Community Food Centres Canada strives to provide a coordinated response to the serious issues of food insecurity, poor health, and social isolation affecting many low-income communities. This is how we do it.
More than four million Canadians are food insecure, unable to access stable supplies of food.3 The severity of the problem can range from people worrying about running out of food, to parents skipping meals so their kids can eat, to people going entire days without eating.
Poverty and food insecurity are closely linked to poorer health outcomes and increased rates of chronic conditions.4 For example, rates of type 2 diabetes are 4.14 times higher in the lowest income group than in the highest.5
Program participants experience improved physical and mental health, develop new friendships, find support and connection, and work together for change.
Sharing best practices and resources enhances the capacity of organizations working in the community food sector and makes the case that an investment in good food matters.
More engaged individuals and organizational voices press for systems-level change.