News and announcements 12/11/2019

Here's a look at how we built health, belonging, and social justice this year with the help of our supporters. 

We opened the first two Community Food Centres in B.C.
The Mount Paul Community Food Centre in Kamloops and the Nelson Community Food Centre in Nelson bring the number of Community Food Centres in Canada to 11.


We successfully advocated for policies that reduce poverty and food insecurity, and promote health
The federal Poverty Reduction Strategy, National Food Policy, and revised Canada’s Food Guide are all important steps towards a healthier and more equitable Canada.


More than 40 grants got kids excited about healthy eating, got adults moving and making new friends, and helped build strong organizations and welcoming spaces
Child and Youth Innovation grants support kids to build lifelong healthy eating habits. FoodFit grants support adults to eat healthier, get moving, and making new friends. And capacity-building grants help build strong organizations and welcoming spaces. 


We kickstarted three innovative new programs that will promote health at all ages by
  • supporting affordable produce markets and providing cash vouchers to families living on low-income so they can put more fresh food on the table;

  • bringing youth together in the kitchen to learn about self-esteem, skills, and health;

  • supporting youth to get active and learn about nutrition.

BlogPostTop9_2019-05.pngHealth and belonging increased
  • 60% of people surveyed say their physical health has improved

  • 69% say their mental health has improved

  • 92% say they feel they belong at their CFC

  • 90% of FoodFit participants say they’ve sustained healthy behaviours after the program ended

Find out more about the impact of our programs in our 2018-19 Annual Report.



250 food leaders gathered to talk food programs and policy at our annual Food Summit.
This year, our Food Summit focused on how communities can mobilize for change at the grassroots and the treetops.

A new knowledge sharing group is connecting Indigenous communities around food. 16 members from northern Saskatchewan to Nunatsiavut share program successes and challenges, and how they’re reconnecting their communities to traditional foods.


44 candidates’ debates and voter pop-ups engaged people in the federal election and gave communities a voice on issues of food insecurity and poverty
Community Food Centres and Good Food Organizations hosted Vote PopUps and all-candidates debates to put food and poverty issues on the table.


Thousands of Canadians in 214 cities and towns shared meals together during our first annual Big Social fundraiser and raised $375,000 for healthy food programs
Canadians proved that we're stronger when we eat together. Funds raised during The Big Social will support people in a dozen communities across Canada to access healthy food and programs that change lives.

Your support can help us can help us reach more people in 2020. Donate today to open up possibility in people’s lives.