Toronto, Ontario Food and Hunger Action Committee

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Toronto, Canada

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Type: Policy

Status: Established in December 1999

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The Food and Hunger Action Committee was formed in December 1999 to study food security in Toronto and recommend ways to reduce hunger, improve the nutritional health of Torontonians, and support food-based initiatives that benefit Toronto's economy, environment and quality of life. The proposal to create the Committee came through Toronto's Millennium Task Force following from recommendations of the World Food Day Conference, hosted by the City and the community coalition, Hungerwatch.

The Committee took a collaborative approach to its work, bringing together City councillors, City staff, the staff of non-profit agencies, food program participants, volunteers, clergy and interested members of the public to discuss the wide range of issues related to food and hunger in Toronto.

Tending the Garden
The Food and Hunger Action Committee prepared this report for council in July 2003 on implementation of recommendations outlined in The Growing Season.

The phase II action plan: The Growing Season
Council asked the Committee to create a food charter for the City and to present an action plan to improve Torontonians' access to safe, affordable and nutritious food, and enhance the coordination and delivery of services related to food and hunger.

The phase I report: Planting the Seeds
The report includes information gathered from the community consultations, an inventory of food and hunger-related initiatives in which the City of Toronto is involved, a review of current literature in this area and makes recommendations on how to proceed.