Farm to Cafeteria

An emerging national network that promotes, supports, links farm to cafeteria programs, policy and practice from coast to coast to coast


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About the project Edit

What is a Farm to Cafeteria Program?

Farm to Cafeteria programs connect farm to fork bringing local, nutritious and sustainably produced foods into public agencies – places where we learn, work, are healed and play.

Farm to School, Farm to University, and Farm to Hospital are all Farm to Cafeteria programs (differentiated primarily by their settings).

These programs are an essential component of strong, resilient, and sustainable, regional food systems – systems that contribute to the health of people, place, and the planet.

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All Farm to Cafeteria programs share a common goal …

“To increase access to fresh, locally and sustainably grown, nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate foods in public agencies”.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

And all aspire to a common set of objectives…

• To close the distance between the farm and the tray.
• To support the production, processing and delivery of local foods for public agencies
using sustainable practices.
• To increase the amount of local foods purchased by public agencies.
• To increase the consumption of local foods within public agencies.
• To improve knowledge about local foods, the local food system, and healthy eating
• To improve skills in the areas of food production, preservation, purchasing and serving as well
as the disposal of food wastes.
• To contribute to the health of the environment.
• To adopt supportive food policy.

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Goals and Objectives

Farm to Cafeteria Canada is guided by goals that describe what we do to carry out our mission and achieve our vision.

Each of the goals is supported by objectives that are specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. We have identified short-, medium- and long-term objectives.

Note: These goals and objectives are informed by the objectives in the F2CC Terms of Reference document as well as objectives and strategies in the US Farm to School, Food CORPS’s & School Food Focus and Equiterre’s strategic plan (as well as other sources).

Goal 1: Build awareness about Farm to Cafeteria and support existing organizations in their Farm to Cafeteria knowledge, skills and awareness-building work

Goal 2: Support the building of infrastructure and provision of equipment to facilitate Farm to Cafeteria programs in Canada

Short-term objectives:

Goal 3: Develop policies, conduct research and advocate to strengthen relationships between farm, health, education, and municipal sectors and make it easier for public agencies to purchase and serve local foods.

Goal 4: Develop a strong Farm to Cafeteria network by engaging network members and partners

Goal 5: Continually improve the organizational capacity and sustainability of Farm to Cafeteria Canada

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Farm to Cafeteria Canada is managed and administered by the Public Health Association of British Columbia and is guided by a 14 member Advisory committee comprised of regional leads from diverse sectors and settings across Canada:

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Public Health Association of British Columbia, Alberta Public Health Services, Growing Food Security in Alberta, Child Hunger Education Program, Food Matters Manitoba, Sustain Ontario, the Canadian Coalition for Green health Care, the Sierra Youth Coalition, the Meal Exchange, Équiterre, the University of New Brunswick, The Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador and many other organizations and individuals have contributed resources (cash and in kind) to grow Farm to Cafeteria Canada.

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