Happy New Year! We hope your 2019 is off to a great start, and that it will be filled with good food, good health, new connections, and meaningful action.
Last year was a big year for our movement. Thanks to our donors and supporters, we welcomed two new Community Food Centres to the family: The Depot CFC in Montreal, and the Natoaganeg CFC in Eel Ground First Nation, N.B. Through these new partnerships and our national programs and grants, we provided direct funding to more than 50 communities across Canada. And that wasn’t all. Check out our 2018 year in review for the full recap.
The outlook for 2019 is mixed. The daily reality for millions of Canadians who struggle with food insecurity and poverty is grim: the cost of food, housing, and basic necessities continues to rise, and wages and social assistance rates aren’t even close to keeping up. In many places, Ontario most notably, promised income increases are being slashed, and divisive policies are making an already impossible situation even worse.
At the same time, several policy initiatives have the potential to greatly change our food landscape for the better, and put more money in the pockets of low-income Canadians – read more about those here. With a federal election on the horizon, now’s the time to put eliminating food insecurity and poverty on the menu.
What we’re working on this year
We’ll be pushing hard this year to improve the health and well-being of low-income Canadians, and to demand policies that will eliminate poverty and food insecurity, and improve Canadians’ health. Here’s some of what we’re working on.
Connecting more people with Community Food Centres and programs
We’ll launch three new Community Food Centres in 2019: the Nelson Community Food Centre in Nelson, B.C.; the Mount Paul CFC in Kamloops; and the Qajukturvik CFC in Iqaluit. We’ll support low-income Canadians to put more fruits and vegetables on the table, and make healthy food choices they can afford through two innovative programs. (Read more about Market Greens and FoodFit.) And we’ll deepen relationships with Indigenous groups that are interested in creating a CFC in their communities. Donors make it happen. Make a donation today.
Getting more kids into the kitchen and the garden
We want to move more kids from “yuck!” to “yum!” Are you with us? We’ll support children and youth in 13 (+ grants) communities to get growing, cooking, and excited about healthy food. Learn how we do it in this video.
Creating new knowledge and connections at the biggest Food Summit yet
More than 250 community food security advocates will descend on Toronto in April talk program innovation and policy change at our fifth annual Food Summit. Sign up to volunteer.
Bringing the Community Food Centre to a big screen near you
Amanda, Jessica, Oras, and Charlie came to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre looking for food and support. What they found was so much more. In Six Primrose, filmmaker John Hillis captures how the centre brings the community together and gives people a place to contribute and take action. Watch the trailer and sign up to hear about a screening near you.
Making poverty and food insecurity election issues on Oct. 22
We’ll work with our partners to make sure candidates understand the realities of poverty and food insecurity in their communities, the impact on people’s lives, and what needs to change. Sign up to join us.