by Malcolm Jolley

FoodShare was started in the 1980s by the (then) City of Toronto as resource for people looking for food banks, and they still operate the FoodLink hotline that connects people to food. But, since the ealry 90s, under the leadership of Executive Director Debbie Field, FoodShare has been at the forefront of innovative programming around good food in Toronto.

I visited their headquarters, a decommissioned technical highschool close to Bloor and Dufferin, to meet with their Fundraising and Communications Manager, Adrienne De Francesco. We were supposed to be discussing FoodShare’s membership as a GFR ‘Certified Good Food Fighter’ and their upcoming event, Recipe for Change on May 26*. But I couldn’t resist a tour, and (some of) what happened on that two hour tour is presented in the 20 minute video below. Even so, I think we barely scratched the surface…

*Watch this space for more information on Recipe for Change, one of Toronto’s premier food events. Click here to see photos from last year and save the date: May 26. And visit to find out more about this amazing organisation.

Malcolm Jolley is the Founding Editor of Good Food Revolution and Executive Director of Good Food Media, the non-profit organization that publishes GFR. Follow him at

This video was made possible through the kind support of Fortessa Canada / Schott Zwiesel.