In 2014, The Alex Community Health Centre partnered with Community Food Centres Canada to launch Calgary’s first Community Food Centre in the city’s Forest Lawn neighbourhood. The Alex CHC has been providing frontline services to the Calgary community for over 40 years. The new Community Food Centre expands on existing programs by increasing access to healthy food, enhancing skills, building better physical and mental health, and empowering the community.
The Alex Community Food Centre officially launched in the fall of 2016, and is located in a 5,200-square-foot former restaurant on International Ave; renovations transformed the space into a vibrant community gathering place with a community dining room, a commercial kitchen, community gardens, space for after-school programs and civic engagement activities, and advocacy support offices. The CFC offers food access, food skills, and education and engagement programs to low-income community members. Through healthy meals, community kitchens and gardens, education programs for kids, peer support, civic engagement activities, and public education, The Alex CFC aims to increase physical and mental health and community connections, and engage people in meaningful social change.
This is the second Community Health Centre–Community Food Centre partnership in Canada. (The first is the NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre in Winnipeg.) We look forward to continuing to explore how that innovation can positively impact the health and well-being of low-income community members.
+ Read CBC News' article on the launch of The Alex Community Food Centre
+ Read Grainswest's piece on the table being set at The Alex CFC
+ Check out this video and Q&A from the Calgary Herald on The Alex CFC
+ Find out more about The Alex CFC on their website
+ Watch this video on the project: