CFICE’s Community Food Security Hub
Cathleen Kneen*, Food Secure Canada
Charles Levkoe, Canada Research Chair, Lakehead University
The Community Food Security (CFS) hub examined the community-campus partnership models and best practices used to advance the food security and food sovereignty agenda of their lead community partner, Food Secure Canada.
Through different demonstration projects, they researched how to strengthen food security networks in Canada, and how to advance food security and food sovereignty in communities across the country.
The CFS hub worked from the position that Community Food Security occurs when all residents within a community:
- Obtain safe diets
- Have access to culturally appropriate diets
- Use environmentally sustainable food systems.
Cathleen Kneen, feminist and social activist with Food Secure Canada, was also the co-lead before she passed away in 2016.
Community Food Security News, Resources, and Research
Check out the CFS Hub’s news, resources, and research below.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Food Secure Canada releases Discussion Paper on National Food Policy
Montreal, May 4, 2017 -- Today, Food Secure Canada (FSC) is releasing From Patchwork to Policy Coherence: Principles and Priorities of Canada's National Food Policy in anticipation of the launch of federal government food policy consultations. The discussion paper outlines the key principles and priorities that need to be addressed as Canada’s...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Radio Documentary: Partnering for Change
The Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project has accomplished alot in the first four years of the project. In Partnering for Change, a radio documentary created by CFICE volunteer Julie Bourassa, CFICE partners reflect on the personal and community impacts the CFICE project has had in Phase I. Download a PDF copy...
Monday, April 24, 2017
Purchasing Power: 10 Lessons on Getting More Local, Sustainable, and Delicious Food in Schools, Hospitals and Campuses
Food Secure Canada and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation are jointly releasing the report Purchasing Power: 10 Lessons on Getting More Local, Sustainable, and Delicious Food in Schools, Hospitals and Campuses. The lessons profile what we’ve learned about how to shift institutional food purchasing to sustainability–from defining local, to...
Friday, April 21, 2017
Spotlight on Food: Innovation as Usual?
April 3rd, 2017 The agriculture and agri-food sector is enjoying a moment of exceptional attention. First, Canada’s Economic Growth Advisory Committee pinpointed the sector as a promising area of growth in the so-called Barton Report. Then, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute and the Public Policy Forum organized a series of meetings across...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Call for Papers: Building an Integrated National Food Policy for Canada – Submit by May 26, 2017
This themed issue of CFS/RCÉA aims to highlight the spectrum of current scholarship focusing on prospects and challenges for a joined-up, systems-based approach to national food policy that aims to connect sectors, departments and jurisdictions, and establish opportunities for meaningful civil society participation. We are interested in...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Collaborating for a Canadian National Food Policy
by Jasmine Law, CFICE Vounteer Food connects us all. Believe it or not, food is tied to the economy, environment, and to social justice and democracy. It’s so central to our lives that one in eight jobs in Canada are related to food systems, not to mention that it has a daily connection with...
Friday, March 31, 2017
Small but Mighty: Partnering for Food Security in Canada’s North
by Marie Tremblay, CFICE Volunteer The end of March will see this year’s 30 Hour Famine event by World Vision Canada, an event during which youth across Canada pledge to starve themselves for 30 hours to raise awareness and understanding of famine globally. Although World Vision Canada’s 30 Hour Famine aims to raise awareness...
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
FAQs about Canada’s National Food Policy from Food Secure Canada
After years of lobbying by Food Secure Canada and others, the Trudeau government charged the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food with leading the development of a National Food Policy (NFP). The process is already underway inside government, and public consultations will start later this year. But what does this mean? Food Secure Canada has...
Monday, February 20, 2017
CFICE’s Peter Andree Speaks with Agricultural Minister MacAulay
On Friday, February 10th, CFICE's Principal Investigator, Peter Andrée, was invited by Will Amos, Liberal MP for Pontiac, QC, to attend a meeting between Pontiac riding constituents and Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture. The meeting was primarily co-ordinated by the West Quebec Farmers’ Association. The meeting's speaker list included...
Monday, February 6, 2017
Journal Article: Collaboration for Transformation: Community– Campus Engagement for Just and Sustainable Food Systems
One of the top questions on CFICE researchers' minds over the past four years has been whether or not (and how) community-campus engagement can contribute to building social movements. In Phase I, each of the hubs explored this question in more or less detail. Well the Community Food Security hub now has an answer to...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
CFICE’s Amanda Wilson Reflects on Evaluation Symposium Experience
by Amanda Wilson, Community Co-lead of the CCE Brokering (FS) Working Group --- This article was first posted on Food Secure Canada's Website January 26, 2017. Link to the full article here --- January 18-19, 2017 CFICE (Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement) held a two day Symposium in Ottawa to reflect on the...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Podcast: Decolonizing Research and Relationships
The Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty has consistently held the space since 2006 for the generation of a body of knowledge within food systems discourse, that shines a light on the myriad ways that Indigenous hunting, fishing and gathering societies are persisting into the 21st century. While they are among some of the...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Report: Responsibilities and Relationships: Decolonizing the BC Food Systems Network
The BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) strives to build and maintain networks inclusive of diversity of cultures including Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. In 2012, with support from Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement’s (CFICE) Community Food Security (CFS) Hub the BCFSN staff developed an evaluation to better understand...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
CFICE’s Charles Levkoe Discusses Sustainable Food Systems with CBC!
On January 10, 2017, Dr. Charles Levkoe of CFICE's Community-Campus Brokering Working Group chatted with CBC's Lisa Laco about sustainable food systems. In the interview, Charles touched on his role as a Canada Research Chair, the food movement in Thunder Bay, and how community-campus engagement contributes to building sustainable food systems in...
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Job Opportunity: Project Director, Food From Thought – Apply by January 20, 2017
Office of Research Temporary full-time from March 2017 to March 2024 Hiring #: 2016-0513 Food from Thought, the University of Guelph’s $76.6 million, 7-year Canada First Research Excellence Fund project, is aimed at catalyzing a new digital agricultural revolution. Comprising 10 lead investigators and approximately 40 other faculty members, the...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Canadian Association for Food Studies 2017 Newsletter Released!
Start 2017 off right by updating yourself on all the work that has been going on at the Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS)! This newsletter is full of information about new articles, books, other publications, food studies events, projects, and other initiatives that are taking place in the Canadian food studies community. Of...
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Day 4 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Locavores! From Farm to Table
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Whether you’re a self-proclaimed locavore or just a lover of food, today, let's eat local! I’m sure you’ve heard of the now global trend of eating within a hundred mile radius. This trend is all thanks to Vancouverites Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon and their year-long local food experiment,...
Friday, December 2, 2016
Conferences, Webinars, and More – A Busy November at Food Secure Canada
November has been a busy month for our partner, Food Secure Canada. Check out what they've been up to in their work to advance Food Sovereignty in Canada! 1) PROOF Conference: Advancing Food Insecurity Research in Canada (November 17-18, 2016) On November 17 and 18 in Toronto, almost 200 researchers and advocates from Canada and...
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Omar’s Kitchen – Ottawa Good Food Box Edition
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) in an alternative way of providing local seasonal food to communities. In this video of Omar's Kitchen - Good Food Box Edition, Omar shows us how we can use the fresh, local produce from the Ottawa Good Food Box to make a tasty pasta salad. Try out the recipe and let...
Friday, November 4, 2016
Hungry for Knowledge: CFICE Partner Meal Exchange releases ground-breaking report on student hunger
Last week, CFICE's Food Security Hub partner, Meal Exchange, released their report Hungry for Knowledge. The largest Canadian cross-campus study to date surveyed 4,500 students at five different Canadian university campuses and found that nearly 40% of all students surveyed are food "insecure". This is a significant finding, but according to...
Monday, October 3, 2016
Fighting Food Waste Through Community Social Innovation
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA More than half of the world’s population now live in cities and other urban settings. That means farmland often gets paved for urban development. While the number of farms and farmers in Canada are decreasing, making food ever more valuable, Canada wastes approximately $31 billion worth of food...
