Resources

Module: Right to Food
Source: Other

The Canadian Government's response to the report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Module: Evaluation
Source: Other

FORWARD: The principles presented here emerged from highly interactive workshops with a group of developmental evaluators representing premier Canadian organizations. Just as developmental evaluation (DE) is a dynamic, emergent process, those work

Module: Charity vs. Solidarity
Source: Other

INTRO: Among the advanced industrial countries, the use of food stamps to alleviate poverty is unique to the United States.

Module: Basic Income
Source: Other

"Income Security for All Canadians: Understanding Guaranteed Income"

by Chandra Pasma and Jim Mulvale from Basic Income Canada Network

 

Module: Beyond Emergency Food
Source: Other

ABSTRACT: This essay theorizes grassroots support organizations (GSOs) as empowerment-oriented development nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and grassroots support as a growing field of community-based practice.

Module: Basic Income
Source: Other

"Possibilities and Prospects: The Debate Over a Guaranteed Income" by Margot Young and James P. Mulvale

From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Module: Nutrition
Source: Other

This article offers a comparison of the Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers, and Zone Diets for Weight Loss and Heart Disease Risk Reduction.

Module: Evaluation
Source: Other

PREFACE: Developmental evaluation is a work-in-progress; an evolving methodology.

Module: Diet and Mental Health
Source: Other

Background - “Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health.” (World Health Organization, 2010) Nutrition initiatives, as part of collaborative programs for mental health promotion,

Module: Gardening and Mental Health
Source: Other

ABSTRACT: Community gardens have been a part of modern American culture since the late 19th century.

Module: Basic Income
Source: Other

A policy brief featuring findings from Dr. Evelyn Forget's research on the Canadian GAI pilot in the 1970s called MINCOME. 

Module: Diet and Mental Health
Source: CFCC

Tips and examples to help food programs staff evaluate their programs, with an emphasis on evaluating changes in mental health. 

- Written by Trace MacKay, Research and Evaluation Manager at Community Food Centres Canada.

In this document published by WhyHunger in 2005, Andy Fisher explores the opportunities for food banks to build towards community food security.

In this document published by WhyHunger in 2005, Andy Fisher explores the opportunities for food banks to build towards community food security.

In this document published by WhyHunger in 2005, Andy Fisher explores the opportunities for food banks to build towards community food security.

Prepared by The Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives, this document gives an overview of gardening, gleaning, and farming for food banks programs in the U.S., including a summary of findings, case studies, and policy implications and opportun

Prepared by The Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives, this document gives an overview of gardening, gleaning, and farming for food banks programs in the U.S., including a summary of findings, case studies, and policy implications and opportun

Module: Right to Food
Source: Other

This document is an alternative federal budget chapter on food sovereignty put forward by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Module: Nutrition, Community Kitchens
Source: Other

The purpose of this paper is to synthesize the state of knowledge and research gaps related to cooking and food preparation skills among children and families.

Module: Nutrition, Community Kitchens
Source: Other

The purpose of this paper is to synthesize the state of knowledge and research gaps related to cooking and food preparation skills among children and families.

Module: Diet and Mental Health
Source: Other

“Making something out of nothing”
Food Literacy for Life
A locally driven collaborative project funded by public Health ONTARIO, 2013 - Technical Report

LEAD INVESTIGATORS :

Ellen Desjardins, RD, PhD

Module: Diet and Mental Health
Source: CFCC

An extensive list of research studies and scholarly articles on the subject of nutrtition and mental health, created with the help of Karen Davison and Trace MacKay.

Module: Gardening and Mental Health
Source: Other

SUMMARY: The immediacy of Richard Louv's message in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder galvanized an international movement to reconnect children with nature.

Module: Education Programs
Source: The Stop

INTRO: Good food. We can’t seem to get enough of it and we can’t stop talking about it.

This discussion paper summarizes and examines next steps for the Community Food Procurement project in Toronto. The research found significant opportunities at community organizations to improve coordination of food programming.

This discussion paper summarizes and examines next steps for the Community Food Procurement project in Toronto. The research found significant opportunities at community organizations to improve coordination of food programming.

Module: Right to Food
Source: Other

SUMMARY: The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 13/4, contains the findings and recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food on his country visit to Canada from 6 to 16 May 2012.

Module: Fundraising
Source: CFCC

INTRO: Successfully reimagining a non-profit organization isn’t simple.

Module: Charity vs. Solidarity
Source: Other

ABSTRACT: The proliferation of emergency food programs in the United States over the past decade and a half has created a dilemma for advocates and others who approach issues of social provision from the standpoint of a commitment to social justic

Module: Charity vs. Solidarity
Source: Other

This document is the introductory chapter to Janet Poppendieck's 1999 book entitled 'Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement', a must read for those who are interested in emergency food provisioning.

Module: Charity vs. Solidarity, Social Change
Source: Other

INTRO: As a social issue, hunger in America has shown a remarkable capacity to maintain a place on the public agenda and to elicit responses from both the public and non-profit sectors.

Module: Charity vs. Solidarity, Social Change
Source: Other

INTRO: As a social issue, hunger in America has shown a remarkable capacity to maintain a place on the public agenda and to elicit responses from both the public and non-profit sectors.

Module: Community Food Centre Model
Source: CFCC

SUMMARY: The paper lays out the principles that animate The Stop’s programs and that have supported its expansion.

Module: Nutrition
Source: Other

Abstract - Depression is a complex mental illness that can be debilitating for those affected.

Module: Charity vs. Solidarity
Source: Other

From Conclusion: Food insecurity is a serious social and public health problem in our country.

Module: Social Change
Source: Other

Michael Pollan's take on the lanscape of the current food movement.

Module: Social Change
Source: Other

Raj Patel traces a history of the Green Revolution from the 20th to the 21st century. This article illuminates commonalities in past and present Green Revolutions, including their bases in class struggles and crises of accumulation, modes of gover

Module: Basic Income
Source: Other

From the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, this research paper is authored by J.C. Herbert Emery, Valerie C. Fleisch, and Lynn McIntyre.

Module: Social Isolation
Source: Other

Simple ideas can make a big difference when it comes to reducing loneliness. Qa Research did an independent evaluation of JRF’s Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness programme.

Module: Community Gardens, Nutrition
Source: Other

Zick et al. (2013) explore the potential weight control benefits of community gardening and conclude that "the health benefits of community gardening may go beyond enhancing the gardeners’ intake of fruits and vegetables. Community gardens may be a valuable element of land use diversity that merits consideration by public health officials who want to identify neighborhood features that promote health."

Module: Community Gardens, Nutrition
Source: Other

Zick et al. (2013) explore the potential weight control benefits of community gardening and conclude that "the health benefits of community gardening may go beyond enhancing the gardeners’ intake of fruits and vegetables. Community gardens may be a valuable element of land use diversity that merits consideration by public health officials who want to identify neighborhood features that promote health."

Module: Diet and Mental Health
Source: Other

ABSTRACT -- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental illness that is on the rise. Every year, an increasing number of individuals (children and adults) are diagnosed with ADHD.

Module: Community Action Program, Social Change
Source: The Stop

A core aspect of the civic engagement work at all Community Food Centres is the Community Action Training. The training topics and schedule vary from site to site, and from training to training.

Module: Community Action Program, Social Change
Source: The Stop

A core aspect of the civic engagement work at all Community Food Centres is the Community Action Training. The training topics and schedule vary from site to site, and from training to training.

Module: Community Kitchens
Source: Other

Although different from the community kitchen models that run out of Community Food Centres, this Winnipeg Community Kitchens Handbook contains useful planning tips, curricula, logistical considerations, recipes and more.

Module: Gardening and Mental Health
Source: Other

Created by the Central Toronto Community Health Centres, the 'let's grow!' manual presents gardening activities to promote mental health, healthy eating and physical activity.

Module: Nutrition, Beyond Emergency Food
Source: Other

The purpose of Why Hunger’s Cooking Up Community: Nutrition Education in Emergency Food Programs is to: (1) Share and provide information about current and innovative programming regarding nutrition education— spanning a wide array of sources that

Module: Nutrition, Beyond Emergency Food
Source: Other

The purpose of Why Hunger’s Cooking Up Community: Nutrition Education in Emergency Food Programs is to: (1) Share and provide information about current and innovative programming regarding nutrition education— spanning a wide array of sources that

Module: Education Programs
Source: The Stop

This guide provides the background information used to design many of The Stop’s activities and workshops for children.

Module: Basic Income
Source: Other

A summary of basic income programs and pilots around the world by Basic Income Canada Network.

Module: Beyond Emergency Food
Source: CFCC

In early 2017 we’ll be releasing our manual, Beyond Emergency Food: How to evolve your food bank into a force for change. For now, we are pleased to share a sample chapter with you as a preview of what’s to come.

Module: Social Isolation
Source: CFCC

Social isolation is a complex issue linked to physical, emotional, and psychological well-being,and influenced by personal, community, and societal factors.

Module: Social Change
Source: CFCC

CFCC's Theory of Change provides evidence of Canada's food issues: household food insecurity, diet-related illness, an unsustainable food system.

Module: Community Kitchens
Source: The Stop

There are as many ways to structure and run community kitchen programs as there are people who participate in them.

Module: Placemaking Through Food
Source: Other

Created by Jutta Mason, a community leader in Toronto's Dufferin Grove Park, this handbook provides valuable information and tips to starting a bake oven or campfire cooking program in a public park.

Module: Volunteering
Source: The Stop

A well-defined volunteer position will benefit both the volunteers for a particular program area and the person coordinating it.

Module: Fundraising
Source: CFCC

Having a sense of good funding opportunities is crucial to a solid fundraising program. Ranging from free to expensive, there are lots of resources available to help navigate the landscape of available grants in Canada.

Module: Innovation in food banks
Source: Other

PROOF Food Insecurity Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research team investigating household food insecurity in Canada.

Module: Nutrition
Source: CFCC

Our Moving Towards Healthier Eating Charts were developed to provide a practical reference for people participating in food programs that promote healthier food choices, such as community kitchens, cooking worksho

Module: Nutrition
Source: CFCC

This document is an accompanying guide to the Moving Towards Healthier Eating Charts, which CFCC developed to provide a practical reference f

Module: Evaluation, Community Food Centre Model
Source: The Stop

A useful tool for strategic planning, this program matrix presents The Stop Community Food Centre's strategic objectives and for each program, identifies how much it addresses each of the listed objectives. 

Module: Evaluation, Community Food Centre Model
Source: The Stop

A useful tool for strategic planning, this program matrix presents The Stop Community Food Centre's strategic objectives and for each program, identifies how much it addresses each of the listed objectives. 

Module: Community Food Centre Model
Source: CFCC

Programs at each community food centre are locally tailored, based on community needs and interests, within the categories of food access, food skills and education and engagement.

Module: Drop-in Meals
Source: The Table

This document is a sample budget for large kitchen items and appliances that would need to be purchased to outfit a community kitchen, including stove and exaust; fridge, sinks and dishwasher; and tables, chairs and shelving.

Module: Drop-in Meals
Source: The Local

This document is a budget for small items required to outfit a community kitchen, including pots and pans; pans and trays; small kitchen appliances; storage and garbage containers; cooking knives; and other utensils.

Module: Fundraising
Source: The Stop

When coordinating a fundraiser, it’s important to take some time and think about all of the necessary arrangements and information related to your event.

Module: Volunteering
Source: The Stop

This document is a logic model for the volunteer program at The Stop.

Module: Community Gardens
Source: The Stop

Started in 2009, Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) is a yard sharing program which connects people looking to grow more of their own food but lacking the land to yard owners with extra space.

Module: Fundraising
Source: The Stop

This is the follow-up document used for third party events at The Stop Community Food Centre.

Module: Education Programs
Source: The Stop

Geared towards parents of children in the program, this manual outlines the policies and procedures for The Stop Community Food Centre’s After School Program (ASP) at the Green Barn.

Module: Volunteering
Source: The Stop

While issues and incidents aren’t common, it’s important to have systems in place to address them when they do arise, and more so, to try to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Module: The Stop CFC's Food Bank model
Source: The Stop

This document show the types of information being collected during the intake process at The Stop's food bank.

