“As we engaged in a strategic planning process with the board, the Good Food Principles became a defining document that helped us plan out our future for the next three years. At the board level, the principles were used to help us create our own Good Food Policy that was adopted and is being implemented.”Jennifer Kellner, Executive Director, Welcome Inn Community Centre, Hamilton ON
The number of Good Food Organizations leapt from 37 to 90 in 2015, growing to include community health centres, food banks, family centres, and social service organizations in 10 provinces and territories.
To join the program, organizations commit to working from shared Good Food Principles that prioritize community leadership and respect, put good food first, and push for action at community and systemic levels. The principles help guide both program decisions and broader organizational change. Member Good Food Organizations can also access training sessions and program resources, and participate in our annual Food Summit.
Across the board, Good Food Organizations say they’re making significant progress implementing one or more of the Good Food Principles in their organization, be it by breaking down barriers to program participation, finding new ways to include nutritious food in programs, or engaging community members in taking action on issues. Successes are documented and shared with other members and with the wider sector via The Pod Knowledge Exchange, and inform our broader public education work, building momentum for wider change and impact.
“It’s really important that we create spaces to make noise about food insecurity issues and link these stories to public policy change.”Raj Patel, activist and Good Food Champion
We strive to advance discussions of important health and social justice issues, to empower people with the information and tools they need to take action in their communities, and to work together to create a healthier and more equitable country.
In 2015, we rallied our partner organizations around Food Secure Canada’s #EatThinkVote Campaign, which called the government to take action on nutrition, health, and income issues. As part of the campaign, Community Food Centres and Good Food Organizations convened candidates’ events to engage people in conversations about the food and health issues facing their communities. We also hosted a webinar on basic income featuring a conversation between proponents Dr. Andrew Pinto, family physician and public health specialist, and former senator Hugh Segal.
In December, author and Good Food Champion Raj Patel led a webinar in which he shared key drivers that have galvanized social change movements here and abroad. That inspiring conversation, and those we had with thousands of Canadians at events, talks and campaigns, have laid the groundwork for more inspiring action in 2016 and beyond.