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The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement

by Nick Saul

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Business. Sociology. Nonfiction. Economics. HTML:"[A] terrific book about a visionary post‚??food bank project." ‚??Michael Pollan
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British super chef Jamie Oliver called it "amazing," writing that he'd traveled all over the world and never seen anything like it. New York Times food writer Mark Bittman called it "one of those forward-thinking groups pointing the way to the future of good food." Raj Patel, the critically acclaimed author of Stuffed and Starved, said he was "blown away" by it.
So what is it? The Stop, a Community Food Centre that has revolutionized the way we combat hunger and poverty.
Since community worker Nick Saul became the executive director of The Stop in 1998, it has been transformed from a cramped food bank to a thriving, internationally respected Community Food Centre. The Stop has flourished with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers' markets and a mission to revolutionize our food system. In a voice that's "never preachy" (MacLean's), Saul and Curtis share what The Stop could mean for the future of food, and argue that everyone deserves a dignified, healthy place at the
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  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
The Stop is the story of a food bank in a low-income area of Toronto that became more than just a food bank. but the start of a movement to bring good quality food to all communities. One of the big concerns with the modern food industry is that low-income people don't have access or the income in order to eat healthily which leads to health issues as well as other issues (the chapter where the authors describe living off a food bank hamper for a week is very telling), meanwhle so much food goes to waste. Food banks have been a band aid since they were introduced in the 1980s - they were only supposed to be temporary. This was a very eye-opening read and good reading for anyone that cares about social justice. ( )
  Jane-Phillips | May 29, 2017 |
This is an inspirational book about a highly successful community food centre in Toronto, The Stop, that started off as a traditional food bank. It is presented in author Nick Saul's voice, even though it was co-written with his spouse.

When Saul took over management of The Stop, he initiated a number of controversial changes, such as turning down food donations that were deemed unhealthy. The main ideas he tried to instill were that impoverished people deserved as much as everyone else to have tasty and healthy food, that giving them such food would save the government money by reducing health-care costs, and that food can be used to promote a sense of community. Some of the programs started at The Stop include community gardens, after-school cooking classes for kids, multicultural themed dinners, and prenatal nutrition classes.

As well as telling the story of The Stop, Saul also discusses at length the role of the food bank in society and the reasons for moving away from the current model that exists in most urban centres in Canada. He argues that the way most food banks operate tends to diminish the dignity of the people who must use them. Instead, The Stop attempts to serve them in a more respectful and empowering way.

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the politics of food. Some parts are a little tedious and preachy, but the personal stories are enjoyable, and the discussion of the logistical aspects of delivering healthy food to so many people is very interesting. I was also happy to learn that Jamie Oliver had given The Stop his endorsement. ( )
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Business. Sociology. Nonfiction. Economics. HTML:"[A] terrific book about a visionary post‚??food bank project." ‚??Michael Pollan
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

British super chef Jamie Oliver called it "amazing," writing that he'd traveled all over the world and never seen anything like it. New York Times food writer Mark Bittman called it "one of those forward-thinking groups pointing the way to the future of good food." Raj Patel, the critically acclaimed author of Stuffed and Starved, said he was "blown away" by it.
So what is it? The Stop, a Community Food Centre that has revolutionized the way we combat hunger and poverty.
Since community worker Nick Saul became the executive director of The Stop in 1998, it has been transformed from a cramped food bank to a thriving, internationally respected Community Food Centre. The Stop has flourished with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers' markets and a mission to revolutionize our food system. In a voice that's "never preachy" (MacLean's), Saul and Curtis share what The Stop could mean for the future of food, and argue that everyone deserves a dignified, healthy place at the

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