"We need to think more broadly when we’re defining Canadian food. To me, Canadian food should be fair and available to everyone, whether they can afford it or not. Canadian meals should be served in accessible places that welcome people without consideration of economic background, gender, immigration status, or age. We should aim to serve meals that are nutritious and empowering in beautiful rooms, with a loving community that acts free of judgement. And the chefs who are at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of what Canadian food is need to get out of the kitchen and into the community where they can use their skills and their voices to build a movement around good food for all." Ryan Donovan, chef and co-owner, Richmond Station restaurant
Leading the way to a better food system

Chefs play a major role in deciding how and what we eat. They not only influence matters of taste and food culture, but can also be leaders in supporting local food systems, from seed to plate. As chefs increasingly step out of the kitchen and into the public eye, they are well-positioned to be spokespeople on a variety of issues, from sustainability to the impacts of poverty and food insecurity. We work with chefs through events and ambassador programs to provide the resources they need to raise awareness of issues of poverty and food insecurity, and engage Canadians in working with us for change.

Canadians attended events from coast to coast
restaurants supported us through donations, events, and other activities
chef ambassadors signed on to help raise public awareness of food insecurity
chef ambassadors signed on to help raise public awareness of food insecurity
Net profits raised
chefs, musicians and good food fighters contribute to Goodness: Recipes and Stories, a cookbook that raises money in support of CFCC
"We strongly believe in the need to create dignified, inclusive spaces where people can access nourishment as well as support, compassion, lasting relationships, and pathways to change and empowerment. That’s what brought us to become donors to The Stop Community Food Centre several years ago.
When we heard that Community Food Centres Canada was launching to scale that model nationally, we jumped at the chance to support it. We’ve been thrilled by the opportunity to be able to continue our support of The Stop’s critical frontline work while also playing a role in helping CFCC to bring the Community Food Centre model to more Canadian neighbourhoods struggling with alarming rates of poverty, food insecurity, poor health, and social isolation. CFCC’s vision, and its commitment to having local impact and national scale and voice, is a great example of what we need to do to create lasting change." Myron Pestaluky and Kelly Pronyk, donors

The generous support of the following individuals, foundations, government agencies and businesses directly contributed to our 2015 results. Their contributions supported the development of centres, programs, events, evaluation and other centralized leadership resources. Funders and sponsors that contributed to Community Food Centres Canada are listed for the period between January 1 and December 31, 2015 for contributions of $1,000 or more. An * indicates in-kind support, ** indicates in-kind and financial support, and *** denotes participating Restaurants for Change restaurants. We also thank those donors who contributed funding through their United Way donations.

