We aim to be a weaver organization bringing together communities across all three campuses to ensure access to affordable, sustainable, nutritious, culturally appropriate foods for everyone on campus; supporting projects and programs that enhance learning; and placing UofT in a leadership position in Campus Sustainable Food Systems Development, with a global perspective.
- Striving to achieve:
- an anti-oppressive and anti-violent campus food system which will address and aim to dismantle power imbalances, centering the voices of students and particularly students of marginalized identities.
- ensured, barrier-free access to nutritious food for any student in need
- create influential change in U of T administrative food policies
- a network for U of T community to share and educate one another about food issues
Who We Are
The U of T Food Policy Council (U of T FPC) is the first University Food Policy council. Our membership includes students from all three campuses, (included full and part time, graduate and undergraduate), faculty, staff, and other members of the U of T community, who believe food problems need more attention on campus and in society. The council is made up of non-partisan individuals representing all walks of life from the U of T community to ensure that different perspectives will be heard, respected, and considered, ensuring equity, where one food issue is not placed above others. By having a plurality of members with different backgrounds, the U of T FPC strives to make discussion and action around food issues accessible and equitable to the U of T community and beyond. The U of T FPC also aims to foster innovative and positive policy advisory around food issues affecting the University community.
Vision for Dual Approach to Policy Change:
- Be a network that provides connections and a platform for members of the U of T community to share and educate one another about food issues
- Be an influential body in administrative food policy change
What We Do
- Engage- We engage the U of T community through facilitation of workshops and events around food security, sustainable agriculture, community development, and other food issues. We also empower urban agriculture and other food related projects on campus. Through this the U of T FPC encourages experiential learning and skill sharing and sustainable food leadership development. We also function to create the next generation of food policy people by engaging with youth through food policy
- Connect- Food is created through partnership, and so are effective discussion and actions around food. We connect and partner with diverse members and groups on campus through our online network, monthly meetings, and advocacy and education initiatives. We also use our connection to food issues actions groups, such at the Toronto Food Policy Council, to allow our members and those in the wider U of T community to partner and build their food activism beyond campus
- Research- As a University council, we have connections with researchers and access to tools that enable us to research food issues and spread knowledge about food inequity and effective actions to create a more sustainable food system. Our research also informs our policies and is a method of advisory to the administration and other campus bodies.
- Create- we are helping to create a more sustainable, equitable and resilient food policy and system within the U of T and wider Toronto community. By working with students, faculty, and other members of the community to advocate for food justice we raise awareness about food insecurity and other issues on campus. We also create policies and advise the administration and campus groups about in food policy decisions and actions.