The Stop

The Stop

How the Fight for Good Food Transformed A Community and Inspired A Movement

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.

FINALIST 2014 – Heritage Toronto Award

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. Celebrities and benefactors have embraced the vision because they have never seen anything like The Stop. Best of all, fourteen years after his journey started, Nick Saul is introducing this neighbourhood success story to the world.

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.



Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780307360786
Branch Call Number: 363.883 SAU
Characteristics: xviii, 299 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Curtis, Andrea

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racing14 Apr 09, 2017

I could not put this down. I was surprised to learn this organization exists right in our backyard.
Truly inspiring story about a group of people who have brought to light an important part of society and how there are better, more creative and engaging ways to assist.
A must read.

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vickder
Sep 29, 2014

An interesting case study about the evolution of a food bank's charity model to a non-profit business.Lots of good lessons for activists to consider in the creation of a food centre that engages members.

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