Don Cranston’s connection to good food began in his childhood, spending time on the family farm in Williamsburg, Ontario. While doing many chores on the farm, his greatest thrill was the deal he had worked out with his grandmother. She would bake any pie he wanted, as long as he picked the fruit. For Don, this formed a lasting connection between family, community, and the importance of good food.
The Atkinson Foundation has been helping Community Food Centres make change in their communities for many years. In 2007, the Foundation's support enabled The Stop Community Food Centre to launch a Peer Advocacy Program that gave community members who had been active on grassroots advocacy initiatives the opportunity to put their assets atto work to help each other.
"I think the challenge of our times is to revitalize the communities we have instead of expanding them."