“Food is the hook. It’s the commonality.”
– Kristina McMillan, Director,
NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre Winnipeg
What is the Community Food Centre?
The Alex Community Food Centre (CFC) is a welcoming place for people to come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all. The CFC provides people with access to high-quality food in a dignified setting through healthy meals and an affordable produce market. People learn cooking and gardening skills, and kids get their hands dirty in the garden and kitchen in ways that expand their tastebuds and help them make healthier food choices. Community members find their voices on the issues that matter to them, and people find friends and support. CFCs offer multifaceted, integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community.
Along with our partners, Community Food Centres Canada, we envision a Canada where everyone has the means and knowledge necessary to access good, healthy food in a dignified way, and the ability and opportunity to be heard on the food issues that affect them. We envision a robust, diverse food economy that sustains farmers and the land, and a social consensus that food is a key determinant of health and a public good.
CFC 2021-2022 Impact Summary
Two years of COVID-19 have taken a real toll on communities – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Food insecurity remains a
serious issue as the cost of living continues to rise across the country.
And Community Food Centres have proven to be an invaluable resource, offering nourishing food and meaningful, regular
connections for community members.
The Alex Community Food Centre (CFC) is proud to be part of this national movement. From takeaway meals to affordable produce baskets, to outdoor cafes with the Peer Advocates, we were there to support.
Read all about it in our 2021-22 CFC Impact Summary.
Healthy Food Access
Food Access Programs offer healthy food to those in need in a respectful and dignified manner.
- Drop-in community meals
- Affordable produce market
- Pedal powered smoothies for kids
Healthy Food Skills
Food Skills Programs develop healthy food behaviours and skills, primarily in the areas of gardening and cooking.
- International Ave Kitchen
- Kids in the Kitchen
Education & Engagement
Education & Engagement Programs work to give individuals and communities voice and agency on food and hunger issues.
- Cooking Up Justice
- Advocacy Office
- Community Action Training