Module: Beyond Emergency Food
Source: CFCC

We use our Good Food Principles to guide a lot of our choices at CFCC and at our partner CFCs.

Module: The Stop CFC's Food Bank model
Source: The Stop

Over the years, we've come to realize that it’s important to articulate our philosophy about food – both so community members understand our commitment to healthy food, and to describe to donors the types of food we aim to supply through our food

Module: Corporate Regulation
Source: Other

A 2014 report from the McKinsey Global Institute. 

Module: Volunteering
Source: The Stop

While the Volunteer Coordinator at The Stop helps to orient and accept new volunteers, a great deal of responsibility is placed on program staff to supervise, support and guide volunteers, and indeed this is the case at other Community Food Centre

Module: The Stop CFC's Food Bank model
Source: The Stop

The respect policy is prominently displayed in several parts of The Stop’s Food Bank and Drop-in area.

Module: Community Gardens
Source: The Stop

Establishing a Garden Sharing Arrangement is an important aspect of a successful garden march. This is an example of the type of written agreement that The Stop encourages its YIMBY participants to create.

Module: Fundraising
Source: The Stop

This document presents guidelines for hosting a third party event.

Module: Fundraising
Source: The Stop

This is the document used for registering a third party event with The Stop Community Food Centre.

Module: Volunteering
Source: The Stop

This document helps facilitate the placement of prospective volunteers into appropriate and available positions.

Module: Volunteering
Source: The Stop

Before becoming a volunteer The Stop, all applicants review this Code of Conduct with Volunteer Coordinator and sign it. This is a crucial step in establishing expectations and requirements of the volunteer’s role.

Module: Community Action Program
Source: The Stop

This job description is for the The Advocacy Worker position at The Stop CFC.

Module: Community Action Program
Source: The Stop

This document is a sample job posting for the Community Advocates positions.

Module: Community Gardens
Source: The Stop

The Garden Education Worker is a key part of the community garden programming at a Community Food Centre. This resource is a sample job description for this position at The Stop.

Module: Volunteering
Source: The Stop

Job descriptions are an important way to clearly communicate roles, responsibilities and expectations of volunteers. This sample job description is for volunteer assistants at the Good Food Market program.

Module: Education Programs
Source: The Stop

This document is an outreach flyer for The Stop's After School Program at the Green Barns.

Module: Community Food Centre Model
Source: CFCC

SUMMARY: At Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), we believe that all people, regardless of income, should be able to feed themselves good food in a dignified setting—that healthy food is better for everyone, not just those who can afford it.

Module: Community Action Program
Source: The Stop

This document is an example of an outreach flyer for the Community Advocacy Office and features the wide range of issues the Advocates can help with including, income supports, housing, legal issues, accessing health care, immigration, refugee and

Module: Basic Income
Source: Other

A brochure from the Ontario College of Family Physcians on available income supports for low-income Ontarians.

Module: Basic Income
Source: Other

A useful resource for family physicans seeking to undertake clinic-based poverty interventions. It covers screening, adjusting risk, and options for intervention.

Module: Bridging Low-Incomes and Good Food
Source: CFCC, The Table

This brochure highlights the local producers and processors that The Table Community Food Centre works with and is an example of how a CFC can support sustainable farms in their community.

Module: Bridging Low-Incomes and Good Food
Source: CFCC, The Local

This brochure highlights the local producers and processors that The Local Community Food Centre works with and is an example of how a CFC can support sustainable farms in their community.

Module: Evaluation
Source: The Stop

This document is a poster summary of The Stop's annual program survey results. Sharing results with community members is an important way to show that people's input was valued and helps build and evaluative organizational culture.

Module: Education Programs
Source: The Stop

The Stop’s After School Program (ASP) is a food program for kids aged 8 to 12 that runs three days a week for a period of 18 weeks. Every year, there is a fall and winter session offered.

Module: Community Action Program
Source: CFCC

This document is an in-depth evaluation report of the Community Advocacy Program at The Stop.

