Food Security

This page provides links to organizations besides Toronto Green Community that do work with food security throughout Canada, be they gardens, community centres, or non-profits. If you know an organization you’d like added to the list, please email it to garden(at)torontogreen.ca

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CanadaAlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNova Scotia - OntarioPEIQuebecSaskatchewanTerritories



Canada

Canada’s Action Plan for Food SecurityTen priorities developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to increase Canada’s national food security

Canadian Association for Food StudiesCommunity of academic and social researchers who promote critical, interdisciplinary scholarship in the broad areas of food production, distribution, and consumption

Food Secure CanadaConnects groups working on Food Security across Canada

Peoples’ Food Policy ProjectBilingual, Canada-wide network creating Canada’s first food sovereignty policy
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Alberta

Agriculture:

Community Shared Agriculture Albertawebsite to help you find a farm close to you where you can purchase locally grown seasonal food, while helping to ensure the longevity of the small family farm.

Community Groups:

Community Kitchens of CalgaryPrograms such as a good food box, nutrition classes and distribution of surplus fresh produce increase food security in Calgary

Greater Edmonton Alliance – Created “The Way We Eat” a strategy for developing a local food economy in Edmonton

Just Food Edmontoncreate a just food system in the Edmonton Region by building relationships and coordinating efforts, raising awareness through education, initiating and supporting projects, actions, research and evaluation, and influencing policy.

Live Local EdmontonPromotes local food merchants and runs a good food box program

Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton – volunteer pickers who harvest urban fruit and divide it between owners, food banks and pickers

WeCan Food Basket Society (Edmonton) – Nutritious weekly food baskets distributed at low cost through cooperative buying

Networks:

Growing Food Security in AlbertaAn Alberta network of individuals and groups focused on creating supportive environments for the development/creation of local/regional food systems that are equitable and sustainable

Urban Agriculture:

City Farm (Edmonton) – Educational urban farm on the outskirts of the city which runs indoor and outdoor programming for children and provides grants and support to community gardens.

Community Garden Resource Network,  Calgary Horticultural Society
connects gardeners, strengthens and promotes community gardening in
Calgary

Community Garden Network of Edmonton and Areaa resource network to help you through the process of starting your own community garden or linking up with an existing community garden.

Voices of the Soil (Edmonton) – Has supported and developed urban agriculture programs across Edmonton, including City Farm and  community and school gardens

Social Enterprise:

EthniCity Catering (Calgary) – Social enterprise of the Centre for Newcomers employs immigrant women in transition to prepare multi-ethnic food

 

 

British Columbia

Academic:

SFU Local Food Project (Burnaby) – Promotes food security on campus through a good food box, pocket market, and a workshop series

Sprouts (Vancouver) – UBC’s volunteer run cafe works to make local, organic and fair trade food accessible to everyone on campus

UBC Farm (Vancouver) – Organic teaching, research, and community farm in the city

Agriculture:

Agricultural Land Commissionpreserves agricultural land and encourage and enable farm businesses throughout BC

Community Groups:

Edible Garden Project (North Shore) – works to address urban environmental and social issues by creating a network that grows and shares local food and by promoting sustainable regional agriculture.

Farm Folk City Folk (Vancouver) – provide access to and protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.

Galiano Food Programincreases Galiano Island’s food security through community-building activities and skills sharing. Programs include a community greenhouse, senior/youth skills sharing and gleaning programs.

The Garden Institute of BC - has worked promoting organic urban food production, community development, biodiversity conservation, community gardening, seed and farming literacy, traditional knowledge documentation, ethnomusicology, ethnobiology, and more since 1998

Lifecycles (Victoria) –  nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness and initiating action around food, health, and urban sustainability. Helps to develop community and school gardens, leads food workshops and runs a fruit tree harvesting program

Lush Valley Food Action Society (Comox Valley) – Runs a food hub, fruit tree project, and has a kitchen under development

Nanaimo FoodshareHelps communities develop skills to become food secure and self-sufficient

Nelson Fruit Tree Project - a part of Nelson’s Earth Matters Program, The project links homeowners who are unable to harvest their fruit trees with community members who can use their fruit. the harvested fruit is shared between homeowners, volunteers and non-profits; preservation workshops are also given

North  Kootenay Lake  Community Services Society- Operates the Kaslo Food Hub which offers: A farmer based bulk buying club, the North Kootenay Lake Food Cupboard, a tool and Food Resource Library, West Kootenay Food Directory and Farmland Database, a Community Root Cellar, as well as a community kitchen program, a Fruit Tree Project and ad-hoc events/workshops throughout the year.

North Thompson Valley Food Coalition – Coordinates gleaning, gardening and farmers’ market programs, also works on local food policy issues

One Straw Society (Sunshine Coast) -supports the growth of sustainable agriculture on previously developed land, encourages proper use & expansion of the Agricultural Land Reserve, supports & encourages self-sufficiency in individuals & small businesses by sharing information & resources.

Powell River Food Security ProjectMarkets, gardens, good food box, fruit tree project and monthly potlucks, among other initiatives

Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute (Vancouver) - Community kitchens, food prep workshops and organic garden for community members

Richmond Fruit Tree Project (Richmond) – grows food for those in need on donated lands and with the help of hundreds of volunteers

Richmond Food Security Society (Richmond) - Hosts discussions, develops info materials and connects food security groups in the city

Shuswap Food Action (Salmon Arm) - Developed a Food Charter and Regional Food Network, runs workshops, gardens, and a local food directory

Small Scale Food Processor AssociationSupports the creation and development of small-scale food processors

Sunshine Coast Fruit Tree Projecta community based initiative that works to build community and strengthen food security using local fruit.

Food Banks:

Kamloops Food BankProvides emergency food and runs a food recovery program

Richmond Food Bank – provides emergency food as well as children’s nutrition programming, gardening workshops and nutrition demos

Food Policy:

Kamloops Food Policy CouncilDevelops policy for programs that promote gardening, cooking skills and provide food to people with mental health issues

Vancouver Food Policy Councilcombines members from all sectors of the local food system to develop just and sustainable food policies

Local Food:

Coast Food Actionvolunteer run site that offers information on buying, growing and preparing local foods as well as promotes food security initiatives and projects

Vancouver Island Local Food Directory –  helps people on Vancouver Island connect with local farmers, producers, and processors of local food and educates the public about issues with the industrial food model

Networks:

BC Food Security GatewayOne stop resource for building food secure communities

BC Food Systems NetworkShare insights, initiatives, strategies and critical analysis of events in the food system

Fresh Choice Kitchens (Vancouver) – Connects community kitchen programs and participants, provides resources for kitchen organizers

Vancouver Island Food NetworkConnects food security groups on the island and offers an online community forum

WestShore Harvest – Connects communities on the WestShore with food security groups throughout the area

Urban Agriculture:

Environmental Youth Alliance (Vancouver) – Youth-centred sustainability programs in Vancouver and abroad including gardens and apprenticeships

Sharing Backyards (Greater Victoria) – Connects people looking for space to garden with people who have spare backyard space

Strathcona Community Garden (Vancouver) – community garden offering accessible plots, beehives, a community orchard and 110 plots

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Manitoba

Community Groups:

Food Matters ManitobaHome of the Manitoba Food Charter.  A registered charity that engages Manitobans towards healthy, fair and sustainable food for all

West Broadway Good Food Club (Winnipeg) – community cafe, good food box, and vegetable markets. Allow exchange of volunteer hours for food

Winnipeg Family Resource Centres - Community kitchens, kitchen basics hampers, community cupboard

Food Banks:

Winnipeg HarvestNon-profit collecting and distributing surplus food throughout Winnipeg

Food Policy:

Winnipeg Food Policy Working Group – addresses food security in Winnipeg to bring people together, create vibrant communities, enhance our economy, and empower citizens

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New Brunswick

Agriculture:

ACORN - Connects organic growers and consumers throughout Atlantic Canada

Buy Local NBOnline resource connecting producers directly with consumers

Eat AtlanticOrganization promoting Atlantic producers

Community Groups:

YMCA of Greater Moncton’s Community Food Centre - includes a 6000 square foot community garden, food bank, monthly workshops on gardening, nutrition, and baby food making classes.

Food Banks:

Fredericton Food Bank - Provides emergency food and clothing to those in need

Networks:

New Brunswick Food Security Action NetworkUsing the guiding principle of “access for all” this group works to build new links within the food supply chain, strengthen information exchange, increase organizational capacity, support outreach and education campaigns, and development of a food network.

Urban Agriculture:

New Brunswick Community Harvest Gardens Inc. (Fredericton) – Organization to help launch and connect community gardens in Fredericton

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Agriculture:

ACORN - Connects organic growers and consumers throughout Atlantic Canada

Food Banks:

Community Food Sharing Association (St. John’s) – Collects and distributes food to those in need, works to engage food recipients in self-advocacy

Networks:

Food Security Network of Newfoundland and LabradorConnects groups to discuss barriers to food security and develop a provincial action plan

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Nova Scotia

Academic:

AHPRC: Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (Halifax) – Research on food costing and enhancing ability of community groups to increase food security

Participatory Action Research and Training Centre on Food Security (Halifax) – A research unit at Mount St. Vincent University that focusses on adressing food insecurity by working with those most affected by it

Agriculture:

ACORN - Connects organic growers and consumers throughout Atlantic Canada

Friends of Agriculture in Nova ScotiaGroup to promote and support growers of local food through research and policy work

Select Nova Scotia - Online resource for finding local products and producers

Community Groups:

Ecology Action Centre: Food Action CommitteeResearch and capacity-building surrounding food issues, promotes urban agriculture through land sharing, school and community gardening

Just Us! Development and Education Society (Grand Pre) – Raises awareness of fair trade and responsible purchasing, also runs a fair trade museum, roastery, and cafes throughout the province

South Shore Family Resource Association - Food Action Committee develops food security policy and programming in the South Shore

Sun Root Eco-Solidarity Association (East Hants County) –  non-profit organization/farm which facilitates awareness in environmental stewardship, social justice, and community development.

Voices Antigonish - works to bring about local, healthy, and sustainable food options in Antigonish through urban gardening and local food box program

Food Banks:

FEED NOVA SCOTIA –  a charitable organization that helps feed hungry people by collecting and distributing food to more than 150 member agency food banks and meal programs, while at the same time striving to eliminate chronic hunger and poverty through research, awareness and support programs.

Food Policy:

Nova Scotia Food Policy Councilcitizens’ group working with communities, organizations and governments to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure an equitable, healthy and sustainable local food system, responsible to the economic, environmental, social and cultural needs of Nova Scotians.

Networks:

Nova Scotia Food Security NetworkResearches and writes reports on food security in NS, connects organizations throughout the province

Nova Scotia Nutrition Council – facilitates co-operative activity with groups and individuals who have the common goal of improving and maintaining nutritional health and well-being for Nova Scotians of all ages, and provides a mechanism for dialogue amongst members on current nutrition related issues and for addressing nutrition issues in the public interest.

Urban Agriculture:

SeeMore Green (Halifax) – Dalhousie University collective garden and growing urban agriculture hub

Urban Farm Museum Society of SpryfieldDemonstrating and facilitating food production in Spryfield

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Ontario

Academic:

Centre for Studies in Food Security @ Ryerson (Toronto) – Promotes food security through research, dissemination, education, community action and professional practice

The Garden Spot (Ottawa) – pay-what-you-can vegan soup kitchen designed to serve healthy, affordable meals to all members of the Carleton University community.

Hart House Farm (Toronto) – U of T’s student run farm in Caledon has maple sugaring, cider making and vegetable production

People’s Republic of Delicious (Ottawa) - food collective staffed by student volunteers at the University of Ottawa that seeks to offer a healthy, environmentally responsible and affordable food alternative on campus and at like-minded events around the city

Seasoned Spoon (Peterborough) – Trent U’s cooperative cafe serving ethically mindful, non-packaged food

Community Groups:

East Scarborough Storefrontacts as a bridge between people, services, and communities, including a community garden, community market, youth programming and a business incubator

Food Down the Road (Kingston) – looks down the road toward a sustainable Kingston and countryside where all citizens can enjoy healthy food.

FoodShare (Toronto) – works to improve access to affordable, healthy food through education, food markets, and policy work

The Foodshed Project (Sudbury) – works in partnership with youth and the citizens of the City of Greater Sudbury to develop sustainable community food security initiatives that improve our health, our community, our economy, and our environment

Hamilton Eat Localsupports programs that encourage Hamiltonians to buy food grown by local farmers and harvest food from urban gardens and other settings that would otherwise go to waste. Provides a local farm map and directory as well as managing an online local food directory and the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project, among other initiatives.

Just Food Ottawaworks with people in all parts of the food system, including  rural and urban food producers and eaters, low-income community members and community organizations and partners to ensure food security in Ottawa.

London Community Resource Centre - providing options and opportunities for people to grow, prepare, preserve and enjoy locally grown fresh food through community kitchens, gardens and a community food advisor program.

Not Far From The Tree (Toronto) – A residential fruit tree picking program that harvests and donates urban fruit

Ottawa Good Food Boxnon-profit community-based initiative bringing neighbours together to buy a variety of delicious and nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices

Stonegate Community Health Centre (Etobicoke) – runs a variety of food access programming including  a community garden, a snack program, a farmers market, and a farmers market nutrition voucher program to increase access to  market produce.

Sudbury Food Connections NetworkWork to implement Sudbury Food Charter through gardens, food education and public events

The Stop: Community Food Centre (Toronto) – Food bank, community gardens and breakfast programs provide food with dignity, and policy work to put food in the government budget

The Working Centre (Waterloo) – coordinates a market, CSA, and community kitchen in compliment  to urban agriculture programs for adults and youth

York Region Food NetworkOperates a food bank as well as community gardens, kitchens, and a farmers’ fields gleaning program. Info in Russian, Chinese and Tamil

Food Banks:

Cambridge Self-Help Food Bankoffers food and support to people and community groups in need within Cambridge and North Dumfries. We encourage self-reliance through programs and services.

Community Harvest OntarioThe goal of this program is to increase the quantity of fresh, local, healthy foods distributed to food banks across the province. CHO connects with farmers to acquire the product that can not make it to market for cosmetic reasons such as size or colour, works with farmers across Ontario to plant crops specifically for their local and area food banks, and connects volunteer groups with farms that have surplus produce in their fields

Regional Food Distribution Network of Northern Ontariosecures and distributes emergency food to meet the needs in Northwestern Ontario

Food Policy:

Food Forward (Toronto) – works with the public, politicians and those involved in the food sector to educate and advocate for food that is healthy, local, sustainable, ethically produced and accessible for all.

Toronto Food Policy Councilpartners with business and community groups to develop policies and programs promoting food security

Toronto Youth Food Policy Councilengages youth in building a just food system through bi-monthly meetings, events, and discussions

Local Food:

Eat Local Sudbury –  farmers, food professionals and eaters working to promote the purchase, production and consumption of locally-grown food in the Sudbury area.

Foodlink Waterloo RegionConnects people with local food producers while educating them about healthy food choices

GTA Agricultural Action Committeeenhances and energizes the GTA local food scene, provides links to local food and producers, developed a GTA Agricultural Action Plan, available on the site

Haliburton Fresh – Promotes local food, farmers’ markets, retailers and restaurants in Haliburton Region

Networks:

Food Security Research Network for the NorthProviding a strongly linked network of researchers, students, and community partners through our Community Service Learning program and facilitating leadership

FoodNet Ontariosite to facilitate communication and cooperation between food system groups across ON

Thunder Bay Food Action Network – create awareness, support food projects, advocate for policies that support community food security, and act as an information centre for community food security.

Sustain Ontarioconnects groups from various sectors to address food issues through policy development, research, and action

Waterloo Region Food Systems Roundtable - a place where anyone interested in food issues in Waterloo Region can access key information about the health of the food system, meet others with similar interests, and discuss issues and strategies to improve the system.

Urban Agriculture:

Ben Nobleman OrchardFind out about Toronto’s first community orchard in a park through blog and FAQ pages

Community Garden Council of Waterloo Regionenvisions a strong, supportive infrastructure enabling residents to plant and harvest their own food. website contains a garden list, upcoming events and gardening resources

Toronto Community Garden Networkfind information and events at community gardens throughout the city

Youth:

Seed to Table (Scarborough) – connects youth to food through growing, cooking, and providing leadership opportunities for young adults to plan and lead cooking workshops

Roots to Harvest (Thunder Bay) – inspires young people in urban & rural Thunder Bay to engage in issues about food security within a science & technology framework

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PEI

ACORN - Connects organic growers and consumers throughout Atlantic Canada

Networks:

PEI Food Security NetworkCollection of working groups researching access, policy and production issues impeding food security

PEI Healthy Eating AlliancePromoting nutrition education, food access and policy change to encourage healthy eating

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Quebec

Academic:

Concordia Food Systems Project (Montreal) – brings together students, faculty and staff to facilitate a transition to a more sustainable food system for all through: building our own understanding of the food systems operating throughout society, reconnecting campus community members with these food systems, convening students, faculty, and staff for healthy dialogue and discussion around food, Undertaking research and action projects and making policy recommendations.

Le CRAPAUD (Montreal) – UQAM’s student garden organization works to promote urban agriculture through research, raising awareness, reappropriation and action. Provide gardening and food workshops, campus composting, and a summer school program.

