According to a study conducted by Meal Exchange, nearly 40% of post-secondary students in Canada report experiencing hunger to some degree. Students experiencing food insecurity commonly report eating unbalanced meals or low-cost foods, while worrying about running out of money. Whether it’s because of rising tuition costs, transportation, housing, or costs of living, students across our campuses are forced to compromise on their access to nutrition and affordability of food.
June 2018 – November 2018: FEED THE FUTURE
In June 2018, Feed It Forward – in collaboration with the University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP) and the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation (IGHEI) at the University of Toronto launched a pilot project FEED THE FUTURE.
FEED THE FUTURE aims to address the issue of hunger on campus through IGHEI, an Institute at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health that utilises social innovations to advance human health and promote equity, while providing an experiential learning opportunities for students under UTIHP. The initiative will demonstrate how marginalised and rescued foods can be repurposed into affordable and delicious frozen meals, as a viable alternative to other food options available to students. Feed the Future offers access to an online ordering platform which will allow students to select and pre-order from a variety of frozen meals, and have them delivered straight to campus on a bi-weekly basis. These nutritionally balanced meals can be ordered by making a donation of $5 per meal. Every meal ordered will be donated as another meal on a pay-it-forward basis through Feed it Forward’s programs. Upon placing a payment on their orders, students will receive a tracking number that will allow them to pick up their food orders at Queens Park on the designated days and times.
Not only will FEED THE FUTURE offer students on a limited budget with healthy meals,
it will also help keep perfectly good food out of our landfills – join our movement!
About Chef Jagger Gordon and Feed it Forward
Chef Jagger Gordon is the founder of Feed It Forward. Chef Jagger’s mission began in 2014 after he witnessed the copious amounts of food going to waste following a catering gig he hosted with his company. He saw a problem and knew there had to be a more efficient way of dealing with our food waste issue. To test his theory, Jagger decided to open a pop-up kitchen at the Trinity Bellwoods Park on Queen Street West in Toronto. Within three hours, he served over 300 free meals to the community with food that would have otherwise been destined for the landfill. Hence, Feed Families was born. His desire to feed those less fortunate became his vision and mission in life.
Feed Families started with one freezer placed on a private property and filled with frozen healthy meals which were made available to 10 families. This one freezer turned into seven freezers shortly thereafter, feeding numerous families on a regular basis.
In 2015, Feed Families expanded to Feed It Forward because of Chef Jagger’s vision of the widespread need for a greater reach. Feed It Forward hit the streets to give away free hot meals weekly at Nathan Phillip Square and Trinity Bellwood Park. On Christmas Day in 2016, with a small army of volunteers, over 1200 hot meals were served. On the premise of these successes, The Soup Bar was launched in May of 2017, gaining citywide recognition.
Chef Jagger is now rescuing over a 1000 pounds of food per week from Ontario grocery stores, farmers and growers, bakeries, distributors and restaurants – and he is determined to change the Canadian laws regarding food wastage. Please visit www.feeditforward.ca/petition and sign the petition. With only 3000 more signatures, Feed It Forward will reach its goal of 100,000 signatures. At that time, Chef Jagger will personally visit Parliament Hill to initiate changes to legislation so that healthy and nutritious food can be lawfully delivered to feed Canadians in need.