Food security is a measure of ensured access to essential nutrition. The World Health Organization defines three facets of food security: food availability, food access, and food use. Food availability is having available and sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis. Food access is having sufficient resources, both economic and physical, to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet. Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Below are some links to just a few of the many great grassroots organizations that are participants in the food justice movement.
The Student Association Food Bank exists because students should not have to choose between buying their textbooks and buying their groceries. http://studentassociation.ca/lifeworks/student-food-bank/
The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality. http://www.thestop.org/
The West End Food Co-op is a non-profit multiple stakeholder co-op. Their members include producers, eaters, workers, & community organizations. http://westendfood.coop/
The Toronto Farmers’ Market Network connects and promotes the farmers’ markets across the city. http://tfmn.ca/
The Toronto Community Garden Network works for a vibrant green Toronto and a healthy garden movement. “Changing the city one root at a time”. http://www.tcgn.ca/wiki/wiki.php
The goal of the Sharing Backyards program is to make access to healthy, local and organic food a reality by giving anyone who wants to grow food the yard space to do it. http://sharingbackyards.wordpress.com/
Not Far From the Tree puts Toronto’s fruit to good use by picking and sharing the bounty. http://www.notfarfromthetree.org/
Justicia for Migrant Workers strives to promote the rights of migrant farmworkers and farmworkers without status. http://www.justicia4migrantworkers.org/index.htm
Food Forward provides a people’s voice for a better food system and works to create a strong food movement that turns to action. http://pushfoodforward.com/
The Toronto Food Policy Council connects diverse people to develop innovative policies and projects that support a health-focused food system. http://www.toronto.ca/health/tfpc/