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Status report - FoodReach Toronto: lowering food costs for social agencies and community groups

Coleman, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-8681-9070, Gultig, J., Emanuel, B. , Gee, M. & Orpana, H. (2018). Status report - FoodReach Toronto: lowering food costs for social agencies and community groups. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 38(1), doi: 10.24095/hpcdp.38.1.05

Abstract

Toronto has the largest absolute number of food insecure households for any metropolitan census area in Canada: of its 2.1 million households, roughly 252 000 households (or 12%) experience some level of food insecurity. Community organizations (including social agencies, school programs, and child care centres) serve millions of meals per year to the city’s most vulnerable citizens, but often face challenges accessing fresh produce at affordable prices. Therefore in 2015, Toronto Public Health, in collaboration with public- and private-sector partners, launched the FoodReach program to improve the efficiency of food procurement among community organizations by consolidating their purchasing power. Since being launched, FoodReach has been used by more than 50 community organizations to provide many of Toronto’s most marginalised groups with regular access to healthy produce.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: food security, food sustainability, food system, alternative food network, food procurement, healthy diet
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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