Food banks play an important role in meeting the immediate needs of people experiencing hunger in Toronto. But food banks don’t address the root causes of food insecurity. This is why our Research & Advocacy department works to effect systemic change by advancing solutions based on the experiences of food bank clients.
We know from our research, for example, that unaffordable housing and low social assistance rates create and perpetuate food insecurity, particularly within marginalized communities. We use this research in our work collaborating with partners and coalitions to advocate for long-lasting policy change that addresses the root causes of food insecurity and poverty.
In order to effect meaningful change, our team has a set of principles that guide our advocacy work:
Click below to explore our advocacy areas of focus:
To read our policy submissions at the federal, provincial, and municipal level, click here.
Together, by writing to elected officials and advocating for systemic change, we can work to eliminate deep poverty, achieve affordable housing for all, and ensure that everyone’s right to food is realized.