|Food for Thought: Reflections and Resources on Race & Food Work
How is your community addressing the intersections of racial disparities and food insecurity, in an ongoing way, in light of COVID-19, and now? What conversations are you having in your organizations around how anti-Black racism shows up in your food work? If your organization is BIPOC-led, what are the ways you are building food sovereignty? What resources have you come across for supporting thinking through an anti-racist or food just lens in your municipality and community? What relationships do you have with Black-led and Indigenous-led food organizations? What about other organizations led by People of Colour? How are you supporting their work through funding and the way budget is allocated? What does the composition of your food councils, your boards, your staff look like? How do you centre Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour voices in your work?
Some resources, and ways you can support follow below.
“Black Food Insecurity in Canada”, by Melana Roberts, member of our Leaders Table, Board Chair of Food Secure Canada, member of the Toronto Food Policy Council, and member of the Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Initiative, which is led by African Food Basket. Published Feb.3, 2020 by the Broadbent Institute.
- “When you’re Black, you’re at greater risk of everything that sucks”: FoodShare’s Paul Taylor on the links between race and food insecurity, in Toronto Life, June 10, 2020.
“How do we respond to anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and conversations?”. June 10 & 23, 2020. Hosted by the Canadian Urban Institute, moderated by Jay Pitter, with Orlando Bailey, Director of Engagement, BridgeDetroit & Detroit Host, Urban Consulate; Tamika Butler, Director of Planning for California & Director of Equity and Inclusion, Toole Design; Anthonia Ogundele, Founder, Ethós Lab; and Will Prosper, Co-founder, Montréal-Nord Républik & Hoodstock.
- Black Food Toronto was launched by the Afri-Can FoodBasket and partners to aid Toronto’s Black community members who have been affected by COVID-19. The organization is working with Black Food Sovereignty, Ankobea Inc., and the City of Toronto to raise money that will provide “emergency food support to individuals and families within the African, Caribbean, Black community in Toronto” who have been impacted by the pandemic.
- Unheeded Warnings: COVID-19 & Migrant Workers in Canada. Published on June 8, 2020 by Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, and “Migrant farm workers ‘in crisis’ amid pandemic, report says“, the Toronto Star, June 8, 2020.
Food Secure Canada’s Food Justice Resources.
- JAFSCD Statement on Anti-Black Racism
A Reading List For Learning About Anti-Black Racism and Food
Please share other resources, information, initiatives that you know of.