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Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning (APCOL)



Co-led by Ravenna Barker and Sarosh Anwar (FoodShare), and Dr. Stephanie Ross (York University), the FoodShare case study focused on the researching the recruitment and training of community residents/animators concerning issues of nutrition and food security for impoverished neighbourhoods in Toronto. In close consultation with FoodShare and the local animators, the project produced an innovative new popular education program for food security animator’s local community organizing; carried out observational and participatory study of the popular education sessions; interviewed animators on the nature of the work and experiences. The project is now completing additional participation and interviews on the application of learning from these sessions in local communities in Toronto.

The APCOL FoodShare Activist Leadership Building Case Study is directly linked to he community garden building process. Many of the neighbourhoods involved directly in the APCOL project are included in the videos shown on the City of Toronto Food Connection site.

Final Report of FoodShare Case Study (19 page PDF file)


Promoting Holistic Community Organizing: FoodShare Food Activist Workshop Series

by Christine McKenzie

The FoodShare Food Activist group made an important contribution to food activism through networking community leaders active on food issues across the Greater Toronto Area and developing workshops that would expand the number of community members active on food issues. I was honoured to participate in the process as a Graduate Assistant member of the team from OISE/University of Toronto. In this article, I will quote at length in order to share the Food Activists stories, experiences and reflections of the FoodShare Food Activist group.

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FoodShare Toronto: Building Community From the Ground Up

by Phung Lam

front door of FoodShare in Toronto

It was a rainy Friday afternoon when I set foot in the FoodShare building located on 90 Croatia St. in the heart of downtown Toronto. Coming to the interview at the end of a work week, I was not expecting to see many people or much momentum around the building. To my surprise, there were several FoodShare members and kitchen staff working hard at their stations. A young intern greeted me with a friendly smile at the reception desk. As I waited for Ravenna in the office, the intern expressed her enthusiasm and love for working at this organization. After a few minutes of waiting, the intern walked me to Ravenna’s office to begin our interview.

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