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TYFPC Community Event

Eat, Feel, Create: An Evening Exploring Mental Health & Food

Monday, February 4, 2019
Food is an integral part of our life and plays a crucial role in our health, both physical and mental. Our food can be healing, a way to ground us when things become difficult, and at times also a source of stress or anxiety, especially in the age of the “Instagram Diet”. Join us for an evening of art, food, and discussion surrounding youth mental health and food, including topics like the continued stigma around mental illness, economic and social disparities to accessing, and the role of food in our mental well-being. The TYFPC, Stop Community Food Centre, CAMH, FoodShare and more will lead conversations and activities. 
Counil Highlights
How can we push our food systems forward?
The Gathering, a peer-reviewed, academic journal on food issues, is looking for work by youth (30 and under). This year, we are looking for submissions that capture rebellion, transformation, and hope as it relates to our food systems. Send us
your written work, visual documentation, photography, sketches, fieldwork, and dynamic data visualization. This is the F! Issue. Let’s fight for fairness, equality, and justice in food together.
Submit your work
Read the book, join the conversation!
On February 6th the TYFPC will be hosting a book club on Michael Twitty's book "The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South". Michael Twitty is a renowned 
culinary historian, their book provokes us to think about how food is so many things all at once - political, cultural, colonized, and part of our identity. 
Join the book club

OSAP Cuts Statement
We at the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council denounce the changes announced by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government regarding post-secondary tuition and OSAP. Read our official statement below.

As a collective organized by and for youth, we understand this announcement to be an active threat on the wellbeing of students who already face challenges in accessing food security and education. We stand with students, especially marginalized students, in recognizing the detrimental effects of these changes, as they will further push students into spaces of precarity. These changes do not serve the interests of students and future students and we will fight against them.

We ask that community members be vigilant in educating themselves regarding these changes and writing to their MPP. Stay safe and keep warm.

Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities
Research CoordinatorUofT: PROOF Food Insecurity Policy Research 
Apply HERE
Gardener, The Backyard Urban Farm Company
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Communications Manager, Community Food Centres Canada 
Apply HERE
Executive Director, Food Secure Canada 
Apply HERE
Volunteer and Evaluations Lead
Grants and Partnerships Lead, Food Secure Canada Youth Caucus
Volunteer HERE
Good Food Challenge Student Standards Committee, Meal Exchange
Volunteer HERE
Community Events and News
Youth Food Leadership Training
Meal Exchange invites their student network to come together for a Youth Food Leadership Training between March 9th and 10th. This 'mini' version of the National Student Food Summit will be a series of hands-on workshops, with a focus on building skills and making impact! Learn more here
Olivier De Schutter on the importance of food councils
Olivier De Schutter and Lori Stahlbrand presented on the importance of food councils at the Frankfurt Congress of Food Councils last November. See the video in the latest Toronto Food Policy Council's newsletter.
TUG Annual Membership Meeting
To celebrate TUG's 10th anniversary, 10 key people will speak about critical issues facing the urban ag movement. Join the meeting on February 25th. Learn more here.
New Canada Food Guide 
Canada's new food guide emphasizes more consumption of fruits and vegetables, cooking more often and sharing meals with others. Check out the new guide here.
Election education and concerns
The Food Secure Canada Youth Caucus wants to know what matters to you! The upcoming election is raising a lot of questions, issues and concerns for youth. What do you need and want to know? Let the Youth Caucus know here.
Love Food Hate Waste 
The City of Toronto is looking to #TransformTO to address climate change. Reducing food waste is a great way to make a difference. Learn more about food waste in the city here and the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. 
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