“The impact we’re hoping the Community Food Centre makes on International Avenue is one of connection. This will be a place that the community really embraces as their own space, a space where everyone feels welcome.” Kristen Lien, Project architect, FRANK Architecture and Interiors
Alberta's first Community Food Centre

We’re pleased to be working with respected Calgary-based organization The Alex Community Health Centre on a new Community Food Centre project in the city’s Forest Lawn neighbourhood. The CFC will be located in a 5,200-square-foot former restaurant on International Ave; renovations will transform the space into a vibrant community gathering place with ample room for communal dining, and cooking, gardening, and civic engagement programs.

This is our second Community Health Centre–Community Food Centre partnership, and we look forward to continuing to explore how that innovation can positively impact the health and well-being of low-income community members. Generous support from Calgary’s philanthropic community and from a number of leading chefs and restaurants in the city has helped the project take root, paving the way for a fall 2016 grand opening.

109,700
number of Calgarians living in poverty in 20109
61.7%
percentage of households in Alberta relying on social assistance that are food insecure10
53%
percentage by which the average household income in Forest Lawn is lower than that of the city average11
“I come from a family that’s passionate about connecting people through food. We take pride in food that is good, in the traditions of sharing it with one another, and in honouring the land and the farmers who produced it. The vision of a respectful, dignified place in Calgary where people can learn new food skills, connect with one another, and improve community health is something I can get behind.” Michael Kaumeyer, Co-chair, Capital Campaign
“One organization or community alone can’t tackle poverty and food insecurity. We have to work together to make change. The Community Food Centre will expand the ways we can address these issues in our community. And we look forward to becoming part of the national voice of Community Food Centres Canada calling for change across the country.” Denise Arkell, Executive Director, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
A place for food in Rolston

Funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation enabled us to undertake a competitive process to select our next Ontario partner. After careful review of 24 applicant organizations, we announced a partnership with Hamilton’s Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, an organization with a 30-year history of addressing poverty and food insecurity in the city.

  • Jan 2015
    Neighbour to Neighbour selected as local partner
  • Fall 2015
    City of Hamilton commits $200,000 towards the initiative
  • Summer 2016
    Renovations begin
  • Fall 2016
    Projected opening

The Hamilton Community Food Centre will be located in a former grocery store in the high-needs community of Rolston, on Hamilton Mountain. The project has received generous support from the City of Hamilton, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Population Health Research Institute, and a capital campaign is now underway. Renovations of the 6,000-square-foot site will create a vibrant space where the community can come together around expanded Community Food Centre programs including community meals, peer support, and food education for kids.

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Rolston is one of eleven high-priority neighbourhoods in the city of Hamilton12
35%
of Rolston residents live below the poverty line, including 49% of children under the age of six13
20%
of seniors in Rolston live in poverty, higher than the city average14
35%
of families with children in Rolston are led by lone female parents, higher than the city average15
“We believe that everyone should be able to access healthy food in a dignified way. Community Food Centres are hopeful, respectful places located in low-income communities that involve community members in finding solutions to the issues that affect them.” Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton