This year, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Somerset West Community Health Centre conducted a study to explore how to increase food access for residents of West Centretown.
West Centretown has had no full-service grocery store since 2006. A lack of easy access to affordable and culturally appropriate food is difficult for many residents in the neighbourhood, in particular low-income individuals and families with no vehicle or with mobility challenges. This has a significant impact on physical and mental health.
With funding from OTF, we explored different models to provide affordable, fresh and healthy food that have been successful in communities similar to ours. We hired business consultants from the Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) to study the potential of one or two models to meet the food needs of the neighbourhood.
Food kiosks (in the immediate term) and a community food store (in the long term) were identified as two possibilities for the neighbourhood, that could offer:
Healthy, affordable and culturally-appropriate produce and prepared meals,
Easy and accessible locations, and
Community building opportunities
For more information about this project please contact Magda Osman at email@example.com.
Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of this project.