The Community Food Project is a collaboration between Toronto Food Strategy (TFS) at Toronto Public Health and the Community Food Flow project based at the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC). The project assesses the potential for aggregated purchasing for the community food sector in Toronto. We have provided the research reports from both partners. PARC’s report focuses on a key area of Toronto (west central Toronto), with implications for agencies across the city; the TFS report focuses on sector needs and solutions.

The project explores where community agencies get their food and what initiatives are needed to expand procurement options and increase access to healthy food at these key community centres. The goals of the project are to provide a community food sector assessment, recommend solutions and implement pilot initiatives. The purpose of the undertaking is to give community agencies better access to fresh, healthy food, and to provide opportunities for cost and time savings in food programs.