Beyond the Emergency: How to evolve your food bank into a force for change

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We at Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) have heard from many at food banks who want to shift or augment their work to create more impact. We developed this resource to help them discuss the opportunities and challenges that arise when moving from the charity model to one informed by anti-poverty, food justice, and the social determinants of health.

This manual showcases a range of tangible ways food banks are evolving beyond emergency food provision. Many suggestions are low cost, including changing policies or procedures toward healthier food, and getting staff, volunteers, donors, and the public onside in making a shift in thinking. The chapters are framed by the Good Food Principles — a philosophy rooted in health, dignity, and equity that underpins our work at Community Food Centres (CFCs). The Good Food Principles are shared values that unite the groups who have joined our Good Food Organizations (GFO) initiative. 
The information, stories, and strategies in this manual come from the experience of our partner CFCs, featuring The Stop Community Food Centre’s food bank in Toronto, as well as other CFCs, GFOs, and innovative food programs across Canada.

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