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COMMUNITY SERVICES | Working with Scarborough residents to build strong and healthy communities

Food Security

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Access to sustainable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food is a human right. Yet, in Toronto, 1 in 5 families experience food insecurity and this number has only worsened during COVID-19. Food insecurity is strongly influenced by intricate social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental factors. Insufficient food can result in serious health complications, stunted growth in children, cultural disconnect and worsening poverty. 

When we all have access to food, we can grow healthy, connected communities. How we source, prepare, and eat our food is central to our well-being, environmental well-being, and our cultures. ACSA works closely with community members to reduce barriers to food access and ensures that people's food needs are met today. ACSA further prioritizes long term solutions by supporting communities to advocate for long-term and systemic solutions to food insecurity.

At ACSA, our Food Security department offers year-round programming to help increase access to culturally relevant, affordable, and healthy food. With communal gardens, cooking programs, and nutritional education, ACSA takes a holistic approach to challenging food insecurity.




Left to right: a large circular mosaic table depicting a blue sky, flowers, common wildlife critters and insects, and acloser view of a mosaic squirrel


For more information regarding programs, please contact:

Tyrzah M., Food Security and Engagement Coordinator at


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“Having no other family in this country other than my children, the community hub became my second home.”
Fatima Abdille, Steeles-L'Amoreaux, June 2015

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