Who is the co-author?
Nick Saul is the president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, an organization supporting towns and neighbourhoods across the country to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for everyone. He was executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto from 1998 to 2012 and is a recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacobs’ Prize. The Stop is written in Nick’s voice, but the book was a collaboration between Nick and Andrea. They also collaborate daily as the parents of two boys. Read more about him here.
What is The Stop Community Food Centre?
Since the 1970s, The Stop Community Food Centre has been reducing hunger, improving health, and creating real social change in Toronto with a visionary program mix that has food at its core. The Stop’s approach goes beyond traditional methods of charitable food provisioning—it strives to meet the most basic food needs of low-income Torontonians while combating diet-related illness, reducing social isolation, and supporting local agriculture.
The Stop’s programs include community kitchens and gardens, cooking classes, healthy drop-in meals, perinatal support, a food bank, outdoor bake ovens, food markets, and community action programs.
What is a Community Food Centre?
A Community Food Centre is a thriving, welcoming space where food builds health, skills and community. It provides emergency food access in a dignified setting that allows people to regain their self-worth. People learn cooking and gardening skills there, and kids develop positive attitudes towards healthy foods. Community members find their voices on the issues that matter most to them, and people gain new friends and support. (from www.cfccanada.ca)
Where are these Community Food Centres?
There are currently nine CFCs in Canada. The Stop and the Regent Park Community Food Centre in Toronto; The Table Community Food Centre in Perth, Ontario; The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford; NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba; the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; The Alex Community Food Centre in Calgary, Alberta; the Hamilton Community Food Centre; and The Depot Community Food Centre in Montreal. In addition, more than 100 Good Food Organizations across the country collaborate with CFCC to work toward a healthier and more just food system. Interested in joining this vibrant social movement? Check out www.cfccanada.ca.
What people are saying about Community Food Centres
“The community food centre is one of those forward-thinking models pointing the way to the future of good food.”
—Mark Bittman, food columnist, The New York Times
“How do we get to a world where everyone eats well? The food movement has spawned thousands of local experiments to come up with the answer, and now’s the time to start dreaming bigger. Now’s the time for local initiatives to feed, and be fed by, a larger national vision for change. Nick Saul and the team at Community Food Centres Canada are growing an incredible platform for food justice, one that will become a model not just in Canada, but for the planet.”
—Raj Patel, author, Stuffed & Starved