The Foundation's Sustainable Food Systems initiative aims at systemic change to increase local and regional sustainable food production capacity while ensuring that healthy food is accessible to all. The initiative is comprised of:
- A select number of national grants which work across the food system to deepen or disseminate work which has been successful at a more local level
- Three programs:
Institutional Food program:
supports the work of hospitals, long-term care facilities, universities, schools and other institutions that want to serve more healthy, local and sustainable food.
Regional Value Chain program:
supports organizations to assess their regional food systems and then develop and implement market-based interventions to address gaps identified.
Banking on Change program:
supports the transformational work of food banks across Canada by targeting food security at the community level, with a focus on the role of food banks in moving beyond emergency food aid.
- A number of strategic components to heighten the impact of the initiative including impact investing and capacity building, through learning engagements such as a Food Business Boot Camp and a partnership with Food Secure Canada
The Sustainable Food Systems initiative works in concert with other funders regionally, nationally and globally to help deepen the impact of sustainable food systems innovation. We are currently collaborating with several funder groups:
- The Canadian Food Funders Collaborative, which focuses on collective learning and developing opportunities for collaborative work and funding;
- The Global Alliance for the Future of Food, a coalition of foundations leveraging resources to help shift food and agriculture systems towards greater sustainability, security, and equity;
- The Northern Manitoba Food, Culture and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC), a collaborative group of northern community members, northern advisors, funders and other organizations working together to foster healthier and stronger communities in northern Manitoba;
- The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) group, which creates networking, educational, and collaboration opportunities for the philanthropic community working to support vibrant, healthy, and just food and farm systems.
Click on the images below to access some of the key resources produced with the support of the Sustainable Food Systems initiative.