Innovation in food banks

Looking beyond the emergency

Food banks provide spaces where people can connect and get support, but hunger is a complicated problem to solve and food charity is an inadequate response. Working with high volumes of people who have lived experiences of poverty, food banks are fertile grounds for community development, reducing isolation, and advocacy. Food banks across North America are increasingly exploring the many ways to develop and evolve. 

This webinar looks at the food bank system and innovations that are taking place at both the regional and grassroots level to make food banks healthier, more dignified, and a force for policy change. In March 2017, we hosted a lively conversation between Susannah Morgan, CEO of the Oregon Food Bank; Charles Jergl, Director of Agency Relations at The Daily Bread Food Bank; and Rekha Cherian who has just joined the CFCC team after seven years managing the food bank at The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto. 

Video from the webinar is broken into the following chapters:

1. How do you get healthy food into food banks?

2. How do food banks meet immediate needs while doing systemic work? 

3. What does food as a human right really mean in practice?

4. How do you advocate for broader social change? 

5. Are food banks still trying to put themselves out of business? 

Plus, don't miss seeing CFCC’s new food bank manual, Beyond the Emergency: How to evolve your food bank into a force for change.