Module: Community Action Program, Social Change
Source: CFCC, The Stop

An important tool right from program design to evaluation, the Community Action Program Logic Model outlines the target group for the program, objectives, activities, outcomes and impacts.

Module: Community Action Program, Social Change
Source: CFCC, The Stop

An important tool right from program design to evaluation, the Community Action Program Logic Model outlines the target group for the program, objectives, activities, outcomes and impacts.

Module: Evaluation
Source: CFCC

This is the slide deck from our 2012 Evaluation webinar.

This document is a logic model for The Stop's Food Bank Program and includes target groups for the program, goals and objectives, resources required for the program, activites, short and long term outcomes, and impact indicators.

This document is a logic model for The Stop's Food Bank Program and includes target groups for the program, goals and objectives, resources required for the program, activites, short and long term outcomes, and impact indicators.

Module: Evaluation, Community Gardens
Source: The Table

This document is a logic model of The Table Community Food Centre's community garden programs. It includes program objectives, activities, outcomes, indicators and impacts.

Module: Evaluation, Community Gardens
Source: The Table

This document is a logic model of The Table Community Food Centre's community garden programs. It includes program objectives, activities, outcomes, indicators and impacts.

Module: Evaluation
Source: The Stop

This document is the pre-survey for The Stop's After School Program.

Module: Evaluation
Source: The Stop

This document is a results summary of The Stop's 2011 Annual Program Survey.

Module: Evaluation
Source: The Stop

This document is a survey for the vendors at The Stop Community Food Centre's Farmers' Market.

Module: Evaluation
Source: Other

Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a framework for measuring and accounting for this much broader concept of value; it seeks to reduce inequality and environmental degradation and improve well being by incorporating social, environmental and ec

Module: Social Change
Source: Other

US-based food security organization, Why Hunger, produced this excellent publication on Agroecology in 2015.

Module: Innovation in food banks
Source: CFCC

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.

Module: Community Action Program
Source: The Stop

The Stop’s Bread & Brick Social Justice Group has been meeting since 2009.

Module: Community Food Centre Model
Source: CFCC

Food is never just food. This unwavering belief fuels everything we do at Community Food Centres Canada.

Module: Basic Income
Source: CFCC

Drawing on the latest research, this is CFCC's backgrounder on basic income, covering the history, policy models, benefits, and criticisms.

Module: Innovation in food banks
Source: CFCC

This document is a logic model for Food Access at Community Food Centres. It includesour recipe for change, goals and objectives, rationale for the issues we face, and the food access priorities we're working toward.

Fruit and vegetable voucher programs have been increasingly used in the past decade to reduce financial barriers to healthy food, to improve health, and to support local farmers.

Module: Community Action Program
Source: CFCC

An infographic of the Community Action Program.

Module: Community Action Program
Source: The Stop

Two core tenets of the civic engagement work undertaken at each Community Food Centre are our “community action trainings”, which in turn feed into the creation of community advocacy offices.

Module: Community Gardens
Source: CFCC

This document is an infographic of the Community Gardens program.

Module: Community Gardens
Source: The Stop

This document gives an overview of the history, growth and community garden programming that happens at The Stop.

Module: Community Gardens
Source: The Stop

We had a great Q+A session at the end of our webinar on Community Garden Programs. This document has answers to the questions that we didn’t have time to answer during the event, including:

Module: Community Kitchens
Source: CFCC, The Stop

This document is an infographic of the community kitchens programs at The Stop Community Food Centre.

Module: Community Kitchens
Source: The Stop

The Stop’s Community Kitchens use the power of food to build strong community ties. Participants learn about nutrition and cooking techniques, share their own knowledge and experiences in cooking, and further develop their skills in the kitchen.

Module: Community Action Program
Source: The Stop

This resource provides an overview of the Do the Math campaign, its components, and its achievements to date.

Module: Drop-in Meals
Source: CFCC

An infographic of the Drop-in Meal Program.

Module: Evaluation
Source: CFCC

This slide deck was presented by CFCC Evaluation Manager, Meredith Davis, during the Fall 2012 webinar.

Module: Evaluation
Source: CFCC

This document a written summary of the Q&A session from the Evaluating Community Food Initiatives webinar that CFCC hosted in the Fall of 2012, including questions and responses we didn't have time to address live.

