About The Neighbourhood Food Hub
How Did This Project Come About?
The Neighbourhood Food Hub Project was an initiative put forward and developed by Councillor Paula Fletcher of Ward 14 (View motion here). In 2018, The City of Toronto funded a feasibility study for the project for the year of 2019.
What are the Goals of the Food Hub?
The Neighbourhood Food Hub seeks to connect people to fresh, nutritious food and celebrate community through learning and access to local services. Working with our partner organizations and local food champions, The Neighbourhood Food Hub aims to become a welcoming gathering space, open to all, of learning, community, access to healthy food, and a place to eat together.
Where Are We Now?
In response to Covid-19, the Neighbourhood Food Hub is mobilizing all efforts to provide fresh food to both the Glen Rhodes Food Bank and the Coxwell-Gerrard community.
The following efforts are underway and continuing throughout the pandemic:
Fresh fruits and vegetables delivered weekly to the Glen Rhodes Food Bank
20+ baskets of staple items and fresh food delivered every Wednesday to Food Bank users that are self-isolating
20+ Emergency Food Boxes to seniors every Thursday in partnership with FoodShare Toronto
Ramping up on-site storage facilities (freezers, cold storage) to accommodate fresh and frozen meals for the community
Partnering with local organizations to share resources and distribution processes to ensure our community is fed
In February 2020, Council approved funding to support another year of the Neighbourhood Food Hub. Applegrove Community Complex, a local City of Toronto Agency and non-profit has become the lead organization at the Food Hub, an exciting development that will expand the Food Hub's reach to their over 300+ families and seniors.
2019 - The Feasibility Study
Having completed the first phase of a comprehensive, live Community Food Assets Map, January to April of 2019 was focused on building the backbone of the Food Hub; from space access to speaking with and listening to the community and building strong ties to local organizations and food champions who were eager to get involved.
April to June of 2019 saw a programming planning phase, where the team built out processes and systems for space use, tabled at many local community events to spread the word, built a fundraising strategy, and a long (and exciting!) list of programs, workshops, courses, events, and more that then began in late June.
Flash forward to summer - Multiple workshops ran throughout the summer months, building momentum and engaging local residents that has had a resonating excitement in the community. With an on-site community garden planter cared for by attendees of the Growing Together program to an Integenerational Cooking Class that paired Seniors with Applegrove Summer Camp kids to share recipes; a brand new Good Food Market every Thursday to a Volunteer Program that engages Food Bank users at the Glen Rhodes Food Bank; the Food Hub has seen over 250+ participants in a few short months.
As of August, the Food Hub team is actively growing and seeking partnerships while running a full schedule of programming into the fall months and continuing engaging with the local community to meet their needs and desires with exciting and beneficial programs, activities, and learning opportunities.
What is a Food Hub?
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