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Regional Food Security Groups in NL

Burin Peninsula Environmental Reform Committee

Provides communities on the Burin Peninsula with education and information about local environmental issues.

Food Education Action St. John's (FEASt)

FEASt takes action on healthy, sustainable, local food issues in the St. John's region, through creating and linking regional food-related projects, public education, informing policy, and promoting urban food growing and sharing.

Western Environment Centre (WEC)

A charitable, non-profit, non-governmental environmental education organization which runs both a farmers' market and a community garden in Corner Brook.

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International Food Security Organizations

La Via Campesina

An international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers that promotes a model of peasant or family-farm agriculture based on sustainable production with local resources and in harmony with local culture and traditions.

Slow Food International

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

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National Food Security Organizations

Food Secure Canada

Food Secure Canada (FSC) is a Canadian organization which works to unite people and organizations working for food security across Canada and globally.

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Provincial Food Security Organizations

BC Food Systems Network

The BC Food Systems Network was formed in September, 1999, to link people all over the province involved in community-level action related to food.


A not for profit society based in Vancouver that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Their projects provide access to & protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.

Food Matters Manitoba

Food Matters Manitoba engages Manitobans towards healthy, fair, sustainable food for all!

Food Secure Saskatchewan

A coalition of individuals and groups working toward, or interested in, achieving food security for all Saskatchewan citizens by way of a healthy and sustainable food system.

FoodNet Ontario

FoodNet Ontario is a province-wide network of organizations and individuals working together to create sustainable local food systems and achieve (community) food security in communities across Ontario.

Growing Food Security in Alberta

Engages Albertans in strategies to ensure secure access to adequate amounts of safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate food for everyone, produced in an environmentally sustainable way and provided in a manner that promotes human dignity.

Indigenous Food Systems Network

Created for the purpose of increasing awareness of the underlying issues, concerns and strategies impacting food security in Indigenous communities.

N.B. Food Security Action Network

Working towards a vision that all New Brunswickers have access to food that is healthy, local, and sustainably produced and harvested.

Nova Scotia Food Security Network

A network of individuals and organizations working to build food security in Nova Scotia.

PEI Food Security Network

An education and action organization committed to achieving food security in Prince Edward Island.

Sustain Ontario

Sustain Ontario is a province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that promotes healthy food and farming.

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Municipal Food Security Organizations

Food Share Toronto

FoodShare Toronto is Canada's largest community food security organization, recognized as an important innovator of effective programs that have been reproduced all across Canada.

Toronto Food Policy Council

The Toronto Food Policy Council partners with business and community groups to develop policies and programs promoting food security. Their aim is a food system that fosters equitable food access, nutrition, community development and environmental health.

Vancouver Food Policy Council (VFPC)

An advisory group to Vancouver City Council comprised of passionate people from various sectors of the local food system with the primary goal of examining how our local food system operates and providing ideas and policy recommendations to Vancouver City Council on how it can be improved.

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Agriculture and Farming

ACORN: Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network

ACORN is a non-profit organization that promotes organic agriculture in Atlantic Canada.

ACORN: Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network - Newfoundland & Labrador

ACORN-NL is a sustainable, not-for-profit organization which promotes and encourages a viable organic agricultural industry throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Provides information, research and technology, and policies and programs to achieve an environmentally sustainable, competitive, and innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector.

City Farmer: Urban Agriculture News

City Farmer teaches people how to grow food in the city, compost their waste and take care of their home landscape in an environmentally responsible way.

Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust

Works with farmers in Delta and Richmond, British Columbia, to meet the needs of both farming and wildlife.

Government of Newfoundland & Labrador - Agrifoods

Responsible for promoting the continued development, expansion and diversification of competitive and sustainable primary and value-added agriculture and agrifoods businesses.

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture

An organization which represents farmers and farmer groups in the province.

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Fisheries and Aquaculture

Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW/CAW)

Represents 20,000 working women and men throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, most of whom are employed in the fishing industry.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

DFO is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs in support of Canada's scientific, ecological, social and economic interests in oceans and fresh waters.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador - Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Fosters the development of the province's fishing and aquaculture industries.

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Food Banks

Community Food Sharing Association (NL)

The central collection and distribution point for over 56 member agencies throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada.