Module: The Stop CFC's Food Bank model
Source: The Stop

This document is an anual report of The Stop`s Food Bank from 2010-11 and includes information about creating a more respectful and dignified environment, improving the quality of food available, working with volunteers and more.

Module: Gardening and Mental Health
Source: CFCC, The Stop

Community garden programs that are offered as part of a multifaceted suite of programs at a Community Food Centre have significant potential to achieve positive outcomes for participants suffering from mental health issues and the participant popu

Module: Nutrition
Source: CFCC

This document offers some straightforward approaches to healthy food and healthy eating that are intended to have a positive impact on the health of the people we work with, the environment and other players in the food system.  We understand that

Module: Community Kitchens
Source: The Stop

The truth is, we can’t really be food secure without food skills. Learning to cook may be one of the most important things we can do for our good health.

Module: Nutrition
Source: Other

Hans Kai is a participant led based health program for people wanting to maintain or improve their health. It is based on a program that has been operating in Japan for the last 50 years.

Module: The Stop CFC's Food Bank model
Source: CFCC

An infographic of the food bank program.

Module: The Stop CFC's Food Bank model
Source: The Stop

The Stop’s Food Bank has evolved over the years to improve the quality of the food provided, as well as the overall experience of coming to the program.

Module: Education Programs
Source: The Stop

This program report gives an overview of the Kids Dig It! After School Programs at The Stop Community Food Centre.

Module: Diet and Mental Health
Source: CFCC

A list of programs referred to in Karen Davison's April 9, 2014 webinar presentation, as well as further links to innovative programs that are addressing both diet and mental health.

Module: Community Action Program, Social Change
Source: The Stop

This document looks at the core principles and values of the Community Action Program overall, and discusses how these fit into the different program components (e.g. the community action training, advocacy office, and social justice clubs).

Module: Community Action Program, Social Change
Source: The Stop

This document looks at the core principles and values of the Community Action Program overall, and discusses how these fit into the different program components (e.g. the community action training, advocacy office, and social justice clubs).

Module: Community Food Centre Model
Source: The Stop

The Stop was founded in the 1970s as one of North America’s first food banks. Since 1998, it has grown into a comprehensive community food centre, and is the organization that the community food centre model is based on.

Module: Diet and Mental Health
Source: CFCC

Karen Davison, one of the panelists from the April 9, 2014 webinar "Diet, Mental Health, and the Role of Community Food Programs," shares her slides featuring key research on the topic. 

Module: Gardening and Mental Health
Source: Other

This document is a collection of key learnings from the December 2012 Mental Health and Gardening Knowledge Swap hosted by the Central Toronto Community Health Centre in collaboration with EcoSpark, The Stop, Canadian Mental Health Association and

Module: Volunteering
Source: The Stop

Although volunteers don’t get paid for the work that they do, their contribution to the Community Food Centres is invaluable.

Module: Community Food Centre Model
Source: CFCC

This document gives a brief overview of the history and development of The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford, ON.

Module: Community Food Centre Model
Source: CFCC

This document gives an overview of the history and development of The Table Community Food Centre in Perth, ON.

Module: Placemaking Through Food
Source: CFCC

To see the photos that we displayed during this webinar, you can download this slide deck featuring images from Dufferin Grove, Regent Park CFC, and Thorncliffe Park.

Module: Community Food Centre Model
Source: CFCC

The Community Food Centre model, based on work started at The Stop Community Food Centre, is a mix of programming, organizational culture, principles and values, and infrastructure.

Module: Drop-in Meals
Source: The Stop

This document offers ten tips for running a drop-in meal kitchen, ranging from volunteers and volume to ingredients and planning.

Module: Fundraising
Source: The Stop

From developing plans to saying thank you, here are some tips to help inform your fundraising efforts. Beyond the following tricks of the trade, remember to engage with the wider issues that matter to your community.

Module: Community Kitchens
Source: The Stop

Every community kitchen will have a different space to work with and different resources, so there is no one right design for a kitchen. Here are some elements to consider and examples of what’s worked well for us.