Parkdale Food Network November 2013 Newsletter. 

Hello Parkdale Food Network!

Welcome to the first Parkdale Food Network (PFN) newsletter. For those of you who do not know me yet, my name is Katherine and I am the new coordinator for the PFN. I am very excited to be part of the PFN this year and am looking forward to meeting all of you.
The purpose of this newsletter is to share information, ideas and resources among members of the Parkdale Food Network and the community. Each newsletter will feature current events, a profile of three PFN members and any upcoming meeting announcements.
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in being profiled or have any current events you would like to share with the PFN. 

Katherine Martin

Meeting Announcement

Thursday November 21, 2013

2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Masaryk Cowan Community Center
Sistering Room, 220 Cowan Ave.

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In this Newsletter:

1. Introduction
2. Meeting Announcement
3. Agency Profiles
4. Updated PFN Map 
Agency Profiles: 

Not Far From the Tree

Year Founded: Founded in 2008 (2010 became a Tides Initiatives Society Project).

Mission: Not Far From The Tree is Toronto’s very own fruit tree project, inspiring Torontonians to harvest, share, celebrate, and steward the bounty from our urban forest as a way to connect more intimately with a sound environmental way of life.
Food Programs: Not Far From The Tree puts Toronto’s fruit to good use by picking and sharing the bounty.  When a homeowner can’t keep up with the abundant harvest produced by their tree, they let us know and we mobilize our volunteers to pick the bounty. The harvest is split three ways: 1/3 is offered to the tree owner, 1/3 is shared among the volunteers, and 1/3 is delivered by bicycle to be donated to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens in the neighbourhood so that we’re putting this existing source of fresh fruit to good use. It’s a win-win-win situation!
Network Map
The updated network map can be found here:

Parkdale Community FoodBank

Year Founded: In 2008, the Food Bank became incorporated as a non-profit organization. Parkdale Community Food Bank will be celebrating its sixth anniversary November 17th, 2013. 
Mission: The work of a food bank is to provide supplementary nutritional support to those in the society who, through unemployment, disability or economic marginalization are unable to meet all of their dietary needs. Beyond the provision of food, the Parkdale Community Food Bank must be a place of dignity, safety, respite and repose, where participants are made to feel that they are respected members of a community of mutual support.
Food Programs: The Parkdale Community Food Bank distributes between 3.5 and 5 tonnes of food each week, serving up to 3,000 people each month.


Year Founded: Incorporated as a non-profit in 1977 and received charitable status in 1978
Mission: Houselink’s mission is to improve the quality of life of psychiatric consumers / survivors including those who are homeless or otherwise marginalized, through the provision of permanent affordable supportive housing and programs.
Food Programs: Community kitchens offer nutritious $1 meals seven days a week. Members accessing the food program join others in community gatherings that help to secure a nutritious meal. Member employees plan, shop for and cook all meals. Member volunteers also help with food preparation, set-up and clean-up. Houselink also offers Good Food Boxes, in partnership with Field to Table and group grocery shopping expeditions once a month. 
Parkdale Food Network
November 2013 Newsletter

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