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Join us for the Mélange Creative Arts Journal Launch and Social!

Join the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council and members of the Toronto Food Policy Council on January 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm at LOFT Kitchen, 850 Bloor St. E. for the TFPC Social and launch of the first edition of Mélange, TYPFC’s Creative Arts Journal. Please RSVP below and share widely!

RSVP on Eventbrite

Members of the TYFPC and community will also present a special spoken word poem, written with community members at our December event on Food Justice. The event will also feature food catered by LOFT Kitchen, a Social Enterprise dedicated to transforming the lives of Toronto Youth by providing a path to self-sufficiency through food service-based training, leadership and work-readiness programs (Vegan and vegetarian options will be available). Come celebrate artistic creativity, while enjoying a delicious meal and connecting with engaged foodies!

Venue Accessibility
While we strive to ensure accessibility at our events, washrooms at this location are located down a set of stairs. The nearest accessible washrooms are located 200 metres away at the intersection of Bloor and Ossington.

LOFT Kitchen is dedicated to transforming the lives of youth by providing a path to self-sufficiency through food service-based training, leadership and work-readiness programs. They offer exciting and meaningful opportunities for youth looking to enter the Food and Hospitality Industry and will also be catering our event!

Welcome to the New TYFPC Website

After a long winter, spring is here. And with spring comes some exciting news! We’ve been working hard over the past few months to redesign our website and are proud to share with you the new look. Here is what’s changed:

Our new homepage highlights who we are, what we do, our social media pages, and features the latest posts from our blog.

The new Who We Are pages tell the story of how we got started, our accomplishments, committee structure, anti-oppression policy, and questions we get asked often.

The new What We Do section is where you’ll find information on community meetings, the youth food journal, advocacy toolkit, research and food policy briefings, past editions of the newsletter, and our blog.

The updated Food Issues section provides information on issues such as cultural awareness, food literacy in education, food waste, growing urban agriculture, urban food security, and industrial agriculture.

The updated Youth Food Movement page lists what we’re all about – youth and food!

And finally, our updated Contact Us page contains bios of this year’s team as well as our contact information.

As with anything new, there are still some details to sort out. If you find something that just isn’t right, email our web team at and we’ll get it fixed. We’re also open to feedback, comments, and suggestions for things you’d like to see featured on our site. So shoot us an email, get in touch, and let us know what you think!

Statement of support for workers on strike at UofT and York

The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC) is in full support and in solidarity with CUPE 3903 and 3902 who are currently on strike for affordable and quality education for all, an equitable work environment, and job security. We understand these strikes to be symptomatic of a larger economic climate that squeezes labour into the smallest fraction of a dollar in order to maximize profit and control at the expense of human rights. Under the current system, 3903 and 3902 members, made up of mostly students, live precariously on wages that are below the poverty line and lack job security.

We are concerned with the broader context of high youth unemployment, precarious work conditions and poverty. Toronto’s youth unemployment rate is 18.1%, the worst of any region in the province. Furthermore, 31% of youth live in poverty. Poverty is an important determinant in the ability of individuals to access food. In 2013, the Ontario Association of Food Banks reported that post-secondary students were among the fastest growing users of food banks in Ontario. Student hunger remains a hidden issue and poverty is seen as an acceptable condition to endure in exchange for a post-secondary education.

We are also concerned with the worker’s rights in other fields including, but not limited to, farmers, migrant labourers and food service workers who are often working extended hours for low wages in precarious conditions. We believe that all people deserve a living wage and stable employment.

Municipal election resources

We heart voting.

Who can vote? Where? How?

All of this information is answered on the City of Toronto elections website.

How do I learn about the candidates?

Colour of Change Colour of Poverty’s Racial Justice Report Card.

Women in Toronto Politics Position Primer.

ArtsVote Report Card.

What can I ask my candidates about food?

Sustain Ontario’s Vote ON Food & Farming Municipal Elections Toolkit.

Toronto Food Policy Council’s Election Primer.

Mayoral debate at Evergreen Brick Works

This post describes TYFPC member Kaylen Fredrickson’s experience at the mayoral debate on September 14, 2014.

I attended my first mayoral debate yesterday at Evergreen Brick Works. The event took place following the Sunday Farmers’ Market. (New this season! Check it out!) After picking up some peaches and kombucha, I headed to the debate grounds. There were lots of people, including media. (As a result, there are many recaps of the debate online. For instance, you can watch a 3 minute debate recap on CBC’s website.)

Participating in the full debate were three mayoral candidates: John ToryOlivia Chow and Ari Goldkind. Three youth candidates were also given a chance to introduce their plans for the city and to respond to the first debate question: Matthew Crack, Morgan Baskin and Klim Khomenko.

Photo of Olivia Chow, Ari Goldkind and John Tory at debate.
Photo from CTV News.


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