Friday, September 30, 2016
Paying for Nutrition: A Report on Food Costing in the North
On September 13, 2016, Food Secure Canada released it's report titled Paying for Nutrition: A Report on Food Costing in the North. Completed with the support of CFICE's Community Food Security Hub, this report leaves no doubt that food prices in the north are outrageous in comparison with the rest of Canada. With many...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Book Chapter: Learning, Food, and Sustainability in Community-Campus Engagement
“This book is dedicated to Cathleen Kneen, a contributor to this work. She was an educator, activist and friend whose spirit continues to guide us in our work on food system transformation.” A new book is out that community-campus partners and food researchers might want to dive into this harvest season. Titled Learning, Food, and...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Building community through food: The Carleton Food Collective
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA The increasing engagement in community campus partnerships is not just a phenomenon that occurs between professors and community organizations. Students are also taking matters into their hands to become more engaged, and one way they are doing it is by setting up alternative food initiatives (AFIs) in their...
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Humans of CFICE: Peter Andrée
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA Dr. Peter Andrée’s contribution to CFICE has been immense from day one. He was involved, along with Geri Briggs, Ted Jackson and others, with planning and designing the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project. He began his journey with CFICE as an academic co-lead of the Community...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Plain Language Podcast: Campus Food Systems Initiatives Study
This plain language podcast provides a summary of the Campus Food Systems Initiatives Study. This study was conducted in partnership with Meal Exchange and Ryerson University and explored the process of starting, maintaining, and involving community partners in student-led campus food systems initiatives. Download a copy of the podcast...
Friday, July 15, 2016
Call for papers: The food environment in Canada – Due October 31, 2016
The Public Health Agency of Canada is seeking contributions for a special issue of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice on the Food Environment in Canada. All article types are invited for submission. The publication is seeking research relating to all aspects of food environment, which may...
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Journal Article: Collaborating for community food security
In 2013-2014, Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement’s (CFICE) Community Food Security (CFS) Hub supported a project called "Creating a Food Hub Through University-Community Partnership." This project entailed conducting a developmental evaluation of the collaborative work occurring through Guelph University's Research Shop on...
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Paying for Nutrition: Challenges in assessing food environments in northern and remote communities in Canada
Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement's (CFICE) Community Food Security Hub helped fund a project to address food insecurity in northern and remote communities in Canada. In collaboration with Food Secure Canada, Mt. St. Vincent University, and Lakehead University, this project renewed the work on food costing in Northern Canada so...
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Humans of CFICE: Abra Brynne
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Volunteer CFICE is an action-research project that seeks to engage effectively with the community across a variety of different research hubs. In order to achieve our goals, there are many significant people involved that work to initiate and foster relationships between community and campus through brokerage and...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Plain Language Podcast: Transformative Research as Knowledge Mobilization
This plain language podcast is based on an article titled Transformative Research as Knowledge Mobilization: Transmedia, bridges, and layers by Colin R. Anderson and Stéphane M. McLachlan. In their article, they discuss several different strategies for making academic research more accessible. Download a copy of the podcast transcript. Podcast...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Extending the Harvest: 3 Ways to Keep Eating Home-Grown Food in Winter
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA We have to part ways with the warm weather at some point. Usually by November at the latest, plants will die off and we will have to wait until April to start growing our favorite fruits, vegetables, and herbs outside again. But just because our crops aren't growing outdoors during...
Friday, May 13, 2016
How to Maintain Your Garden
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Volunteer You’ve planted your garden, now what? Gardening is an excellent and rewarding hands-on learning experience. It’s also a great way to contribute to environmental sustainability and will help save money along the way. Whether it’s a community garden or one in your own backyard, gardening is also a fantastic...
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Job Opportunity: Research Chair in Food – Apply by late May 2016
The University of Guelph (UofG) is seeking a renowned scholar and interdisciplinary thinker to hold the newly-created Research Chair in Food. The Chair will provide leadership to the building of world class research across the broad spectrum of food and food-related issues, and will advance the University of Guelph’s global reputation for...
Friday, April 29, 2016
Discussion Paper: Looking Back, Looking Forward
In the winter of 2015, when the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project was in the preliminary stages of planning its transition to Phase II, the Community Food Security (CFS) Hub prepared a discussion paper to synthesize collective reflections from hub partners on their proposals for action priorities to be...