News and announcements 02/20/2015


Community Food Centres Canada(CFCC) is pleased to announce significant new funding from the Lawson Foundation that will support sector-strengthening knowledge exchange and capacity-building activities, as well as the development of innovative food programs for children and youth.

The five-year, $1.375-million grant from the Lawson Foundation will support the CFCC’s Good Food Organizations initiative, which is aimed at supporting the capacity of more than 60 affiliated Good Food Organizations across Canada to provide impactful community food programs grounded in shared principles of dignity, equity, and a focus on health. A first round of Good Food Organizations was announced in late 2014; visit the website for the full list. A second round will be announced at the end of February. The program will offer affiliates a suite of supports around program design, evaluation, communications, fundraising, as well as a related small grants stream.

Funding from the Lawson Foundation will also support the development of a variety of innovative children- and youth-directed food skills programs offered at Community Food Centres and Good Food Organizations. These organizations will receive support to develop programs that will get kids learning about and enjoying cooking, growing and eating healthy foods. The program will be designed to marry best practices about what actually works to develop new skills and habits with local knowledge and experience. The resulting resources and learning will be shared with other organizations in the network. Dr. Mike Evans, physician and founder of Evans Health Lab, will also be a partner in the project, working with CFCC on a series of practical healthy eating whiteboard videos for use in healthy eating programs and with a public audience.

“The child and youth innovation grants are a great example of creating a sum that is more than its parts.  When we bring together community innovation with the strategic supports that an organization like ours can offer, it creates the opportunity for our affiliates to further build the case for what they do and to share what they’ve learned with others,” says Kathryn Scharf, Vice President, National Programs at Community Food Centres Canada.  “At the end of the day, we all share the goal to use food to work for healthier, more connected people and communities.”

 “The Lawson Foundation is pleased to support the development of innovative child- and youth-focused food skills programs among CFCs and their partners to create the basis for lifelong healthy eating habits for children and youth,” said Marcel Lauzière, Executive Director of the Lawson Foundation. “We strongly believe in the importance of knowledge exchange and mobilization to strengthen capacity.  This initiative will create a community of practice for community-based food programs that will be a catalyst to start shifting the conversation about how organizations work on health and equity issues in low-income communities.”

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Community Food Centres Canada provides resources and a proven approach to partner organizations across Canada to create Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity for impact and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system.

The Lawson Foundation, with a focus on the well-being of children and youth, invests in and engages with ideas, people and organizations that contribute to healthy outcomes across the lifecourse.

 

For more information:

Christina Palassio, Director of Communications, Community Food Centres Canada

416 531 8826 ext 229 or christina@cfccanada.ca

 

Karen Shelstad, Program Manager, The Lawson Foundation

519 667 5114 ext 223 or kshelstad@lawson.ca