Community Food Centres Canada provides ideas, resources and a proven approach to partner organizations across Canada to create Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity for impact and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system.
The Pod Knowledge Exchange is a project of Community Food Centres Canada. It's a place where we can share ideas, tools and resources with the community food sector at large. For ease of navigation we've structured this information in the form of learning modules which may contain videos, written resources and podcasts. By collecting this information in one place, we hope to create an engaging and practical virtual library that can help strengthen the vital work that is happening in this sector, from coast to coast.
Why The Pod?
Big-picture change starts at the grassroots level, and requires practical tools and a space for idea exchange. In the way that pea pods serve as the containers for both nourishment and the seeds to new life, it’s our vision that the materials that The Pod contains will support others engaged in their own communities and catalyze the growth of effective programs that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.
History and redevelopment
The Pod Knowledge Exchange began as The Stop’s online Learning Network in 2010, and was created to support the pilot phase of scaling the CFC model. Following the launch of Community Food Centres Canada in 2012, we realized we needed to expand the site into a knowledge-sharing platform through which to share the experiences and learnings of other CFCs in addition to the foundational experiences from The Stop’s ‘test kitchen’. For more on the history and growth of CFCC please see the History page on the CFCC website.
We’ve updated The Pod to reflect the feedback collected through member surveys and user comments. Improvements include improved navigation and content access through the division of modules into distinct categories (programs, organization, and issues); improved discoverability and accessibility of downloadable resources; and updated modules and resources. We’ve cleaned up the site to make it reflect the same kind of welcoming environment that we want people to experience when they step through the doors of a CFC.
As always, we’re interested in continuing the conversation and hearing your thoughts or suggestions for the site. Feel free to leave a comment, contact us or drop us a line at ross [at] cfccanada [dot] ca.
How often do you post modules?
We try to post new modules to The Pod every few months. Most of these are modules built out from webinars we’ve hosted however, with a few created from other events and presentations.
Do you take requests for module or webinar topics?
Certainly. If you’re interested in a topic, odds are others are too. This site is most effective when it addresses member needs and interests. Although we can’t promise to create a module or provide a resource to satisfy every request, we will do our best to answer your questions or link you to groups working in the field. You can send requests to ross [at] cfccanada [dot] ca
What is The Pod's intended audience?
Our modules are probably most relevant to other organizations/groups working on community food issues. That said, the site is open to anyone, and people who are interested in food issues or the nonprofit sector will surely find a few interesting modules or resources. The site now has over 1,500 members, with representation from all Canadian provinces, 30 states and several countries around the globe. A growing segment of The Pod's membership is made up of staff, volunteers and community members working with our growing network of Community Food Centres.
How do I get involved?
The easiest way to get involved with The Pod is to weigh in and share your thoughts by commenting on modules. In addition, The Pod hosts bi-monthly webinars on topics related to CFCs, so keep your eye out for for email announcements about upcoming webinars. CFCC also offers monthly scheduled group tours of The Stop CFC in Toronto. Registration is required and details can be found on the Tours page of the CFCC website.
If you represent an organization that's interested in partnering with CFCC, please read through the Prospective Partners page of the CFCC website and contact Partnership Manager, Bronwyn Whyte, at bronwyn [at] cfccanada [dot] ca with further inquiries.
You can support CFCC's work by donating online, or by contacting CFCC Development Manager - Major Gifts, Sarah Hillyer, at sarah [at] cfccanada [dot] ca.
The work on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.