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Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) was founded in 2012 to power the development of Community Food Centres across Canada and support the broader community food sector to create impact and change. 


The Community Food Centre model was developed at The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto’s west end. Several of CFCC's founding staff were instrumental in developing the model. As The Stop became recognized as a national leader,  organizations across the country began to take notice, and wonder how they could build a Community Food Centre in their neighbourhood. Funding from the province and private donors supported the development of two pilot projects in Ontario – The Local CFC in Stratford and The Table CFC in Perth – in 2011 and 2012.
Following a successful pilot phase, CFCC launched in mid-2012 to fund and support the development of even more Community Food Centres from coast to coast. Since then Community Food Centres have opened in Winnipeg, Toronto’s South Riverdale neighbourhood, Dartmouth North, Calgary, Hamilton, Montreal, Kamloops, Nelson and Eel Ground First Nation bringing the total number to 11.

Our founding ambition also included supporting the broader community food sector, which we do by providing financial and programmatic support for the broader community food sector through the Good Food Organizations program, several grants streams, and our annual Food Summit.

While these programs and initiatives measurably improve the lives of Canadians struggling with poverty and food insecurity, we know that only progressive social policy can eliminate poverty and food insecurity at a large scale. We strive to support and mobilize our community members and engaged Canadians to speak out and advocate for those policies.

While The Stop and CFCC both remain committed to using food as a tool to build better health, community, and equity, as of April 2019, The Stop and CFCC are no longer affiliated as organizations, and The Stop no longer receives any funding from CFCC. The Stop continues to support its community with critical programs, and to fight for more supportive food and income policy. And CFCC continues to pursue its mission to create and support Community Food Centres across the country, and build health, belonging, and social justice in low-income communities through the power of food.
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