Resident Engagement - Food Security

Food Security was identified as a priority for several reasons: According to the Urban Heart Report, Malvern was identified as having the highest diabetes rate among Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods. Malvern is a diverse neighbourhood with low to medium incomes and higher rates of unemployment.

Our goal is to build resident capacity to address local food security issues in Malvern, with the support of community agencies, city representatives, etc. By educating and engaging the community to address food and poverty issues, we hope to ensure that everyone in Malvern has access to affordable and healthy food.

The purpose of the Food Security workgroup is to identify strategies to increase access to healthy food and to build connections with other stakeholders to support these initiatives.

2014-2015 Priorities:

  • Implement activities in the SDIP work plan
  • Identify economic opportunities and trainings for local caterers
  • Implement a volunteer resident run community meal
  • Procure surplus food donations from local businesses, schools and churches to support community drop in meal programs and food banks.

Workgroup composition

Toronto Public Health, Malvern Healthy Community Cupboard, MFRC/ANC, TAIBU Community Health Centre, Daily Bread Food Bank, and resident members from Malvern Presbyterian Church, Wilcox Creek & Empringham Co-ops.

Meetings

Second Wednesdays of every month 6:15 to 8 PM. Location varies.

For more information, contact Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com