CFCC's 2017 Food Summit has ended

Join Community Food Centres Canada in Toronto for the 2017 Food Summit! This event gathers staff from Community Food Centres and Good Food Organizations to share ideas, make meaningful connections, and get energized for our collective work building a healthy and fair food system. Highlights include three tours, a public keynote event, 20+ workshops, themed meet-ups, and our Saturday night social. Read on for the schedule, logistics, and ticket information. Registration closes on March 12, 2017 but register early to secure a spot! Watch this space as more program details will be available soon.

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Friday, April 7 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Keynote Event – Fair Food Nation: Envisioning a future where food is a basic right
You're invited to join Community Food Centres Canada for our exciting event on Friday evening, April 7. Doors open at 6:30.

Your access to this event is included in your registration for the Food Summit – we're looking forward to seeing you there!

Location: Isabel Bader Theatre. 93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

A reception will follow.


When it comes to the issues of poverty and food insecurity in Canada, it feels like we are at an impasse. For many, the idea that no one should have to worry where their next meal is coming from seems obvious. Yet we have somehow gotten to a place where governments and citizens accept systems and policies that make that impossible: from meagre social assistance rates, the entrenchment of food banks, pervasive social isolation, lack of affordable housing, a big and growing burden of chronic disease, and the continued chasm in services and supports between aboriginal populations and the rest of Canada to name a few.

With talk of a poverty reduction strategy and national food policy in the air, and truth and reconciliation work underway, political and citizen support for much-needed systemic change is mounting. Yet to get from consultations and strategies to funded and coordinated action, we need to go beyond critiquing the status quo and instead craft a compelling vision for a future in which everyone has a right to healthy food.

Over the course of an evening, a panel of outspoken advocates from the healthcare, indigenous, and food justice communities will paint an inspiring picture for a fair food nation while articulating a path to get us there.


Friday April 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Isabel Bader Theatre 93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7