-led education, research and community building. EFAO brings farmers together so they can learn from each other and improve the health of their soils, crops, livestock and the environment, while running profitable farm businesses.
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is building a movement for resilient seed systems across Canada. Collaborating with farmers, seed producers, researchers, and more than 100 partners from civil society, government and business, this organization is taking action to increase the quality, quantity, and diversity of ecological seed grown in Canada. Farmers have been the stewards of seed biodiversity for centuries, so the Bauta Family Initiative honours the wisdom of farmers throughout their work.
Scarborough Food Network (SFN) is a group of community organizations, City representatives, residents and local stakeholders committed to advocating for increased local food security (tying in elements of food access, food justice, food literacy as well as the intersections of food with health, culture, environmental sustainability, and economic development), advancing a collective dialogue around building a resilient and sustainable food system, and celebrating the richness of community-based food initiatives in Scarborough.
Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity that has been providing core settlement and integration services in Toronto since 1968 . Our mission is to empower newcomers in settling and integrating as contributing members of Canadian society through diverse, professional and innovative services . CICS Vision is to have fully integrated newcomers who participate in and contribute to all spheres of Canadian Society.
The Ghana Food Movement is an empowering grassroots member network and agency of innovative and sustainable food and agri stakeholders. They are striving for building a fair and future-proof food system for Ghanaians and the environment. By celebrating, preserving and redefining Ghanaian food culture and cuisine that encourages local production, local value add, local employment and entrepreneurship, healthier consumption and healthy ecosystems will be possible. They design, execute and advise on events, campaigns and projects around gastronomy, farming and food production, youth employment, nutrition, biodiversity and food systems. Using a fresh, contemporary, grassroots and culturally appropriate approach- with a strong focus on young Ghanaians and professionals in the food and agri space, they translate stories, visions or messages into concepts and food experiences.