Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
4:00pm

The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement with Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis

Hosted by the Ottawa Citizen's Joanne Chianello

The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement with Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis

Hosted by the Ottawa Citizen's Joanne Chianello
27
Saturday
Apr
2013
4:00pm
Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
Photo by Karri North

It began as a food bank. It turned into a movement.

 

In 1998, when Nick Saul became executive director of The Stop, the little urban food bank was like thousands of other cramped, dreary, makeshift spaces, a last-hope refuge where desperate people could stave off hunger for one more day with a hamper full of canned salt, sugar and fat. The produce was wilted and the packaged foods were food-industry castoffs—mislabelled products and misguided experiments that no one wanted to buy. For users of the food bank, knowing that this was their best bet for a meal was a humiliating experience. 

 

Since that time, The Stop has undergone a radical reinvention. Participation has overcome embarrassment, and the isolation of poverty has been replaced with a vibrant community that uses food to build hope and skills, and to reach out to those who need a meal, a hand and a voice. It is now a thriving, internationally respected Community Food Centre with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers’ markets and a mission to revolutionize our food system. 

 

In telling the remarkable story of The Stop’s transformation, Saul and Curtis argue that we need a new politics of food, one in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table. By turns funny, sad and raw, The Stop is a timely story about overcoming obstacles, challenging sacred cows and creating lasting change.

 

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