Food insecurity — the condition of not being able to afford or access the food you need — has serious and lasting effects on the health and well-being of millions of Canadians. With partners in close to 175 communities, we’re responding to this urgent issue by offering programs focused on building health and belonging, and driving action on the systemic issues that cause poverty. Here are some highlights from the past year.
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Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we provided direct funding to Community Food Centres and programs in 36 low-income neighbourhoods across the country. Here’s the impact we had together.
  • 92%
    of participants surveyed say their CFC provides an important source of healthy food
  • 174876
    nutritious, delicious meals served
  • 75%
    of people who have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition say their CFC helps them manage their condition
  • 69%
    say their mental health has improved since they started coming to their CFC
  • 1958
    community kitchens, gardens, and program sessions offered
  • 92%
    of participants say they feel they belong to a community at their local CFC
  • 4122
    hours were spent by peer advocates to help their neighbours access resources and support
  • 57%
    of people surveyed say they’re more involved in issues in their community
  • 55116
    hours given by volunteers to support their local CFCs. A total of 43% of community members are also volunteers
  • 63
    new organizations joined our Good Food Organizations program, linking with 90 existing members in offering health and equity-focused food programs
  • over 440
    media stories and op-eds, deputations, and submissions, where we and our partners spoke out on the issues of poverty, food insecurity, and poor health

Changing lives
and changing
the story

I feel nourished whenever I come here. I eat well and talk to nice people. I've made new friends and feel like I'm part of a community every time I step inside.
Community member,
The Alex Community Food Centre,
Calgary, AB
I’m now far from the people that I was close to my whole life. When I came here, I started to feel the love that I felt with my mother, father, siblings, and friends. I felt them giving all this without asking for anything in return.
Syrian refugee and volunteer,
Dartmouth North Community Food Centre,
Dartmouth, NS
Before I came to the FoodFit program, I used to take 13 pills for breakfast. My doctor said it was do or die. I came because I wanted to be there for my grandkids, but it ended up being for me more than anything. I live a whole different lifestyle now.
Community member,
The Alex Community Food Centre,
Calgary, AB
I’ve had the best, most delicious healthy food at the CFC. The staff have helped me understand that we can eat food that is good for you AND delicious.
Thea Veronica,
Teen Food Justice Club member,
NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre
Winnipeg, MB
Getting involved in the Community Action Network has reminded me that I’ve got a voice and I can make that voice count.
Community member,
The Table Community Food Centre,
Perth, ON
We believe that giving children the opportunity to build healthy food habits is key to helping them thrive. We’re proud to partner with CFCC so that children across Canada have a chance to grow, cook, share, and learn about good food together.
Lisa Battistelli,
Executive Director,
President’s Choice Children’s Charity™
I support CFCC out of a shared belief that everyone should be able to access good food. When I donate, I know I’m doing more than helping put healthy meals on the table—I’m also supporting communities, and raising awareness about poverty and food insecurity in Canada.
Maria Cristina Nostro,

