“Food for health – Food for all”
“YRFN drives change through education and advocacy, connecting and empowering people to access healthy food.”
Our work is guided by the fundamental belief in the right to food. York Region Food Network believes that as a signatory of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has a legal obligation to “respect, protect and fulfil the right to food”.
We believe that good food is crucial for physical, mental, emotional and cultural wellbeing. Food is a powerful tool for community building. Healthy communities are developed when we have a diversity of perspectives and lived experiences sharing a meal at a table.
We believe that food systems and food sovereignty have an important role to play in fostering Truth and Reconciliation and in respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). As an organization, we are committed to learning the truth and integrating learning and teachings into our program and service delivery.
We believe that systemic issues that benefit a few at the expense of many can only start to be changed when we have a mix of people at the table. Participants in community food programs need to represent the community, thus we strive for a mix of socio-economic backgrounds, ages, cultures and languages in all our programs and initiatives.
Six core values guide our actions.
- We value health, taking a whole foods and hands-on approach to food preparation, prioritizing nutritious foods.
- We value equity and social justice, applying a poverty reduction lens and anti-oppressive practices.
- We value the power of choice because people are healthier when they can choose what food they eat.
- We value the conversations and connections made when people with different perspectives and lived experiences share a meal.
- We strive to have a positive environmental impact, prioritizing local and sustainably produced foods, regenerative agriculture, plant-based meals and waste-free practices.
- We value food literacy and skills, creating educational programs around growing food, healthy cooking and the local food economy.