13th Annual Joint Agency Workshop

On May 14th, Second Harvest joined forces with Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest Food Bank to host a full day of interactive workshops that focused on accessibility. The event marked the 13th annual Joint Agency Workshop and was open to people who work and volunteer at one of our agencies.

With more than 100 attendees, the workshop took place at the College Street United Church. An engaging opportunity for agency representatives to share both experiences and insights with one another, the day challenged participants to think about the barriers people face who are struggling with food insecurity.

Divided into three break-out sessions, workshops included “Changes to ODSP,” “Online Accessibility/AODA,” “Mental Health Awareness 101,” and “Successibility.” The workshops explored topics such as the mobile food bank offered by the Red Cross, barriers that prevent people from accessing walk-in food banks, online aids including 211 and Findhelp Information services, changes to employment-related benefits and  how to best support clients coping with mental health issues.

Guests enjoyed a free lunch and ample opportunity to network.

The day finished with a panel discussion, “The cost of living with a disability: past, present and future,” and featured guest speakers: John Stapleton of Open Policy Ontario, Anne Borrelly, a Peer Support Specialist, Deanna Berry from the Rexdale Community Health Centre, and community advocates Kyle Vose and Opal Sparks.

The discussion was an empowering finish to the day, highlighting the importance of both listening and advocating for improved accessibility across Toronto.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s workshop.

To view a list of agencies we serve, click here.