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Running a Community Food Program

Ideas and best practices for running a food program, including everything from community gardens, teaching kitchens, bulk buying clubs, even farmers' markets.

Food Programs by Topics

Community Gardens

Gardening with Children

2 pages of easy tips and activities from FoodShare Toronto for having fun in the garden with kids

Dig it! A Practical Toolkit: How Local Governments can Support Community Gardens

Practical tools and templates that can be adapted by municipal governments to understand the benefits and challenges of community gardens.

Farmers' Markets

Bulk Buying and Collective Purchasing

Community Kitchens

This presentation is based on the “Community Kitchen Best Practices Toolkit: A Guide for Community Organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador.” It is one in a series of best practices toolkits, which also cover community gardens, farmers’ markets, and bulk buying clubs.

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Food Pantry and Emergency Food Programs

Beyond the Emergency: How to Evolve Your Food Bank into a force for Change

Practical ways food banks can build on strengths and resources to look beyond emergency food provision, offer a range of services to meet more complex needs, and set their sights upon bigger picture issues.

Food Donation and Consumption Timetable

This chart from Second Harvest clarifies that food can be safely past a best before date and how to extend shelf life.

Food Pantry Best Practices: Scoring Guide

This assessment tool captures ways to provide assistance that puts clients’ needs first; and address, as best you can, the underlying causes of this need for assistance.

Evaluating Programs

Other Resources

Dismantling Racism in Community Food Work

Racism, as it intersects with class and gender, makes people food insecure. This paper (2004) aims to help community food security organizations understand how racism shapes the food system, and outlines the need for anti-racism theory and practice. Key questions at the end guide discussion of power and decision making in community food efforts.

Healthy Choices for Canteens

Recreation, sport, community and school canteens provide unique opportunities for children, youth and their families to choose healthy food and beverages. This guide has suggestions for grab-and-go items or kitchen prepared snacks and meals.

Food Safety at Community Events

Extra information and precautions for handling food for large groups and gatherings.

Planning Guide for "Food and Fun Camp" from Central Health

This manual has activities, recipes, and more to support a 5 day camp for children aged 8-10 years; participants learn about how to make healthy food choices, prepare/cook their own food, shopping, and food safety.

Inclusive Public Engagement Policy - Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

This resource provides guidance to ensure public engagement processes are accessible to and inclusive of everyone, including persons with disabilities. It is a resource for preparing, planning, and holding public or targeted engagement sessions that are barrier-free.

Public Engagement Guide

Guide - Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: A Practical Workbook for Community-Based Programs

This resource was made through a partnership between the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC). It was created to help communities plan strategies and actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in a population health context..

Toolkit from Meal Exchange to help understand a campus food system

Information and support for meetings with food service provider, administration or chefs; helps understand a campus food system and ways to work together.

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