Food Justice Day
May 5, 2015
WHEREAS food justice is individuals and communities exercising their right to healthy food, no matter their income or where they live. It means overcoming economic inequalities and a lack of healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food. It promotes food literacy and community building around shared food knowledge.
The City of Toronto has made great strides towards ensuring access to healthy food through the Toronto Food Charter and Food Strategy projects. Torontonians have likewise shown strong leadership with hundreds of community food projects.
However, there is still much work to be done. Almost 30% of Toronto children live in low income families and neighbourhoods with less access to healthy food and where chronic disease rates are significantly higher.
Food Nation is a campaign that encourages stronger city-wide action and urges all Torontonians to advocate for the development of healthy food neighbourhoods; the reduction of poverty and the increased availability of healthy food.
Food Justice Day celebrates Toronto’s commitment to ensuring that all Torontonians have access to healthy food in an equitable and dignified way and respecting our needs and diversity.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2015 as “Food Justice Day” in the City of Toronto.