Food projects build community and bring people together for Canada’s 150th

(OTTAWA, ON) – Community food projects ranging from multicultural markets to revitalized farms to rooftop gardens will bring Canadians together across the country thanks to contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

The food activities are among those receiving funding from community foundations participating in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th – a national initiative to support local projects that build community and encourage engagement in our sesquicentennial.

Leading up to and during 2017, the Fund will provide thousands of small grants to local projects in every province and territory to engage the broadest possible array of Canadians with a particular focus on initiatives involving youth, Indigenous groups, official language minorities, and groups that reflect Canada’s cultural diversity.

The collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and matched by community foundations across the country, has already seen extraordinary interest since the first grant applications opened in April. More than 125 communities are already on board, with applications opening recently in Quebec City, Prince George and throughout rural Nova Scotia. Another wave of communities, including Brampton and Kingston, are set to announce calls for grant applications to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th starting next week.

“Food and agriculture are central to community health and well-being,” says Laurel Carlton, Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance with Community Foundations of Canada. “Food brings people from all walks of life together and it makes our communities stronger and healthier in all kinds of ways. To mark World Food Day this year, we’re excited to share that community food projects in all parts of Canada, from small rural towns to large urban centres, have received a lift from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.”

Nanaimo Foundation, Guelph Community Foundation and Foundation of Greater Montreal are just a few of the many community foundations funding projects centred around food. These projects include:

  • The Nanaimo Five-Acre Farm Project: The Nanaimo Foodshare society and the Growing Opportunities Farm Community Cooperative will bring community members together to learn agricultural skills and restore one of the region’s original five acre parcels to a working and learning community farm space (Nanaimo, British Columbia).
  • The Multicultural Food Project: The North End Harvest Market, a collaboration between a wide range of community organizations in Guelph, will increase the availability of ethno-specific fresh produce for low-income families, and will build the understanding and capacity of residents to grow and preserve their own produce. (Guelph, Ontario).
  • Cuisiner pour se connaitre et se comprendre: Rencontres cuisines, at Carrefour alimentaire Centre-Sud, will work with the Centre Lartigue and CEGEP Vieux Montreal to support the settlement of new arrivals to Canada through food. This project will be an opportunity for participants to reduce social isolation, to practice French in real life, and to learn how to eat healthily in Canada  (Montréal, QC).
  • Ensemble de la terre à l’assiette – A rooftop garden in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve collective kitchen will create unifying and gathering opportunities for 100 families, 18 organizations, schools, and CPE partners, as well as 40 participants in businesses that focus on socio-professional integration. The project aims to promote healthy lifestyles in food and reduce isolation, while promoting intergenerational collaboration (Montreal, Quebec).

Registered Canadian charities, municipalities and other qualified donees are eligible to apply to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th through the community foundation that serves their area.

To learn more about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, including its funding priorities and which communities are currently accepting grant applications, visit www.communityfoundations.ca/cfc150.

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. We are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities.

About Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and delivered locally by Canada’s community foundations.

Community Fund for Canada’s 150th contact:

Laurel Carlton
Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 915-1637
E: cfc150@communityfoundations.ca   

Media contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302
E: dvenn@communityfoundations.ca

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