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Filling their Bellies: Community Initiatives to Feed the Homeless

1:10-2:10 p.m.
University of Toronto, University College (15 King's College Circle), Room 256, 2nd Floor, East Wing

Valerie Tarasuk (PhD), Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

While the origins of homelessness in Canada arguably lie in macro-level changes in social and economic conditions, the problem itself takes root and resides in communities, and it has become their job to figure out how to respond.  At the core of community responses are a myriad of services to help homeless people meet basic subsistence needs for shelter, food, personal hygiene, and primary health care.  Local food provisioning efforts include soup kitchens, street outreach programs, and meal provisions in hostels, shelters, "Out-of-the-Cold"programs, drop-in centres, community development programs, and health centres.  Despite these efforts, the food and nutrition needs of many homeless people appear to be poorly met. In 2004, we began a broad-based exploratory study of local responses to the food needs of homeless people in Toronto.

This event is free of charge; RSVP to cuhi.admin@utoronto.  All are Welcome!