Our Theory of Change involves working with partners to build Community Food Centres across Canada that will provide important services to their communities while at the same time joining their voice to a national movement of CFCs calling for policies to end hunger and poverty and improve food security.
CFCC collaborates with partners in the following ways:
1. Work with partner organizations to build new Community Food Centres.
Each year, we select up to three new partners and work with them to establish responsive and financially stable Community Food Centres in their communities. These partnerships are long-term and intensive in terms of involvement and expectation, involving a community consultation process, site renovations, program planning, staff hiring, site branding, etc.
For more on our current partners, visit the Our Community Food Centres page of our website.
For detailed information on the application process for becoming a CFC, visit our Becoming a Community Food Centre page.
2. Raise our sector's capacity to advance similar work
There are many organizations in our sector doing important work around food. We strive to develop and share resources and collaborate with these organizations so that together, we can raise the overall capacity of the sector and continue to make the case for our work. We do this by:
a) developing a robust evaluation strategy that is shared across sites and that helps us build the case for CFCs. To find out more, download our 2015 Annual Report, and refer to the Evaluation Module on The Pod Knowledge Exchange.
b) providing program, issues, and organizational development resources through The Pod, our online Knowledge Exchange. These resources include bi-monthly webinars, videos, checklists and planning documents on topics ranging from community gardening and fundraising to meal planning and evaluation. Sign up now!
3. Build a national movement
As we grow, we will work with others at a national scale to identify key policy levers that we can collaborate on to create systemic change on issues that impact food security. Please subscribe to our enewsletter for updates.