YORK REGION FOOD NETWORK
The global pandemic has changed life as we know it by impacting hundreds of thousands of youth from across York Region who are unable to walk across the graduation stage, work the summer job they had lined up, join clubs and sports, or learn in the same way. COVID-19 has also dramatically altered who can purchase food, how we access food, how we consume food, and even who we eat our meals with.
We are at the cusp of change and we have been presented with the opportunity to reimagine a just future. Youth voices need to be at the table when discussing a just recovery and the future of York Region. Youth represent a significant portion of the population, with 146,875 youth from the ages of 15 to 24 years old living in York Region (2016 Census).
“The reality of education, housing, employment and social inequities are among the many obstacles faced by youth”, says Gurneet Dhami, communications and policy intern with York Region Food Network and Social Planning Council of York Region. “Youth voices are needed ensure York Region is a livable place for everyone now and in the future.”
To bring youth voices to the table, York Region Food Network (YRFN) presents Let's Talk Food: What is York Region's Food Future? virtual keynote and panel discussion where youth will share their insights on anti-racism, public health, nutrition, agriculture and community development. We call on youth aged 17+ residing in York Region (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville) to join us for a virtual panel and discussion.
When: Sept. 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual event held on Zoom
Register for Let’s Talk Food: What is York Region's Food Future? here. Even though we prioritize York Region youth, all other community members and youth from outside the Region are also invited to join.