Youth Stories of Love, Comfort, Culture and Survival – Black Mental Health Week Panel Discussion with Soul Food Project

Join FoodShare on March 3rd from 1pm-2pm as we honour Black youth voices in celebration of the City of Toronto’s Black Mental Health Week.


In partnership with #SoulFoodProjectTO, this panel will shine a light on the stories of love, comfort, culture, and survival from diverse Black youth voices. The panel discussion will explore the theme of Black youth experiences, food, and mental health.


FoodShare is excited to welcome our speakers:

Our very own Sheldomar Elliott, FoodShare’s Food Rx Coordinator, will be moderating.

Our three panellists are Black youth from around Toronto, contributors to the #SoulFoodProjectTO community cookbook – a Black youth-led collection of recipes, stories, conversations, and creative pieces on the food that feeds us in so many ways.

Ekow Stone is an emerging artist and farmer based in Toronto. He studied Environment and Urban Sustainability at Ryerson University, where he assisted in community-based research projects focussed on gentrification and environmental justice. He is a core member of the Black Artist’s Union, an artist collective that supports and facilitates the movement and elevation of Black artists and creatives. Ekow loves to pick flowers, engage in dialogue, and day dream.

Hannah Godefa is a researcher and human rights activist. Her interests include gender issues in international relations, civil wars, and conflict management in East Africa. She has also published work on research methods and design, including pieces focused on data analysis & visualization, and inclusivity. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The World by Marco Werman, BBC Radio, CBC and The Walrus Talks. She has written for CNN, VICE Impact and peer-reviewed outlets such as Small Wars & Insurgencies. She has consulted with Partnership For Change Norway, Global Education Skills Forum (GESF), UN Women, the UN Foundation, the UN Global Compact and a variety of other organizations. Godefa received her B.A. in Political Science from Duke University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking and spending time in nature.

alisa buckley (she/they) is dedicated to researching and writing about black culture, history, creativity, and all of the things that make black communities both unique and deeply interconnected. they are an aspiring novelist, who also loves to share their voice through personal essays and short stories. their favourite dish is ackee and saltfish, they use a jeopardy desk calendar, and are a 5th house stellium — so creative self-expression is a must. you can find their other published work in bashy magazine (

Join us on Zoom or FoodShare’s Facebook Live and REGISTER HERE (hot tip – you can also submit questions for our panellists when you register!)