People and programs 04/13/2017

Hamilton Community Food Centre is eighth in Canada, part of growing movement building healthy and inclusive communities through the power of food

April 13, 2017 — There is a new place for healthy, affordable food in Hamilton. On April 21, Canada’s eighth Community Food Centre will officially open its doors with a grand opening celebration.

Located in the Rolston neighbourhood of Hamilton, an area with high rates of poverty, food insecurity, and new immigrant populations, the Hamilton Community Food Centre was developed as a partnership between Hamilton’s Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and Community Food Centres Canada.

“Social isolation, diet-related illness, and food insecurity are huge issues in low-income communities, and have lasting negative impacts on people's health, and costly implications for our country. We absolutely need to start investing in upstream solutions that try to get at these problems before they start,” said Nick Saul, President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. “We’re proud to have partnered with Neighbour to Neighbour Centre to create the Hamilton Community Food Centre, which will join our movement in using the power of food to build better health, better skills, and better belonging in low-income communities, and a fairer and more inclusive Canada.”

The Hamilton CFC joins seven existing Community Food Centres in offering programs that increase access to healthy food, build food skills, and provide education and engagement opportunities. The centre opened to the community in January, offering healthy community meals, a weekly affordable produce market, cooking programs like the Intercultural Community Kitchen, and peer advocacy support.

“After 30 years of dealing with the issue of food insecurity head on, Neighbour to Neighbour knows that it is time to change how we deal with poverty and poor health in Hamilton’s low income communities,” said Denise Arkell, Executive Director of Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. “The Hamilton Community Food Centre is a Hamilton first! It invites people to come together in so many different ways and all of the programs are integrated into one welcoming space. Neighbour to Neighbour’s partnership with Community Food Centres Canada offers a proven program model, an annual evaluation framework, and the opportunity to be part of a national voice on food insecurity issues.”

“I’m delighted with the support given to Neighbour to Neighbour by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Neighbour to Neighbour is a vital part of our community on Hamilton Mountain and they thoroughly deserved this grant. As a part of Community Food Centres Canada, I am proud that the excellent work they do is recognized across Ontario. With this grant, our neighbours’ ability to help their neighbours will only flourish,” said Monique Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain.

The Hamilton Community Food Centre was developed through a partnership between Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and Community Food Centres Canada, and was made possible through generous funding from the City of Hamilton, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Sprott Family Foundation.

Friday, April 21, 2017
10:15 a.m: Doors open
11:00 a.m: Opening remarks and speeches
12:00 p.m: Photos and interviews

Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd. West Unit 10, Hamilton, ON


Terry Whitehead, Hamilton City Councillor - Rolston
Nick Saul, President & CEO, Community Food Centres Canada
Monique Taylor, MPP - Hamilton Mountain
Denise Arkell, Executive Director, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
Nancy McKibbin-Gray, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Dofasco representative
Presentation of plaque to Denise Arkell by MPP Monique Taylor
Ribbon cutting by guest speakers
Hamilton Community Food Centre chef preparing lunch in open concept kitchen


Media inquiries:
Kennedy Baker, Communications Manager, Community Food Centres Canada
416-531-8826 ext. 228 or

Community Food Centres Canada builds and supports vibrant, food-focused organizations that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. Find out more at

Rachel O’Reilly, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
905-574-1334 ext. 217 or

The Hamilton Community Food Centre is a concrete step in realizing the City of Hamilton’s new Food Strategy and is open to anyone living in Hamilton.

Fast Facts: Hamilton Community Food Centre

+ 18 months to complete 

+ 6,000 square feet of space

+ 12 programs, including a free Global Roots Lunch, Intercultural Community Kitchen, Good Food Market & Cafe, After School Program, and Community Action Program

+ 737 community members engaged during the community consultations

+ 400+ attended the first open house

+ 1 outdoor pizza bake oven that will fire 100s of pizzas and bread starting this summer! 

+ 1 of 8 Community Food Centres launched or under development across the country