  • $1,000,000 +
  • The Sprott Foundation
  • $250,000 TO $999,999
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (an agency of the Government of Ontario)
  • The Lawson Foundation
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • $100,000 TO $249,999
  • Green Shield Canada Foundation
  • The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
  • The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Joannah and Brian Lawson
  • Ultima Foods Inc.
  • Weston - Seeding Stronger Communities
  • $50,000 TO $99,999
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP*
  • Dot Dot Dash*
  • The Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation
  • McLean Smits Family Foundation
  • Shaw Communications Inc.*
  • Shaw Media, The Food Network**
  • The Young Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation
  • $20,000 TO $49,999
  • Bernardin Ltd.
  • Judy and Alan Broadbent
  • Brookfield Partners Foundation
  • Brookfield Properties Inc.
  • David Ceolin and Victoria Birkett
  • Donner Canadian Foundation
  • Enbridge
  • Gastropost*
  • John and Jocelyn Barford Family Foundation at Toronto Foundation
  • Jon and Nancy Love Foundation at Toronto Foundation
  • Le Creuset Canada
  • MacMillan Family Foundation
  • Beth Malcolm
  • Myron Pestaluky and Kelly Pronyk
  • Precision Nutrition
  • Elana Rosenfeld
  • Saints Editorial*
  • Toronto Life*
  • Unifor Social Justice Fund
  • $10,000 TO $19,999
  • The Caring Foundation
  • The CGOV Foundation
  • Citizen Catering*
  • Garland Canada**
  • The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation
  • Global News*
  • Kayak Foundation at the Calgary Foundation
  • The New Farm
  • Propeller Coffee Co. **
  • Richmond Station***
  • The Siren Group*
  • Telus
  • The W.P. Scott Charitable Foundation
  • $5,000 TO $9,999
  • John Budreski
  • Core Architects Inc.
  • John Davison and Sally Hill
  • Federated Co-operatives Ltd.
  • Richard and Nancy Hamm
  • J Sutton Communications*
  • Jo-Ann Minden
  • Keith, Tanja & Kiera Thomson Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • NOtaBLE The Restaurant***
  • Phoenix A.M.D International Inc.
  • Pitblado Family Foundation
  • Ruby Watchco***
  • Mark and Karuna Satov
  • Erica Shuttleworth and Michael Rothfeld
  • Symons Valley Market
  • Taylor Irwin Family Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • $1,000 TO $4,999
  • Actinolite***
  • Atelier Restaurant***
  • The BLG Foundation
  • Bonterra Trattoria***
  • Brain Box Labs*
  • Stephen Brown and Brenda Woods
  • The Canteen***
  • Charcut Roast House***
  • Chez Piggy***
  • Cibo Bistro***
  • Mitchell and Janice Cohen
  • The Common***
  • Core Event Staffing*
  • Don Cranston and Megan Hill
  • Drake Devonshire***
  • The Drake Hotel***
  • Drake One Fifty***
  • Earth to Table Bread Bar***
  • Edulis Restaurant***
  • En Vie***
  • Farm***
  • Andrew Frank
  • Globe Bistro***
  • Janet and Douglas Davis Fund at Toronto Foundation
  • Laura and Jon Hantho
  • Harry Rosen
  • Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd.
  • Hawthorne Food and Drink***
  • Patrick Higgins
  • Higgins Event Rentals*
  • David Kirkwood and Sarah Crawford
  • Lavanderia***
  • Le Bremner ***
  • Le Chien Noir***
  • Robin MacAuley and Charles Gane
  • Laura MacFeeters
  • The Masonry***
  • Robin McLuskie
  • Murray Street***
  • The Nash***
  • Neal Brothers Foods
  • North 53***
  • Park***
  • RBC Foundation
  • Restaurants Canada
  • RGERD***
  • River Café***
  • Rose & Sons***
  • Bill and Linda Saul
  • John and Pat Saul
  • Scopa***
  • Supply and Demand***
  • Union***
  • Susan Vardon and Kevin White
  • Verity Bridge Club
  • Janet Walker
  • The WB Family Foundation
  • Westin Harbour Castle*
  • In memory of Elizabeth Woeller

We are also grateful to Terroir and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Association for designating CFCC as their charitable partner for 2015.

Thank you to our Board of Directors

  • Sandy Houston, Chair
  • President and CEO, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
  • Gillian Smith, Vice-President
  • VP, Membership, Toronto Region Board of Trade
  • Brian Lawson, Treasurer
  • Senior Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer, Brookfield Asset Management
  • Sandra Clarkson, Director
  • President, MSH Strategies Inc.
  • Michael MacMillan, Director
  • CEO, Blue Ant Media
  • Bill Saul, Director
  • Past President and CEO, Kids Help Phone

Thank you to our National Fundraising Committee

Special thanks to the following individuals for their support of the development and execution of our national fundraising program.

  • David Ceolin
  • Don Cranston
  • Ted Meighen
  • Peter Neal
  • Wendy Pitblado
  • Gillian Smith

2015 Revenue and Expenses

Sources of Funding
Major Donors and Family Foundations
Granting Foundations
Program development
Partnership development
Research and evaluation
Knowledge Exchange

*Audited financial statements available upon request

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  2. Tarasuk, Valerie et al. Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2014, 2016.
  3. Mikkonen, Juha, & Raphael, Dennis. Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts, 2010.
  4. Dinca-Panaitescu, Serban et al. “Diabetes prevalence and income: Results of the Canadian Community Health Survey,” 2011.
  5. Lightman, Ernie. Poverty is making us sick: A comprehensive survey of income and health in Canada, 2008.
  6. Stewart, Miriam, et al. “Poverty, Sense of Belonging and Experiences of Social Isolation,” 2009.
  7. Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) & Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA). 2014 Community Health Assessment, 2015.
  8. United Way of Calgary and Area. Poverty in Calgary: Who is Affected by Poverty?, 2012.
  9. Tarasuk, Valerie. Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2014, 2016.
  10. Calgary Food Bank. Annual Report 2014-2015, 2015.
  11. The City of Calgary. Community Profiles Part B – Community Character (socio-economic information): Forest Lawn, 2016.
  12. Mayo, Sara. Neighbourhood Profiles: Beasley, Crown Point, Jamesville, Keith, Landsdale, McQuesten, Quigley Road, Riverdale, Rolston, South Sherman and Stinson. Hamilton: The Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, 2012.
  13. IBID
  14. IBID
  15. IBID
Photo Credits (From the top down)
  1. Gabriel Li
  2. Jason van Bruggen