Our 2017 Food Summit brought together 60+ food security organizations and 180 people from across the country to learn, engage, and build a movement around good food. We were so lucky to have four of our donors join us at the Food Summit to speak on an engaging panel, Joining Forces for Food. Our panelists spoke on what influences their support, the makings of a great charitable partnership, and what inspires them about the work of the good food movement.
Our quarterly Research Roundup features research in the realm of food, health, and community belonging, published within the past few months at home and abroad.
In CFCC’s new food bank manual, Beyond the Emergency: How to evolve your food bank into a force for change, we make the case that food banks can and are well-positioned to work toward a broader mandate that is focused on health, dignity, and empowerment. The comprehensive document provides practical tools and examples that food banks can use to imagine change, inspire staff and volunteers, and create sites for community development.
We’re getting ready to kick off our third annual Food Summit on April 7 with a public keynote event: Fair Food Nation: Envisioning a future where food is a basic right. It'll be a chance to hear from leading voices in the food justice and Indigenous communities as they talk about their vision for a Canada where everyone has a right to healthy food.
By Nick Saul
I’ve been working in the world of food for nearly 20 years but I still can’t tell a grain from a legume. This realization came home to me, quite literally, when my 12-year-old son was doing a Canada Food Guide project for school and asked me what category chickpeas fall into—grains, or meat and alternatives.
This past January, February and March, some of Toronto's and Canada's best chefs came together to raise money for Community Food Centres Canada.
At Community Food Centres Canada, we know chefs and restaurants are often some of the strongest advocates in supporting fairer access to healthy, nutritious, and delicious food. That's why we were delighted to partner with Restaurants Canada as their charitable partner for their 2017 Restaurants Canada Show!
The first thing you notice when you walk into the light-drenched main room at Calgary’s The Alex Community Food Centre is the promise written in loopy script above the open kitchen: “Good food is just the beginning….” Or maybe it’s the bright chairs in Crayola red and blue and green. Or the large family-style tables where everyone gathers to eat delicious homemade meals together. Wherever your eyes happen to land, it’s clear the entire centre is designed to make people in this diverse low-income community feel at home.
As part of our ongoing capacity-building work within the community food sector, we are excited to be launching a new initiative specifically geared to supporting food banks. Over the next few months through a webinar, a training series, and features here on the blog, we'll be shining a light on how food banks can go beyond emergency food provisioning to improve health, grow community, and build skills and confidence among their members.