Join the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) as they present three initiatives aimed at improving food security in Toronto at the micro (in our local neighborhood) and macro (across the city) levels. The primary take-away from this session will be on the role of food as the center of a holistic program model. Food security is not simply access to healthy food; PARC’s programs improve food literacy, reduce social isolation, support chronic disease prevention and promotes employment skill development. The second take-away is the opportunity to learn about the success of PARC’s cross-sectoral and diverse collaborative strategies. Finally, attendees will acquire first hand examples of system solutions in action. The session is action focused as the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre wants attendees to investigate replicating their program models in their own communities.