BEST SO­CIAL EN­TER­PRISE

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FOOD­SHARE 200 Eastern, 416-363-6441 The fre­netic non-profit en­trepreneurs down at Food­share’s Eastern Av­enue hive show there’s no con­tra­dic­tion be­tween feed­ing the peo­ple and fight­ing the power. Talk about a crowded agenda – th­ese anti-cor­po­rate food­ies pump nu­tri­tion, sus­tain- able farm­ing, so­cial jus­tice and self­help com­mu­nity in­sti­tu­tions. They send out 4,000 boxes of fresh pro­duce a week, set up salad bars in schools, pro­vide cooking train­ing for at-risk youth, open their industrial kitchen to would-be en­trepreneurs and man­age a cater­ing, com­post­ing, seedling and bee­hive biz. World-wise exec direc­tor Deb­bie Field be­lieves chang­ing hearts and chang­ing the sys­tem are si­mul­ta­ne­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, so don’t ex­pect her to ped­dle a junk food ban in high schools. Ev­ery­one, she says, chooses well when there are tasty op­tions. P.S.: Can be ap­plied to so­cial change move­ments ev­ery­where.

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