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.
“Thank you so much for taking a chance on me. Because of you, I feel like I can really make a difference and that is priceless.” - Community Action Training graduate from Regent Park Community Food Centre.
Co-written by CFCC's President and CEO Nick Saul and Raj Patel
There's a lot of trash talk in the food world at the moment. Food waste is a hot topic: finding ways to curb it is at the top of food trend lists, and many people's food resolutions. But instead of focusing our attention on how to repurpose wilting veggies into soup for the homeless, or grocery-store throwaways into meals for poor families, let's resolve to think big in 2017 and challenge the notion that food waste can be the solution to hunger. Because the idea is just plain wrong.
This has been a difficult week. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Muslim staff, volunteers, and community members at our partner organizations, as well as with Muslims across the country. We stand firmly with them in this moment of terrible grief and suffering. And we stand with our partners in strongly rejecting violence, Islamophobia, and any discrimination based on religion, race, gender, or sexual identity.
The momentum for a basic income guarantee is growing. In April of last year the Ontario Government committed to funding a basic income guarantee pilot in Ontario. Former Senator Hugh Segal, long-time supporter of a basic income, prepared a Discussion Paper and for the past two months the government has been conducting consultations to gather public feedback on income security programs and what matters to the people of Ontario.