Thank you
to our

The generous support of the following individuals, foundations, government, agencies and businesses directly contributed to our work. Their contributions supported the development of centres, programs, events, evaluations and other centralized leadership resources. Funders and sponsors that contributed to Community Food Centres Canada are listed for the period between April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
  • The Sprott Foundation
$250,000 to $999,999
  • CIBC
  • Joannah and Brian Lawson
  • The Lawson Foundation
  • P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • President’s Choice Children’s Charity™
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada
$100,000 to $249,999
  • The Arrell Family Foundation
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Canada's Great Kitchen Party
  • Peter Gilgan Foundation
  • Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation
  • MacFeeters Family Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security
  • The Metcalf Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • and two anonymous donors
$50,000 to $99,999
  • King Street Food Company
  • Manulife
  • The New Farm
  • The Young Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation
  • and two anonymous donors
$20,000 to $49,999
  • Brookfield Partners Foundation
  • Donner Canadian Foundation
  • Heifer International Canada
  • Lush Handmade Cosmetics
  • The MacMillan Family Foundation
  • Beth Malcolm
  • Maytree Foundation
  • McCormick Canada
  • Medavie
  • The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
  • Myron Pestaluky and Kelly Pronyk
  • Precision Nutrition*
  • The Printing House Limited
  • The Pulla Family
  • Elana Rosenfeld
  • Sandra Simpson
  • Scaramouche Restaurant
  • The W.P. Scott Charitable Foundation
  • Steve and Sally Stavro Family Foundation
  • Steelworkers Humanity Fund
  • TD Securities Underwriting Hope Fund
  • WW Canada Ltd
  • Moez & Marissa Kassam Foundation
  • and one anonymous donor
$10,000 to $19,999
  • Amar Bhalla
  • Canadian Health Food Association
  • The CGOV Foundation
  • Christine Cleland and Daryl Gormley
  • Enbridge Gas Inc
  • Garland Canada*
  • Nancy and Richard Hamm
  • Ana Lopes and Don Tapscott
  • The McLean Foundation
  • McLean Smits Family Foundation
  • T.R Meighen Family Foundation
  • Sol Orwell
  • Pitblado Family Foundation
  • Erica Shuttleworth and Michael Rothfeld
$5,000 to $9,999
  • Acosta | Natural Specialty Sales
  • William Bamber
  • John Budreski
  • Don Cranston and Megan Hill
  • Erica and James Curtis
  • Feist/Quality of Life Canada
  • Flow Water
  • The Hawkey Family
  • Hippie Snacks
  • Taylor Irwin Family Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • Meric Koksal
  • KIND Healthy Snacks
  • Mad Radish
  • MadeGood Foods
  • Mercury Films
  • Kevin Mol
  • Neal Brothers Inc
  • Nutiva
  • Suzie's Love Good Fats
  • Tin Shack
  • Keith, Tanja and Kiera Thomson Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • UP Cannabis Inc
  • Susan Vardon and Kevin White
  • Wholly Veggie
  • Wood/Cathcart Memorial Fund
  • Elspeth Copeland Consulting
  • Alive Publishing, Inc.
  • Yorkshire Valley Farms*
$1,000 to $4,999
  • Sara Angel
  • Eric Blanchard
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Kevin Brand
  • Matthew Broadbent
  • Jolene Cook
  • Marsha Copp
  • Culinary Tourism Alliance
  • Janet and Douglas Davis
  • Joanne Dereta and Bill Papageorge
  • The Drake Hotel
  • EC Consulting Inc.
  • Doug Ewart and Judith Keene
  • Anne and Ron Foerster
  • Morghan Fortier
  • Andrew Frank
  • Angelo Gasparotto
  • Brett Jubinville
  • Robin MacAulay and Charles Gane
  • Kwame McKenzie and Natasha Crowcroft
  • Jo-Ann Minden
  • Daniel Nahmias
  • Maria Cristina Nostro
  • Martha and Mike Pedersen
  • Jens Peterson
  • Wanda Ho and Tom Pladsen
  • Richmond Station
  • Mark and Karuna Satov
  • Linda and Bill Saul
  • Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis
  • Pat and John Saul
  • Andrea Savage and Scott Henshaw
  • Ubisoft
  • Jesse Vallins
  • Anna-Joy Veenstra
  • Lucy Waverman and Bruce MacDougall
  • The WB Family Foundation
  • and two anonymous donors

Restaurants for Change 2018

(Restaurant donations over $1,000)

$10,000 to $19,999
  • The Drake Hotel
  • Overbudget Inc.
  • Planta
  • Richmond Station
$5,000 to $9,999
  • Le Bremner
  • Garde Manger
  • RGE RD
$1,000 to $4,999
  • Actinolite
  • Aloette
  • Artisanale French Country Cooking
  • Atelier Restaurant
  • Backhouse
  • Bar Begonia
  • Bard's Steakhouse
  • Ben Kramer Custom Catering
  • Bonterra Trattoria
  • The Canteen on Portland
  • CHARCUT Roast House
  • Cibo 17th Ave
  • Cibo Centre Street
  • Dailo
  • Edulis
  • EnVie A Vegan Kitchen
  • Fat Pasha
  • The Goodie Shop
  • Hopkins
  • Isaan Der
  • Leméac
  • Library Lounge
  • Monkland Taverne
  • Park
  • Peter Pan Bistro
  • The Restaurant at The Bruce Hotel
  • Rose and Sons
  • Royale Brasserie
  • Ruby Watchco
  • Teatro Ristorante
  • Yum Son

In-kind support

$100,000 to $249,999
  • Corus Entertainment
$20,000 to $49,999
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Toronto Life
$10,000 to $19,999
  • Higgins Event Rentals
  • Propeller Coffee Co.
$1,000 to $4,999
  • Amsterdam Brewing Co.
  • Beau's Brewing Co.
  • Core Event Staffing
  • Culinary Tourism Alliance
  • J Sutton Communications
  • Top Shelf Distillers

Thank you to our
board of directors

  • Sandy Houston
    President and CEO
    George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
  • Brian Lawson
    Senior Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer
    Brookfield Asset Management
  • Sandra Clarkson
    Executive Director
    Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre
  • Peter Dinsdale
    President and CEO
    YMCA Canada
  • Dr. Kwame McKenzie
    Wellesley Institute
  • Bill Saul
    Past President and CEO
    Kids Help Phone
  • Ana P. Lopes
    C.M., Director
    Corporate Director
    Tapscott Group
  • Joyce Carter
    President and CEO
    Halifax International Airport Authority

2018-19 Revenues and

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These figures are unaudited. For our audited financial statements, please visit our website at cfccanada.ca