The Stop

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The Stop

Author: Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis

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

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….

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