Black Communities & Food Access Panel
Toronto, ON, Canada
Food transcends all communities and knows no bounds, yet when it comes to food access BIPOC communities are increasingly vulnerable to the lack of nutritious, locally sourced, socially just food.
What has become a web series during the pandemic, the Food is Life series, now comes to you in the form of a panel with Black community leaders who will speak to the impact that food has on Black communities and the need to do better to address systemic racism within our food systems.
Speakers Walied Khogali, Michelle Lewis and Crystal Mark will share their thoughts, expertise and lived experiences to raise awareness and funds, to support Black post-secondary students to access fresh produce this summer.
With host Farheen Khan, Executive Director of Meal Exchange, this is sure to be an exceptional evening of inspiration and the pulling of heart strings. We encourage you to attend, watch while eating a meal, and if you are able to, donate to support Black student food access. We've partnered with Black Creek Community Farm and York United Black Students' Alliance to delivery fresh food boxes to Black students in Toronto this summer. A weekly box of fresh produce for a student is on average $20 and it goes a long way to support students!
Invite others to join in- share our Facebook Event Page! This event will also be streamed on Facebook Live if you are not able to access on Zoom.
Ways to donate to support the food access fund for Black students:
Click from the drop-down menu here: https://mealexchange.itachi.live/donation/main
Or add a donation when you reserve your free ticket to the panel
About the panelists:
Crystal Mark: Crystal Mark is a creative, visionary leader committed to social change through an anti-racist and equity lens. Specializing in Writing, Public Speaking and Relationship Management, Crystal has developed communities in Ontario through her workshops, mobilizations efforts, organizational reviews and publications. Crystal currently works for the Office of the Vice President Equity and Community Inclusion at Ryerson University.
Walied Khogali: Wailed has worked to champion issues such as affordable transit, environmental stewardship, equity and human rights in the Regent Park community and across the city of Toronto for many years. Walied served as the President of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, and is a founding member of the transit advocacy organization, TTC Riders. He is the Co-Founder of the Coalition Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia (CAWSI).
Michelle Lewis: Michelle Lewis is a registered social worker with over 10 years of experience working in community settings with people living with and/or affected by mental illness and/or addictions. She is currently a Clinical Program Manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association, part-time Professor at Humber College in both their Social Service Worker and post-grad Addictions and Mental Health diploma programs.
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