K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX), November 12, 2015 — It’s a good food (and news!) story. The Our Food Project of the Ecology Action Centre is pleased to announce that we have joined Community Food Centres Canada's Good Food Organizations program, to showcase our commitment to offering impactful community food programs based in principles of health, empowerment, and respect. With nearly 100 other Good Food Organizations and eight Community Food Centres launched, or in development across the country, we are working towards a healthy and fair food system.
Launched in 2014, the Good Food Organizations program offers access to tools and resources, customized training, attendance at CFCC’s annual Food Summit, and chances to network and promote shared priorities. By working together through a set of shared principles, this important initiative connects the Our Food Project to like-minded and progressive organizations across the country that are using food to tackle problems of poor health, inequality, hunger, and poverty.
The goal of the Our Food Project is to strengthen communities' relationship to food by helping to build what we call Positive Food Environments, or the physical and social spaces that help to normalize healthy eating by making it easier to grow, sell, and eat good food. Our areas of work include: delivering food and garden skills education; building food infrastructure like community gardens; building the capacity of food leaders and food organizations; creating policy change and facilitating civic engagement; telling the story of food; and propelling the food movement forward. One of our rural partners shared this: “I think the Our Food Project staff have been really good at developing infrastructure, and supporting capacity building of groups wherever they are, to move forward and become more independent.”
Miranda Cobb, Research and Evaluation Coordinator for the Our Food Project, had this to say: “Taking part in the Good Food Organizations program will make us even more effective in creating Positive Food Environments in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes.”
“We are thrilled to be able to offer inspiration and support to a growing community of Good Food Organizations through our training, grants, and other networking opportunities,”said Kathryn Scharf, COO for Community Food Centres Canada. “Together, we can mount a stronger case for support in the sector that responsive, dignified food programming is worth doing and worth supporting. When well implemented and well resourced, we have seen how this work produces real and quantifiable impacts on community health and well-being.
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