Community Food Works for Newcomer Settlement: Using food as a tool for settlement, integration and employment in Toronto

Marian Yusuf and Rosie Mensah

In: Urban Agriculture Magazine no 35 - Youth in Food: Opportunities for education and employment, p.12-14 (2018)

The Toronto Food Strategy`s Community Food Works for Newcomer Settlement programme was developed in 2016 to address the needs of Arabicspeaking newcomers to the City of Toronto. Through food, it creates opportunities for social inclusion and engagement, to facilitate resettlement and integration into Canadian life. This programme was adapted from the existing Community Food Works programme that addresses barriers to accessing food handler training, nutrition information, and employment support among low-income residents in Toronto. The Community Food Works for Newcomer Settlement was recognised for its innovation and impact with a Milan Urban Food Policy Pact “highest score” award in the fall of 2017.

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