Food Access Survey Results

This survey data was collected April 7-30, 2021.

All Comments from SoHo Food Access Survey

Local grocery or market would be convenient. Many people here don’t drive.
I strongly believe, we need diverse and numerous opportunities to reacquaint ourselves with local foods & “seed to table concepts – planting, maintenance, harvesting, processing, storage & seed collection! As well as learning about the most sustainable ways to grow foods (perennial, self seeding & use of wild edibles”) rain harvesting, no dig, building soil, use of compost teas, companion planting/ pollinator gardens, bird and bat houses,  leaves for mulching & enrichment of the soil & neigbbourhood compost systems is doable & would be VERY exciting!

When we collaborate so as to share resources (tools, seeds, land, perennials, the harvest etc., we strengthen relationships & make our neighbourhood more resilient.

COVID Aja’s made us vulnerable. Yet, we can safe distance & ensure a more resilient neigbbourhood!

As the expression goes we can give fish or teach people to fish.

We have untapped resources & expertise in SoHO.

Let’s empower everyone wanting to be a part of the process & solutions, so as to have an inclusive and thriving neighbourhood.

Food banks do not empower or teach skills of self sufficiency or resiliency. They maintain the status quo.

With time, hopefully resident farmers, can contribute to a neigbbourhood market so as to supplement their income.
Small neighbourhood food access is very important.  Not everyone has a vehicle.  Not everyone has a garden. 
I would love to see fresh produce available for purchase at the neighbourhood convenience stores for the folks who typically get most of their food from these stores.
Access to fresh produce is the most important thing that our community struggles with
We have a FB Group “SoHo’s Growing Power” to promote gardening, including a SoHo seed bank (run by Fournier Studio) and gardening help. We need a market, and more accessible community garden space.
An affordable grocery store in Soho is so important! We have empty lots, it’s be great to see even a small grocery store open.
I’d love for something to be in the area. I do not go  to big box shopping stores like Loblaws. But I go to farm boy which is a bit of a track. Would love for something small like that to be in the area.
There are lots of empty hospital parking lots in this neighbourhood; it would be wonderful to see some of those converted into community gardens or food forests.
We need a grocery store. It is the most equitable, universal, and effective first step in addressing the food desert issue for EVERYONE in the neighbourhood.
Restaurants with outdoor patios and farmers markets create meeting places and strengthen a sense of community. It was hard to answer about other programs you suggested. I think they could be important if there is interest or need, however I likely would not use them myself.
We have been promised a grocery store for years and we are still waiting. A small grocery store was opened on Dundas and Colborne but the prices were exorbitant. And they soon closed.  We need a grocery store with comparable prices to other locations. Small convenience  stores are okay in a pinch but not for weekly shopping.
A low cost preorder grocery store for staples (canned goods, sauces, bread, milk) and some essential vegetables would be perfect.
grocery store very important
build a grocery store in the downtown area it does not matter where you go but the closest grocery store is 2 to 5 miles from us and unless you drive it is not very convenient.
Grocery store within walking distance to the mission, would suffice.
We desperately need a grocery store. Once the European Market closed on Horton Street, we were left without any affordable place to get produce, meat and fish, and canned goods. The variety stores charge astronomical prices as does International Bakery, which has reduced the amount of products that it carries. As a senior with mobility issues, and in the pandemic, I often can’t physically get to No Frills at Hamilton Road and Highbury. So I end up relying on Shopper’s Drugs but again the choices are limited and the prices are very high. What would really help in SoHo is to have a community bus that would pick up seniors once or twice a week to go to two or three grocery stores. I am not certain we will ever see a grocery store located again in SoHo or downtown London. I find the downtown market (Covent Garden) too expensive and too limited in selections. And too many people are relying on the Dollar Stores for food, and it is far from healthy.
we need a grocery store , full stop.  everything else would be wonderful, but losing the grocery stores we had was a huge blow.
A community garden or gardening allotment would be ideal as well as a food bank distribution point and a weekly food box of fresh produce.
A grocery store in the neighborhood would make it possible for us to do our shopping in the community instead of having to drive elsewhere to purchase food.  A weekly farmer’s market would strengthen the community spirit (and allow us access to fresh food locally)
Our business is in SoHo so I try to support the locals as much as possible. The access to fresh food is so limited in the area.
We need a grocery store badly.
The formerly great LTC bus service (Kipps Lane) to the Food Basics on Pond Mills is not an attractive option during the ongoing pandemic. SOHO and the Downtown Core need the variety and lower prices of a not necessarily chain but a grocery-type store (convenience stores are great if you run out of something but the inflated prices are unsustainable as a regular source of items; ditto for the Carling Street Shoppers DrugMart prices).  We need affordable food options; those with cars can drive anywhere to get food; those on foot have more challenges and less options: need accessible and affordable.  The International Bakery has expanded their produce section, but once again, one pays more per item.  

On the rare occasions when I walk downtown to Covent Garden Market for an overpriced item I have noted the trays of sandwiches and bananas in front of Double D’s Pawn Shop at Wellington and Horton Streets; I applaud that local business’ outreach efforts to feed the hungry amongst us.
See answers to question 2.
Having been in SoHo since 1995, my perspective is that there is a lack of City planning when is comes to so called communities within the city.  SoHo is a Horton, Wellington, Adelaide traffic corridor.  Without planning to include retail within the hospital grounds redevelopment or elsewhere, there is no core or centre of SoHo.  There has been repeated talk of  access to food in SoHo for as long as I have been here.  The question to me has always been -what income level does SoHo food access want to address and if low income, does that mean that is the type of housing area SoHo wants to become.  Personally I would rather see SoHo developed to attract young families with a moderate income rather than social services and low income housing which it seems to be now ( in the area of Wellington, Horton, Simcoe at least).
A grocery store would be ideal. People who do not drive are somewhat “forced” to buy heavily processed food for its shelf life. If you have to take the bus to a proper store with fairly priced fresh food you’re certainly not going every day, so people’s choices reflect that.
We need to learn how to grow food and portion it so that it can be shared. A farmers’ market would be amazing. Young ones need to learn about food prep so as to reduce reliance on processed / premade food.
Soho needs more businesses like small grocery stores that are walkable. More community gardens would idea since Meredith has been full since I moved back to London in 2014.
There is an opportunity to create a unique and varied restaurant food experience (think boho/hipster/foodie) district in the area and have the community group and city helping to advertise and promote it. Could start with something as simple as food truck Friday and have a series of food trucks all come to one of the many unused parking lots. The community group could promote it and it could serve as a starting point for people thinking out side the main restaurant district for food experiences. Then build a longer range plan of adding in farmers market and vendors market surrounding that momentum – and a longer range plan of attracting permanent unique food experiences to the area to grow off the initial push with the trucks/markets
front yard harvestables – small planter boxes in yards including potted herbs, vegetables, etc located near sidewalks, or simply at street corners- maintained by homeowners – locations/ready-dates could be shared locally, enabling SoHo residents to have (albeit limited) access to a somewhat wider variety of foods without having to grow a variety of plants themselves.
Something that is closer for the older people or where they can get help when needed
SOHO needs a grocery store.
We need a local food source of some kind in the neighborhood.  A farmers market would probably
be seasonal, but everything helps.  Also a community kitchen is a good idea for people who have food
shortage issues,  The Centre of Hope could use help in that regard on the weekends. 
Mobile market
Grocery store
Have some community gardens in the soho area
We need a grocery store in Soho – could be full size or at least the size of the Value Mart in Wortley Village. Seasonal farmer’s market would also be great!