Changing the Food Conversation & Just Food – School Food Workshops, Dec. 3rd

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Author: Shannon Coulter-Low

Posted: December 2, 2015

Categories: Events / GoodFoodBites / Municipal Regional Food Policy Network / News from Sustain Members / News from Sustain Ontario


Betti Wiggins, Executive Director of Detroit Public Schools’ Office of School Nutrition. Credit: FoodShare Toronto.

Join FoodShare Toronto for two exciting workshop events about healthy school food this Thursday December 3rd.  

The Changing the Food Conversation workshop will be held from 10am to 2pm. Keynote speaker Betti Wiggins is the Executive Director of the Office of Food Services at Detroit Public Schools. Betti is a pioneer in food justice, ensuring that tens of thousands of students have access to healthier food in school, while protecting jobs and creating sustainable food services within local government. Read more about Betti in this Civil Eats article.

The keynote will be followed by a delicious lunch and the following four workshops, including Sustain Ontario’s Alena Cawthorne, who will be speaking about sourcing affordable food for agencies and schools and the importance of the Request for Proposals (RFP) process as a tool for change.  

Healthy School Cafeteria Lunches: Hear from researchers Cassandra Vink and Ruth Silber on viable business models and from Alvin Rebick (FoodShare Kitchen and Good Food Program Senior Manager) and Ryerson University Researcher Fleur Esteron about the Good Food Cafe.

School Gardens and Farms: Hear from Sunday Harrison (Executive Director of Green Thumbs Growing Kids) on farming schoolyards for food production and youth engagement.

Sourcing affordable food for agencies and schools: Case studies from FoodShare’s Good Food Programs, facilitated by Moorthi Senaratne (FoodShare’s Warehouse Senior Coordinator), Jennifer Reynolds (Food Secure Canada’s Institutional Food Program Manager), Tina Gokstorp (GbProduce), Shawn Conway, (FoodReach Toronto) and Alena Cawthorne (Sustain Ontario)

Why culturally appropriate food matters: Discussion facilitated by Jenelle Regnier-Davies (Centre for Immigrant & Community Services), Patrick Nadjiwon (The Three Sisters’ House/N’Swo N’Shiimenhig Endaayaat)

During the evening’s Just Food event from 6pm-8pm, hear from Betti Wiggins while enjoying a delicious meal courtesy of FoodShare, followed by a panel discussion featuring educators who are making school food work in Toronto:

  • Mario Thomas (Chef and Culinary Arts Teacher at Heydon Park Public School)
  • Anan Lololi (Executive Director, AfriCan Food Basket)
  • Solomon Boye (Community Gardens Supervisor at Toronto Parks)

Please RSVP for the Changing the Food Conversation workshops here and for the Just Food evening event here. A delicious home cooked dinner will be served!

Both events are located at the FoodShare HQ at 90 Croatia St., Toronto.