McGill Centre for Indigenous People’s Nutrition and Environment (Montreal) – Participatory research and education on traditional food systems

McGill Food Systems Project – Uses student research, community engagement, and stakeholder collaboration  to maximize the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the food systems of McGill’s campuses.

The Midnight Kitchen (Montreal) -a non-profit, volunteer-run collective dedicated to providing affordable, healthy food to as many people as possible. Aims to empower individuals and communities by providing a working alternative to current market-based systems of food collection and distribution.

The People’s Potato (Montreal) – vegan soup kitchen run out of Concordia University. The project was initiated in 1999 in order to address student poverty.

Community Groups:

Action Communiterre (Montreal) – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness about food security and urban agriculture, while improving the community’s access to healthy organic produce through collectively-managed vegetable gardens and other urban agricultural projects

Equiterreenvironmental organization which works to increase food security by building a network of Community Supported Agriculture producers and consumers, as well as promoting sustainable procurement in schools and other institutions and providing ecological gardening support and resources.

Les Fourchettes d’Espoir (Montreal) – North Montreal organization providing kids’ cooking classes, community gardening, and an affordable cafeteria and meals-on-wheels program.

MultiCaf (Montreal) – runs a community cafeteria providing affordable meals in addition to providing emergency food hampers, a Good Food Box and community kitchens to residents of Côte-des-Neiges / Snowdon and beyond.

NDG Food Depot (Montreal) – strives to eliminate hunger by offering programs including emergency food baskets, a Good Food Box, surplus food distribution and community kitchens to NDG residents.

Protecterrenon-profit which works to connect urban consumers to rural producers, promote farm viability, and maintain Quebec’s agricultural heritage.

Santropol Roulant (Montreal) – uses food as a vehicle to break social and economic isolation between generations and to strengthen and nourish our local community. Programming includes a meals  on wheels program, cooking classes and rooftop gardening, among many other activities.

Service de Nutrition et Action Communautaire (Montreal) – SNAC hosts a community grocery which sells goods at a discount, as well as a food bank, community kitchen, Good Food Box program, and more.

Sun Youth Organization (Montreal) – youth group providing emergency food hampers with a special focus on seniors, pregnant women, kosher foods and people living with HIV/AIDS

Regroupement des Cuisines Collectives de Quebecoffers workshops on starting up and leading collective kitchens, as well as training sessions on economics, politics, and social relationships

Food Banks:

Moisson Montreal - collects and distributes surplus food to 211 organizations across Montreal and coordinates Good Food Box program for Greater Montreal.

Social Enterprise:

Chic Resto Pop (Montreal) – runs an affordable cafeteria and meals on wheels program while providing work and training to people receiving social assistance.

Resto Plateau (Montreal) - fights poverty and social exclusion of unemployed people by training individuals from diverse backgrounds to prepare food for an affordable restaurant.

Urban Agriculture:

Regroupement des jardins collectifs de Quebecnetwork which provides assistance to develop and run collective gardens throughout Quebec

Rooftop Garden Project (Montreal) – Collective hydroponic gardens on roofs and balconies donating food to a meals-on-wheels program

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Saskatchewan

Community Groups:

CHEP: Good Food Incorporated (Saskatoon) – Developed a Saskatoon Food Coalition and Charter, also run kids’ kitchens, Good Food Box, gardening and nutrition programs, neighbourhood markets, infant nutrition and cooking groups

REACH: Regina Education & Action on Child HungerHealthy food programming for children and marginalized groups including: Convenience Meals, Good Food Box, Family Basket, ‘R’ Mobile Stores, and the REACH Bulk Food Buying Cooperative

Regina’s Food for Learning - Provides nutritious meals to children in Regina’s low-income communities

Food Banks:

Regina & District Food BankProvides emergency food and pre-employment training

Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning CentreProvides emergency food as well as community kitchens, infant nutrition, first nations nutrition and urban agriculture programming

 Networks:

Food Secure Saskatchewanadvocating for and coordinating among groups working on food security throughout the province

 Urban Agriculture:

Grow ReginaHelps to develop, educate, and connect community gardens in Regina

Youth:

Agriculture in the Classroomteaches children about food and agriculture through indoor and outdoor gardening projects such as Little Green Thumbs and Greenscapades.

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Territories

Food Banks:

Food Bank Society of Whitehorseprovides emergency food to the hungry while supporting the greater effort to alleviate poverty.

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