Food Centre Model
A Community Food Centre (CFC) is a welcoming space where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. CFCs provide emergency access to high-quality food in a dignified setting that doesn’t compromise their self-worth. People learn cooking and gardening skills there, and kids get their hands dirty in the garden and kitchen in ways that expand their taste buds and help them to make healthier food choices. Community members find their voices on the issues that matter to them, and people find friends and support. CFCs offer multifaceted, integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community.
CFCs go beyond traditional charitable giving approaches, which answer an immediate need but often do nothing to address underlying issues of chronic hunger, poverty and poor health. They do that by offering multifaceted, integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where people can grow, cook, share and advocate for good food.
The NorWest Community Food Centre is a partner site of Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization that’s driving the development of CFCs across the country. Along with The Table Community Food Centre in Perth, The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford and Toronto’s The Stop Community Food Centre, The NorWest Community Food Centre is helping to increase access for healthy food to low-income Canadians while proving that food can be a transformative force in our communities.
For more on Community Food Centres Canada and the campaign to build Community Food Centres across the country, visit www.cfccanada.ca.