Toronto Youth Food Policy Council

Fighting For Food Justice in the Black Creek Community: Report, Analyses and Steps Forward

The Black Creek Food Justice Network has recently launched their report, Fighting for Food Justice in the Black Creek Community: Report, Analyses and Steps Forward. Demands from the Black Creek Community.

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Here are the summarized demands of the Black Creek Community for Food Justice:

Improve Growing Spaces and Support for Urban Growing
1. Make City Parks and Hydro Corridors accessible for community residents to garden and grow food
2. Create, fund and maintain a garden in every school
3. Assure core funding from all levels of government for organizations doing food justice and urban agriculture work so that they can be sustainable

Make Food More Affordable by Raising Wages and Social Safety Nets
1. Increase and maintain the minimum wage at a liveable wage rate or a basic guaranteed income
2. Raise Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works rates

Fight for Justice for the People that Work to Feed Us
1. Support migrant farm workers’ political demands, which include a) access to landed status upon arrival; b) a permanent residency regularization program for those already in Canada, c) equal access to all social programs; d) a fair appeal process before any repatriation order; and e) full protections under the provincial Employment Standards Act and Regulations
2. Subsidize small farmers and promote ecologically informed farming policies that support young, new, and racialized farmers.

Stop Criminalizing Our Communities
1. Remove security guards and undercover police from grocery stores in predominantly racialized and working-class communities (high-income and/or largely white neighbourhoods do not have visible security presence)

Connect Food and Health 
1. Make healthy food more accessible to people with mental and physical health challenges
2. Mandate published images be representative of a variety of bodies, body shapes, sizes and skin tones.

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