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We work to eradicate poverty, food insecurity and improve the health and well-being of low-income Canadians. We do this by funding dynamic and responsive Community Food Centres and food programs that support people to eat well, connect with their neighbours and contribute, through advocacy and mutual support, to a more just and inclusive Canada.


Building and supporting Community Food Centres

We partner with local organizations to build Community Food Centres. These partnerships are long-term and intensive. All Community Food Centres are expected to offer programs in the Community Food Centre's three core areas, and are required to meet ongoing operating standards requirements.  
We partner with organizations that
  • are registered Canadian charities or qualified donees, e.g.: incorporated not-for-profit organization with audited financial statements;
  • have a board of directors;
  • have existing, trusting relationships with members of a low-income community;
  • can demonstrate community need and support;
  • embrace the shared Community Food Centre vision, strategic objectives and principles, and program model, and can demonstrate that the board, senior staff and other key stakeholders are supportive of the mission direction
  • have or can secure the physical space required for programs, including a commercial kitchen, dining/meeting space, offices, and a garden;

Community Food Centres Canada's call out for new Community Food Centres has concluded, and we are no longer accepting  applications at this time.  If you are an organization working to offer healthy and dignified food programs in your community, we encourage you to learn more about the Good Food Organization program here.

Good Food Organizations program

The Good Food Organizations program aims to increase the capacity of community food security organizations to offer healthy and dignified food programs. The program offers resources, customized training, and chances to network and promote shared priorities.
Organizations can join this program if they
  • are registered Canadian charities or qualified donees such as an incorporated not-for-profit organization with audited financial statements;
  • offer community food programs;
  • have the capacity to commit to to implementing the Good Food Principles


We fund organizations through two grants streams: Child and Youth Innovation, and FoodFit.
Organizations are eligible to apply for grants if they
  • are a registered Canadian charity or qualified donee such as an incorporated not-for-profit organization with audited financial statements;
  • have the capacity to offer programs in the granting areas;
  • are willing to share learnings and resources produced during the granting period with other grantees and our wider network.

The Child and Youth grant is for Good Food Organization members only. 

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