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Help us launch #FoodxWard

On May 3rd we will be joining the Toronto Food Policy Council and Food Champions from all of Toronto's 44 wards to launch FoodxWard, an initiative that maps and showcases Toronto's existing food assets, and that reminds us to maintain food and food security as city priorities.

Help us celebrate by following #FoodxWard on Twitter, and by joining us and other Food Champions at the launch. See you there!
Are YOU our next council member?

It's almost that time of year! Our next council term will begin September 2016, and soon we will be looking for qualified, enthusiastic applicants to join our council. If you are interested in joining us or know someone who would be perfect, please keep an eye out for more information in May and June.
4 April 2016
Join us on April 4, 2016 for our next community event: "Empowering Food Social Enterprises." Through an interactive panel discussion and hands-on activity we will explore social enterprise opportunities for youth focused on food in the city!
More details will be posted on our Event Page in the coming weeks. Look forward to seeing you there!
Committee News

Did you know that $31 billion worth of food is wasted in Canada each year? The City of Toronto is continuing work on a Long Term Waste Management Strategy which presents a unique opportunity for food waste reduction and diversion to be strategically included as a priority. The Advocacy Committee is conducting more research on the strategy and we’ll get in on the debate on whether businesses should receive a tax credit for diverting food waste. We invite you to contact us and share your view on the debate. 

Additionally, the Advocacy Committee is planning a TYFPC social media campaign to spread awareness of food insecurity and food-related issues in Toronto. Is there an issue you’d like to see discussed on our social media? Let us know!

The education committee has shifted back towards focusing on Gathering, TYFPC's peer-reviewed academic journal. The submission deadline has just closed and we are starting the review process. Currently we are looking for additional peer reviewers to join our team so if you have a knack for editing please let us know!

The Networking Committee has been keeping busy by attending events and building partnerships around the city. We are looking forward to Spring as it is the season to start seeding! Toronto will prepare for this growing season with Seedy Saturday events around the city. From the Scarborough Seedy Saturday on April 2nd, and Black Creek Farm on April 9th, there will be many opportunities to connect with your local gardeners at lovely seed exchanges this year, as well as an opportunity to connect with TYFPC members.

We are always interested in attending food related events in the city and welcome the opportunity to participate. Let us know if you would like us to attend an event, or advertise for an event through social media!
Upcoming Events

March 21, 2016
Seedy Work Bee & Basic Organic Growing & Seed Saving Workshop
Toronto Seed Library & FoodShare
12 pm, FoodShare Toronto, 90 Croatia St

April 1, 2016
Mobilizing for Change: Lessons from the Frontlines
Community Food Centres Canada (tickets required)
7:30 pm, Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave

April 4, 2016
Empowering Social Enterprises
Community Meeting, TYFPC
6 pm, Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St W

May 3, 2016
FoodxWard Launch
Toronto Food Policy Council
12 pm, City Hall
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