2006-2016 A Legacy to Address Food Poverty

For 10 years the Irish charity Healthy Food for All (HFfA) addressed food poverty by promoting access, availability and affordability of healthy food for low-income groups. Healthy Food for All closed its doors in March 2016 due to a lack of sustainable funding. As part of its final action they produced a legacy document to mark Healthy Food for All’s ten years of operation and the handing over of its work to other groups. As part of its legacy this website will continue to be made available as a resource.

Healthy Food for All: Sustainable Local Food Systems in Ontario

Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, 2015

The case studies describe the work of four community organizations in four regions of Ontario who engaged their communities in a local food systems planning process.

Food, Farms, Fish and Finance: Practical impact investment strategies to seed and sustain local food systems

Christie Young,  2015

This report was commissioned by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to inform impact investing in local sustainable food systems in Canada and to bring a fresh perspective to the topic as well as new tools that can help to catalyze change.
Specifically, the report set out to:

1. identify the realities faced by emerging local sustainable food system entrepreneurs and to understand what role access to finance (along with cultural, social, regulatory and landscape conditions) has played in the success, challenges or failures of these entrepreneurs and initiatives;
2. identify ways in which impact investors can strategically intervene in Canada to help address some of the enterprise-level challenges and to encourage the local, sustainable food sector to strategically seize new opportunities, develop capacity and build resilience

Dollars & Sense Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, MetCalf Foundation, 2015

The Dollars & Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System study identifies ways Ontario can make changes to its food system to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, and support healthier lifestyles.

The Real Dirt on Farming

Farm & Food Care, 2014

We’re Canada’s farmers and we’re proud of what we do. This book is a good start for connecting with us and providing some facts on food and farming. Our goal is to help you make informed food choices, whatever they may be. Let’s keep the conversation going, online and in person, anytime. Get to know us – after all, to know us is to know your food.
Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors

Shannon Rohan, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation 2014

This report speaks to our particular responsibility as institutional investors, and is part of an ongoing effort to better align the Foundation’s investments with its mission and programs. The report focuses on risk management for investors and points to a range of areas in which they can engage.

Growing Public Food – Case Studies

Project SOIL is a feasibility study that explores the potential of on-site food production for public institutions through arrangements with local producers, particularly where access to farmland is limited and expensive.
we have producedfour in-depth case studies of existing models that have achieved significant annual production:

  • FoodShare’s School Grown Market Gardens, with 2014 sales of over $17,000 from two high school sites;
  • The Community Harvest food growing project at the Black Family Farm, where the Ottawa Food Bank’s staff farmer produced over 70,000 lbs. of vegetables in 2014;
  • McGill Feeding McGill, where the foodservice department spends $45,000 per year on produce grown on a University owned-and-operated 25 acre farm, and;
  • The Kingston Prison Farms, which included the largest urban farm in Canada (900 acres), and which housed beef, dairy, egg, fruit and vegetable production operations and an abattoir serving the local region.

2013 Global Food Policy Report
International Food Policy Research Institute
IFPRI’s flagship report examines the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions of 2013. It puts into perspective the year’s food policy successes and setbacks, and suggests how to advance policies that will improve the food situation for poor people in developing countries.

Ontario Professional Planners Institute
Food systems have long been linked to planning and are a key consideration for healthy communities. A greater understanding is emerging of the importance of planners being more involved in planning for food systems, The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) has prepared Healthy Communities and Planning for Food Systems; Planning for Food Systems in Ontario A Call To Action (2011) to raise awareness and highlight key issues and challenges that planners and communities can address when planning for food systems.

No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy

(PDF) Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

  • Ontario has an ambitious goal to reduce childhood obesity by 20 per cent over five years. Achieving this goal will help to keep Ontario healthy and is part of the Ontario government’s Action Plan for Health Care. Ontario has created a panel of experts to recommend how we can keep more kids at healthy weights.

Bill 36, Local Food Act

(HTML, PDF) Ministry of Agriculture and Food. 2013

  • The Ontario government is re-introducing legislation that, if passed, would help make more local food available in markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the province.

Human Activity and the Environment: Annual Statistics 2009

(HTML, PDF or Print) Statistics Canada. 2009

  • Provides statistical data on human activity and its relationship to natural systems – air, water, soil, plants and animals. The feature article, “Food in Canada” gives a brief historical perspective on fishing and farming in Canada and explores the impact of the food system on the economy, environment and society.

Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada

[PDF] The People’s Food Policy Project. 2011

  • The People’s Food Policy embodies a wave of concern, interest and action by citizens who are increasingly questioning how our current food system is organized. From connecting directly with food producers, to reclaiming indigenous food systems, to setting up food policy councils, people across Canada are taking actions daily that are transforming our food system from the ground up. It contains our ideas about how to make Canada’s food system fair, healthy and ecological.

The Local Food Revolution
[Print] Hume, Gord. Municipal World. 2010

  • Explores the relationship food has with building strong communities, how it is changing neighbourhoods and local economies, and how food and food-related issues have become critical new challenges for municipal councils.

Discussion Paper on Household and Individual Food Insecurity
[PDF] Tarasuk, V.  Health Canada.  2001

  • Examines issues pertaining to direct and indirect indicators of food insecurity

Eating Oil – Food in a Changing Climate
[PDF] Elm Farm Research Centre. 2001

  • Article on the extent to which the supply of even the most basic foods has become dependent on petroleum.

Food Connects Us All: Sustainable Local Food in Southern Ontario
[PDF] Metcalf Foundation. 2008

  • Paper based on meetings with organizations funded by Metcalf to work on local sustainable food.

Food Security: Implications for the Early Years: Background Paper
[PDF] Cook, Brian; City of Toronto Public Health. 2006

  • Analysis of food security issues relevant to pregnant women and households with young children

Food sovereignty
Interpares. 2003-2006

  • links to a number of InterPares issues with relevant articles

Growing Hope
Centre for Community Enterprises, Making Waves, Vol 17, No. 2. 2006

  • A special edition on the food system

Hunger Count 2008
[PDF], Food Banks Canada, November 25, 2008

  • A detailed picture of food bank use in Canada

Individual and Household Insecurity in Canada: Positions of Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada
[PDF], 2005

  • Identifies factors involved in food insecurity and recommends a population approach to reducing health inequities through the puruit of social justice.

Organic Research Articles – Ontario
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada – Ontario Region

  • Topics include soil quality, livestock, field crops and social science

National Farmers’ Union Policy on Sustainable Agriculture

  • Policy statement

Planet Friendly

  • Directory of Sustainable, Local and Organic Food Products

Resources on Food Security
Leopold Centre for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Articles, publications, resources and contacts

The Ram’s Horn
Brester & Cathleen Kneen

  • Monthly journal on food systems analysis

The Six Pillars of Food Sovereignty
Nyéléni 2007 – Forum for Food Sovereignty,
February 23rd – 27th, 2007, Sélingué, Mali, Synthesis Report

The STOP Community Food Centre has collected a sample of articles that explore the food issues that they  are trying to tackle:

Causes and Consequences of an Unsustainable Food System
Chryslyn Pais as published in ‘esurio – Journal of Hunger and Poverty.

It is often agreed that food and shelter are the two most important elements of human survival.At the same time, millions of people around the globe are either mal-nourished or living with hunger. The purpose of this paper is to present a macro-scale critique of the current food system and its connections to poverty and hunger.

From Kraft to Craft: innovation and creativity in Ontario’s Food Economy
Donald, Betsy, Ph D, MCIP, Queen’s University

There is a buzz around food, and Ontario has the opportunity to be at the forefront of food innovations. Not long ago Ontario food had a reputation for being bland and tasteless, nothing more than fuel to shovel down at working-day breaks or the dinner table. But times have changed. Many Ontarians have become interested in food again; in the ingredients, in the quality, and in its health benefits. They are also interested in food’s capacity to embed local jobs and shape a place’s social, environmental and economic sustainability not only through local, organic and biodynamic farming, but through processing and distribution practices that reduce carbon footprints by reducing waste and conserving soil, energy, water, and farmland

Knowledge Insider: Consumer Trends – Farm Credit Canada, Knowledge Insider Series
What do consumer trends in food markets mean for your business? Learn how you can take advantage. Explore: a) the impact of changing demographics; b) demand for functional foods and nutraceuticals; c) changes to regulations based on food safety, traceability and sustainability; d) the rise of niche products into the mainstream; e) shifting consumer roles and expectations; f) effects on Canadian agriculture; g) success stories from other industry entrepreneurs.