10.07.2010

What’s on candidates’ Thanksgiving menu?

As Thanksgiving approaches, Toronto election candidates are being encouraged to participate at food banks, community kitchens and gardens to educate themselves about hunger and community solutions
happening throughout the City.

Food Forward is providing a number of ideas to candidates to get involved, such as volunteering to clean up a community garden; cook a local sustainable Thanksgiving meal; volunteer or donate to a food bank; help cook at a community centre; or support a community meal such as one for seniors or those impacted by the 200 Wellesley St. fire. Many candidates have already participated in the Food Poll to collect for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

“Hunger remains a real issue in Toronto and access to healthy food is out of reach for residents in many parts of the City,”
said Darcy Higgins, Executive Director of Food Forward.

“Only 51% of Torontonians live within 1km of a grocery store, often making expensive and unhealthy food the easier option. The next crop of councillors should be learning about exciting food projects in the City that could be duplicated, while making food planning a key priority for City Hall,” he said.

There are also many events in Toronto with which municipal candidates may get involved:

• FoodShare’s Eat In at Queen’s Park Friday as part of Recipe for Change
• Soupalicious on Saturday benefiting Plant a Row, Grow a Row
• 10/10/10 Global Work Party for climate solutions on Sunday

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