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Food Charters in Canada

Greater Sudbury Food Charter

A Food charter adopted by the City of Greater Sudbury and the Sudbury & District Board of Health in 2004.

Manitoba Food Charter

The Manitoba Food Charter set out to identify what Manitobans believe their food system should look like. Through more than 70 public consultations, the Manitoba Food Charter Document was drafted. The Charter is a vision of how things should be and a goal to work towards.

Prince Albert Food Charter

A food charter of the citizens of the city of Prince Albert.

Saskatoon Food Charter

A plan to develop and promote food security in Saskatoon, SK.

Toronto Food Charter

A food charter for the City of Toronto.

Vancouver Food Charter

Adopted in 2007 by the Vancouver Mayor and Council.

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Health and Wellness

Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition

A multi-sectoral, science-based organization on food and nutrition policy and information.

Dietitians of Canada

The national professional association for dietitians, representing almost 6000 members at the local, provincial and national levels.

Go Healthy, Department of Health and Community Services

Information on health and wellness for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL)

Since 2001 The HEAL Network has been working with communities as they plant seeds of health in Northern British Columbia.

NL Regional Wellness Coalitions

There are six Coalitions that operate within regions covering the four health authorities across the province. The Coalitions provide opportunities for people to become involved in community action around the issues that affect their health by providing leadership, coordination and support for local wellness initiatives.

Nova Scotia Nutrition Council

The Nova Scotia Nutrition Council is a volunteer organization whose membership consists of professionals, community members and students interested in nutrition, health promotion and community capacity building.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

PHAC's primary goal is to strengthen Canada's capacity to protect and improve the health of Canadians and to help reduce pressures on the health-care system.

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Hunger and Social Justice

Campaign 2000

Works to increase public awareness of the levels and consequences of child/family poverty by publishing research on the indicators of child poverty and developing public education resources.

Canada Without Poverty

A federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.

Canadian Council on Social Development

Develops and promotes progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality and the empowerment of individuals and communities.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank - A Christian Response to Hunger

Ending Hunger by supporting partnerships and activities overseas, influencing necessary changes in public policies, and deepening the involvement of Canadians.

Council of Canadians

Works to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16th in honour of the date of the founding of the FAO.

Mazon Canada

MAZON Canada is the national Jewish Response to Hunger. MAZON Canada raises funds primarily from within the Jewish community and distributes those funds, on a non-denominational basis, to Canadian organizations battling hunger on the front lines.

National Hunger Awareness Day

A growing movement to raise awareness about the solvable problem of hunger in Canada. Food banks across the country host events on Hunger Awareness Day to tell the story of the work they do and the stories of the hungry Canadians who use food banks.

Oxfam Canada

Oxfam Canada works with over 100 partner organizations in developing countries; tackling the root causes of poverty and inequity and helping people to create self-reliant and sustainable communities.


PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada.

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

The WFP is the United Nations frontline agency mandated to combat global hunger, which afflicts one out of every seven people on earth.

USC Canada

USC Canada's primary goal is to build food and livelihood security in small-holder farming communities within the global South.

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School Food Programs

Kids Eat Smart

Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador is a charitable organization that supports the education, health, and well-being of school children throughout Newfoundland and Labrador through support of quality nutrition programs.

Living Healthy - Healthy Students Healthy Schools

Contains information about new and ongoing programs focusing on healthy eating, active living, and living smoke-free, as well as resources and links to information and education tools for students, teachers, parents and community partners.

School Milk Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

A non-profit organization established in 1991 with a mandate to "increase the consumption of milk amongst school aged children throughout Newfoundland and Labrador".

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Newfoundland & Labrador Links

Community Sector Council Newfoundland & Labrador (CSC)

An incorporated charitable organization dedicated to advancing the distinct role of the community sector. CSC fosters volunteerism, social innovation, collaboration, community/social enterprise and knowledge building.


Elliston, Newfoundland & Labrador: Root Cellar Capital of the World.

Newfoundland & Labrador Environment Network (NLEN)

A non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of our province's natural heritage. The NLEN publishes an excellent weekly newsletter.

Slow Food St. John's

Thoughtful food on the Rock.

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