The Stop: How The Fight For Good Food Transformed A Community And Inspired A Movement

by Nick Saul, Andrea Curtis

Random House Of Canada | March 19, 2013 | Hardcover

The Stop: How The Fight For Good Food Transformed A Community And Inspired A Movement is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.3 × 6.26 × 1.14 in

Published: March 19, 2013

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307360784

ISBN - 13: 9780307360786

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a great Canadian intro to food policy and new opportunities I just read this in connection with the Toronto Book Awards competition, which is considering the book. It's very well-written -- clear and accessible, with lots of stories to personalize the analysis and bring it to life. In my opinion, this book puts the idea of community food centres front and centre as the next big food reform for the entire country. Just as every neighborhood needs a firehall and children's play area and elementary school to serve the population and bring people together, so every community needs a community food centre. Food serves a need that has to be filled, and it also brings people together. That understanding of food as multi-functional, I argue in my e-book, Food for City Building, is central to the food enthusiasm that comes out of Toronto, and is confirmed by the accomplishments of The STOP that are summarized and explained in this book.
Date published: 2014-09-09

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The Stop: How The Fight For Good Food Transformed A Community And Inspired A Movement

The Stop: How The Fight For Good Food Transformed A Community And Inspired A Movement

by Nick Saul, Andrea Curtis

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.3 × 6.26 × 1.14 in

Published: March 19, 2013

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307360784

ISBN - 13: 9780307360786

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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.

About the Author

NICK SAUL was executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto from 1998 to 2012 and is a recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacobs Prize and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He is now president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, an organization that will bring the innovations of The Stop to communities across Canada. www.cfccanada.ca
 
ANDREA CURTIS is an award-winning writer and editor. Her family memoir, Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck, won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Curtis’s first children’s book is What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. www.andreacurtis.ca
 
SAUL and CURTIS live with their two boys in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFINALIST 2014 – Taste Canada Awards—English-language Culinary Narratives CategoryFINALIST 2014 – Ontario Library Association Evergreen AwardFINALIST 2014 – Toronto Book Awards“The Stop is an inspiring true story about how a low-income neighbourhood used good food to take charge of its community—it’s a great lesson for all of us.” —Jamie Oliver “The riveting inside story of a food bank that through perseverance and principle turned itself into one of our most visionary movements for justice and equality.” —Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo“Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis have written a book that is both engaging and inspiring. Weaving the stories of members of the Stop community with observations from as far away as Brazil, they have given voice to the dilemmas that confront the food movement as it tries to respond simultaneously to the needs of poor people, the demands of justice, the fragility of the environment, and rising rates of diet-related disease. I love this book, both for the story it tells and for the spirit of hope and determination that pervades it. All food activists should read it.” —Janet Poppendieck, author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America and Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement “The journey that The Stop has undergone is in many ways the journey that the world food system must undergo. This Community Food Centre has realized that giving food handouts is not enough to durably tackle food
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