Feeding the City- Covid-19 & Beyond
By Jackson Guo
Documenting Food System Experiences, Community Challenges & Local Resilience During Covid-19 and Beyond
The Project: Feeding the City
Feeding the City is a project that brings together academic researchers and a range of community partners. We are tracking how food growers and buyers, community food providers, and civil society organizations in the Greater Toronto Area are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the ways they are responding to maintain food access and alleviate food insecurity. We are collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from farmers and urban growers, food workers, vulnerable sections of food consumers, agri-food networks, and social enterprises.
Our goal is to understand how local communities are meeting the challenges of this pandemic, to learn how they can best be supported, and to consider how current experiences inform transformative changes that are required in the food system.
We are looking at these five points of interest:
1) Urban growing 2) Produce supply chains 3) Local agriculture and farm-consumer connections 4) Healthy food to children and youth with schools closed 5) Priority Neighbourhood food security