December 3, 2014
by Rivka Kushner

TYFPC Discussion Meet-Up: Food Bank Accessibility

Come and join us to discuss food bank accessibility and help us develop a project around the issue of food bank accessibility in Toronto!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Early Bird Espresso & Brew Bar, 613 Queen Street West, Toronto

We will be brainstorming how we can support food bank accessibility for undocumented residents in Toronto, with a broad perspective on how to support change in our community. We will be looking back on the discussion at the last community meeting with speakers from North York Harvest Food Bank, No One is Illegal, and the Ryerson Good Food Centre. Find our table by looking for the TYFPC t-shirts!

For more information or to RSVP, please email Rivka at or check out the Facebook event.

The nearest accessible TTC stop is Queen Street on the Spadina Streetcar. From there, head West past Portland Street (but before Bathurst Street). The cafe is on the south side of the street.

The venue and washrooms are wheelchair accessible. Click here for more details from Access TO.

The TYFPC strives to create accessible and inclusive spaces for all its members. If we require accommodation to ensure your participation, please email

November 25, 2014
by Kyla Schwarz-Lam

Celebrating the second issue of Gathering

Earlier this month we were excited to officially launch the second issue of Gathering, which you can find here. We celebrated the launch with a party at the CSI Regent Park, in the Daniels Spectrum. We spent a lively and thought-provoking evening discussing the publishing process and gaps in food research that need to be addressed. Joel Fridman, one of the TYFPC’s Education Committee leads last year and an instrumental force in publishing this issue, spoke about the process of editing and publishing Gathering; Genevieve Fullan, who contributed an article to this issue about the need for a systems approach to Student Nutrition Programs in Ontario, spoke about her experiences having her work published; and Julia Cottle and Margaret Bancerz who sat on the editorial board gave us their perspective on the editing process. Wally Seccombe, one of Everdale’s founders and a long-time Toronto Food Policy Council member, and Anne Freeman, manager of the Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market and the coordinator for the Toronto Farmers’ Market Network, spoke about the importance and challenges of reporting on food research back to the communities that are involved, in addition to general audiences.


L to R: Genevieve Fullan, Juneeja Varghese, Joel Fridman, Kyla Schwarz-Lam, Alia Karim

Of course, with the publishing of one issue of Gathering, we are beginning work on the next issue! You can find more information here. We are also excited to announce that we are beginning a new journal featuring creative works about food. You can find more information about that here. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email us at

November 25, 2014
by Kaylen Fredrickson

Community Meeting: Hidden Hunger: Food Bank Accessibility


Come and join us for a discussion on food bank access.

When: Monday, December 1, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Room 308, Metro Hall | 200 Wellington St. W

At the upcoming TYFPC meeting we will be hosting a panel and open discussion on food bank accessibility, particularly access for post-secondary students, youth, and immigrants without documents.

We will be discussing:

  • What is the food bank landscape in Toronto and in Canada?
  • What barriers to people face to accessing food banks?
  • How can we build a city where everyone can access social services without fear?

We will be exploring short-term and long-term solutions for barriers to food bank usage. The speakers will highlight their approaches to these barriers as well as advocacy opportunities for our community members.

Speakers: Abrah McKeen, Ryerson Good Food Centre, North York Harvest Food Bank

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!



The nearest accessible subway station is St. Andrew Station. From there, head 3 blocks west to John Street and then north to the main entrance of Metro Hall.

This venue is wheelchair accessible. An elevator in the lobby provides access to the third floor. There are also accessible washrooms on this level.

The TYFPC strives to create accessible and inclusive spaces for all its members. If we require accommodation to ensure your participation, please email

November 22, 2014
by Andrew McAllister

Mishkeegogamang First Nation Clothing Drive


Members of Mishkeegogamang First Nation are facing a harsh winter and the injustice of a terrible housing crisis. As such, the First Nations Solidarity Working Group and members of CUPE 3903 are organizing a furniture and clothing drive in support of the community.

The following items are needed: beds, tables, chairs, mattresses, couches, warm clothes, blankets, tools, dishes and cutlery, kids clothes, toys, books, washers, dryers, bookcases, TVs, and computers.

To arrange a pick-up, volunteer, or make another donation to help cover the cost of the driver and fuel, please email or call 647-295-0078. Pick-ups usually occur on Fridays and Saturdays. Alternatively, you can also arrange to drop items off at Weston Road and St.Clair. The truck leaves Toronto on December 6, 2014.

About the Mishkeegogamang First Nation

Mishkeegogamang First Nation is an Ojibwa nation located 500km north of Thunder Bay. Like other northern communities struggling against colonial dispossession, Mishkeegogamang faces traumatizing poverty despite billions of dollars of resources being extracted from their territory by the gold mining industry. A Northwestern Health Unit report stated that as many as 21 people live under one roof, and it is not uncommon for people to sleep in shifts to assure everyone access to a bed.

Mishkeegogamang is on what is called Treaty 9 territory. The original site where the treaty was signed is now underwater. In 1934, the Ontario government chose to build a hydro dam to supply the Pickle Crow Gold mine with hydro. Water began to rise in 1935, which caused homes in the community to be washed away. People were not told they would be flooded and awoke to find water rising in their homes.

The dispossession of the people of Mishkeegogamang only continues. Highway 599 runs right through the reserve and is crucial for the vast gold mining industry in the area, which results in billions of dollars coming from Ojibway land and resources.

In the face of government inaction, members of Mishkeegogamang have organized their own clothing and furniture drive in preparation for the coming winter. A truck will make the 28 hour drive to bring furniture from Toronto. Please donate and support.

This post was edited for clarity and length. The original post can be found here.

November 17, 2014
by Kyla Schwarz-Lam

A new TYFPC journal

We’re very excited to announce that the TYFPC will be launching a new journal! We are working on a companion to our academic journal, Gathering. This new journal will be a space for youth (30 and under) to showcase their creative skills and thinking about food. We want to see your art, photography, poetry, creative writing, recipes, etc. We also want to know what you think we should call this new endeavour!

Special Issue Callout

The submission deadline is February 28, 2015. Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested! You can reach us at for submissions, inquiries, and journal names. We look forward to seeing your creations!