Brigette Reviews 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 and Andrea Curtis

The Stop

Describe it in 25 words or less. An account of how a Toronto food bank became a community food centre admired world-wide.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Who was your favorite part and why? My favorite part was the Eat The Math campaign where prominent Toronto citizens were asked to live off a typical food bank hamper and were asked to write, blog, tweet about it. I loved this so much because there’s nothing like first-hand experience to really make you aware of thing. (Most of the participants found it to difficult and could not finish the challenge.)

Who was your least favorite part and why? My least favorite part would be all the years (around 15) it took to get where they are today from emergency food bank to a community food centre that is being modeled around the world. It has been a long and tiring journey for all involved and still there are people living in hunger even in the neighborhood of The Stop.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It was an immediately intriguing book. I liked the author’s voice but it was so genuine that I also felt how tired and stressed fighting for what you think is right can make you.

What did you think of the ending? It was full of hope with The Stop opening other community food centres around Canada and writing instructions for others around the world to model their community food centres after.

>What was the moral of the story? EVERYONE should have access to healthy and sustainable food.

Did you learn anything? I learned a huge amount about food banks and social justice.

Favorite quote: “We are connected to each other in an essential way – by our shared humanity – and when thousands or millions of people are living in poverty, in poor health, hungry and poorly housed or homeless, our society as a whole is lesser for it.” – Nick Saul

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone interested in social justice especially involving food or anyone who needs inspiring.

Number of unknown words: 13

Craft/Activity: How to grow and use amaranth (callaloo).

Recipe: Shiro Wot (Ethiopian Chickpea Flour Stew)

Could you live on $580 a month?

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