Blog #8: Community Food Centres

According to the Community Food Centres Canada website, community food centres (CFCs) are places where people gather together to cook, share, learn new skills and advocate for good, nutritious foods. CFCs operate from a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community. They provide people with emergency access to quality food in a dignified setting, as well as programs and facilities for learning cooking and gardening skills. Kids are involved in the garden and kitchen in ways that are fun and will help them make healthier food choices. CFCs help people to voice issues and find friends and support.

Community Food Centres Canada provides resources and a proven approach to partner organizations across Canada to create CFCs and also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity for impact and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system. Currently there are four CFCs operating in Ontario, and more are being developed.

The Stop Community Food Centre (founding partner, Davenport West, Toronto)

The Table Community Food Centre (Perth, ON)

The Local Community Food Centre (Stratford, ON)

The Regent Park Community Food Centre (Regent Park, Toronto)

Drawing on my experience in practicing both in public health and dentistry in sub-Saharan Africa and rural India, the main causes of food insecurity in these communities are  low agricultural productivity, lack of clear agricultural policy or its implementation, poor infrastructure, high transportation cost due to unpaved roads and hilly geography, lack of appropriate marketing strategies for produced food, and a high disease burden in the community. I observed that community food centres played a vital role in sustaining life in many remote and rural communities in these countries. The community food centres from mission hospitals and charity organisations play a key role in sustaining life in these parts of the world. The knowledge exchange and capacity building programs conducted by these community food centre organizations is a step in the right direction towards attaining sustainable food security.

Written by: Abraham Kunnilathu, Western University MPH Grad Student;


Community Food Centres Canada:

Levkoe, Charles (2003); Widening approach to food insecurity: The Stop Community Food Centre; retrieved from: 

Stein Natalie, (2014), Theories of Behaviour Change and their application to Public Health Nutrition; Public Health Nutrition, pages 27-45.

Food and agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, Statistical Year book 2012, retrieved from


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