Community Food Centres Canada is proud to announce new Community Food Centres in Dartmouth, NS; Hamilton, ON; and Calgary, AB that will join five existing centres in bringing people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all.
Using good food to build health, community and change
Community Food Centres Canada works with partners to develop Community Food Centres in low-income neighbourhoods that are dealing with food insecurity, poor health and social isolation. Community Food Centres offer a suite of coordinated, prevention-focused programs with healthy food at their core: they increase access to healthy food through free community meals and affordable produce markets; build food skills through community kitchens and gardens and food education programs for kids; and support and engage the community through peer advocacy, community action training, and volunteering opportunities.
“We live in a country with a two-tiered food system where an increasing number of Canadians are unable to access enough healthy food for a healthy life. People living on low incomes are disproportionately affected by diet-related illnesses and chronic conditions, and that has huge implications for their health, and costs our healthcare system billions of dollars each year," said Nick Saul, President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. "An investment in good food is an investment in healthier people and communities. We believe every community should have a dignified space where healthy food creates a pathway to better health, empowerment, and connection. That's the future we're trying to build."
Atlantic Canada's first Community Food Centre
On Wednesday, October 7, the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre will officially open its doors with a launch reception and celebration.
Developed as a partnership between the Dartmouth Family Centre and Community Food Centres Canada, the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. The Community Food Centre will increase access to healthy food in a neighbourhood where 61% of the population lives on less than $20,000 per year. 93% of community members recently surveyed by Dartmouth Family Centre staff say they sometimes or often find it hard to buy healthy food.
“This is a place for the community to come together in so many different ways. We provide access to high-quality food and use it to connect people to other opportunities – cooking skills for adults and kids, community gardening, a low-cost veggie market, workshops on health and active living, an advocacy office,” says Deborah Dickey, Manager of the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “It’s all integrated in one welcoming space.”
New Community Food Centres in Hamilton and Calgary in 2016
New Community Food Centres will be developed in Hamilton and Calgary in 2016 in partnership with Neighbour to Neighbour Centre (Hamilton) and The Alex Community Health Centre (Calgary). Both projects will be located in high-needs urban neighbourhoods and will fill an identified need for accessible food programming. Both projects will involve renovating vacant retail spaces into vibrant, food-focused community spaces.
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Christina Palassio, Director of Communications, Community Food Centres Canada, 416-531-8826 ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) provides resources and a proven approach to partner organizations across Canada to create Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity for impact and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system.
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