In April 2016, a Toronto resident and member of Bunz Trading Zone community, posts on the forum that he is in search of a trade for a banana. He explained that he wasn’t going hungry, but unexpectedly low finances had left him without a budget for fresh, healthy food. Fellow Bunz member, Kate Salter, along with many within the community offered him support of fresh food. With having worked in areas of food insecurity since she was a teenager, Kate started to wonder if this was an overlooked area of need. How many people in the city that find themselves experiencing food insecurity; fit the temporary,unexpectedintermittent inability to access nutritious food rather than those who require longer term solutions and assistance.
That evening Salter decided to post an offer to anyone within the Bunz community that was experiencing this short-term type of need, a of healthy, nutritious food. She asked them to send her a message requesting her help. The following morning she woke to an outpouring of heartfelt support, encouragement, assistance and engagement. Most concerning though was the overwhelming number of requests for assistance.
Within days of the initial post on bunz, Kate joins forces with Communications/ Creative Director, Shannon Candido as co-founders of the project GoodFood Help, a discreet, compassionate, peer-to-peer initiative that aims to deliver healthful, nutritious parcels of food to Toronto residents who are experiencing instances of food insecurity.