Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) was founded in 2012 to power the development of Community Food Centres across Canada and support the broader community food sector to create impact and change. 

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The Community Food Centre model was developed at The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto’s west end. Several of CFCC's founding staff were instrumental in developing the model. As The Stop became recognized as a national leader,  organizations across the country began to take notice, and wonder how they could build a Community Food Centre in their neighbourhood. Funding from the province and private donors supported the development of two pilot projects in Ontario – The Local CFC in Stratford and The Table CFC in Perth – in 2011 and 2012.
 
Following a successful pilot phase, CFCC launched in mid-2012 to fund and support the development of even more Community Food Centres from coast to coast. Since then, six Community Food Centres have opened in Winnipeg, Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, Dartmouth North, Calgary, and Hamilton, bringing the total number to eight. Four more will launch in 2018.

Our founding ambition also included supporting the broader community food sector, which we do by providing financial and programmatic support for the broader community food sector through the Good Food Organizations program, several grants streams, and our annual Food Summit.

While these programs and initiatives measurably improve the lives of Canadians struggling with poverty and food insecurity, we know that only progressive social policy can eliminate poverty and food insecurity at a large scale. We strive to support and mobilize our community members and engaged Canadians to speak out and advocate for those policies.