FoodShare is a non-profit organization that works with communities and schools to deliver healthy food and food education. We believe everyone deserves access to affordable high-quality fresh food. Since 1985, FoodShare has pioneered innovative programs like the Good Food Box, impacted what kids eat in school, and improved the way people eat and grow food across Toronto every day. Find out more at www.foodshare.net
FoodShare pioneers by creating empowering tools and scalable solutions, sharing freely these resources in an “open source” approach. Our staff work to support and mentor communities in drawing on their own strengths to adapt and grow solutions. This community development partnership model means that our work is leveraged exponentially, garnering impacts that grow as information and skills are adapted and passed along to others and ensuring that each dollar we invest in our programs multiplies, impacting the greatest number of people, providing tools and support that continue giving.
- Long-term Vision to ending hunger from all angles, working ‘from field to table’ using food’s capacity as the great connector to empower people by creating Canada’s most successful non-profit food hub, connecting urban dwellers directly to fresh produce, to local farmers, to each other, and to the cooking and growing skills needed to choose healthy food for a healthy future.
- Universal Programs help everyone overcome hurdles to “say yes to healthy food,” while removing stigma for those who will benefit most deeply. (As in a public library system or with the TTC, all can take part and the participation of all makes the system work. While some may have access to other options (ie. buy a book, drive a car), those who do not have access to other options will benefit most.)
- Community Development Partnership Model supports communities with information and tools (so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel), honours neighbourhood leadership and strength to adapt and grow, and creates long-term solutions with ever-increasing impacts.
- Sustainable Social Enterprise Programs pay farmers fairly while making quality produce and home cooked meals accessible to all through subsidized food distribution models, the Field to Table Community Food Hub and Field to Table Catering.