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COMMUNITY SERVICES | Working with Scarborough residents to build strong and healthy communities

Food Security

ACSA's Food Security department offers year-round programming to help increase access to good, healthy food. With communal gardens, cooking programs, and nutritional education, ACSA takes a holistic approach to challenging food insecurity.



Community Gardens

At ACSA, gardeners and residents can access four different vegetable gardens. Located at Midland and Finch, McNicoll and Middlefield, and right at the Chester Le Community Corner, they provide clients with fresh, organic produce throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Three of the sites offer allotment-based membership, where clients can register for a plot for the season. They can grow their own veggies, and take home their harvest.

Our newest garden at Chester Le is a communal garden, where residents learn the basics of food growing. The produce harvested supplements ACSA’s cooking programs, and is also given to volunteers to take home.



Garden Socials

From June until the end of October, the Community Corner holds weekly Garden Socials. In this program, participants spend time in the community garden planting, harvesting, tending to vegetables, and learning new growing techniques. Afterwards, a large lunch is provided, and participants can socialize and make new connections in the community.



Guest Chef

Guest Chef is a six-week cooking program that features the culinary skills of our local residents. Participants sign up to lead cooking workshops as “Guest Chefs,” and teach workshop attendees how to prepare and cook a dish. Dishes are often based on the Guest Chef’s culinary cultural heritage, and with each week featuring a different Chef, participants will learn a wide range of cooking skills and cuisine styles.


Cooking Healthy Together

For parents of young children aged 0 to 6, Cooking Healthy Together is a six-week program that focuses on cooking with a low-income budget. With childminding included, parents can bring their children and learn ways to incorporate food bank and inexpensive supermarket items into a nutritious, family-friendly meal. Participants cook together, eat together, and take home recipes.


For more information regarding program, please contact Ekta A. at   



Community voices

“Having no other family in this country other than my children, the community hub became my second home.”
Fatima Abdille, Steeles-L'Amoreaux, June 2015

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