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In 2019, we sat down with more than 691 community members at 10 Community Food Centres to find out how coming to their Community Food Centre has affected their lives.

Here’s what people told us:

96% say their Community Food Centre is a source of healthy food

“I wouldn’t be eating as well. I wouldn’t be able to afford as much. I’d rely on more processed food. I couldn’t host dinners either. The routine and being around healthy food encourages me to eat healthier too.” – Dartmouth North CFC Participant

76% have made healthy changes to their diet since they started coming to their CFC

“There's so much I've learned from different programs. Doing something different. Trying foods I'd never tried because I didn't know how to cook them or what they tasted like.” – community member, Stratford

59% have noticed positive changes in their physical health

"Having stable food sources, it really helps keep my sugar levels down and maintaining my overall health. My doctor thinks it's made a huge difference.” – community member, Calgary

71% have noticed positive changes in their mental health

“I think more positively. I started thinking that somebody cares about me.” – community member, Winnipeg

93% feel that they belong to a community at their centre

“You get to know more people and get to know the needs of the community. We were new and it was hard to meet people but you make friends here. You have a sense of community and place to meet here.” – The Table CFC Participant


56% of participants reported they had become more involved in their community

“I know a lot more people now and we always tell each other about events that are going on.” – The Local CFC Participant

Check out our 2020 Annual Report to learn more

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