This February has been a tough time for Canadians, food costs are rising, families are facing holiday bills and the flood of food bank donations from the holidays have ended. Hunger affects 1 in 6 Canadian children on a daily basis and there’s no reason this should happen in a country as amazing as Canada.That’s why we’re really excited to help promote the Feed It Forward campaign.
Maple Leaf wants to help recognize amazing people and the things they do. Not only is Maple Leaf giving 10,000 families across Canada $100 of free groceries, totalling nearly $100,000 in free groceries across the country, but also it has launched a contest to help Canadians #FeedItForward and give back to the volunteers who make a difference.
We love the spirit of this contest.
How to Feed it Forward
Nominate someone who is feeding your community today on this entry form. Maple Leaf is looking for great Canadians who go above-and-beyond to use good food to better the lives of others. It could be through a school nutrition program, food education or lending support to the less fortunate. The winner receive a $10,000 donation towards their organization.
The entry form is easy to complete, simply share in 250 words or less the story of someone in your community who is using food to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Just for nominating you could win free Maple Leaf groceries for a year.
Want to nominate yourself so you can pass the funds the funds onto a deserving organization? That’s possible too!
Whether you win or not this is a really great time of the year to give to your favourite food cause. Sure they gets lots of donations over the holidays but people need access to healthy food all year round.
We have a lot of friends who either work in food, are food bloggers or just love to eat so I reached out on Facebook to ask them what their favourite Canadian food organizations were. This list is by no means complete, in fact we’d love your help adding to it. If you see I’ve missed out on a great one, please let us know in the comments below and I’ll update this list.
Action Against Hunger Canada
An international humanitarian organization that fights hunger and its root causes worldwide.
Aims to encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurial, ecological farmers.
Farm to Cafeteria Canada
Works with partners across Canada to educate, build capacity, strengthen partnerships, and influence policy to bring local, healthy, and sustainable foods into all public institutions.
Food Secure Canada
A pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-locking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.
An urban farming providing fresh food to the Calgary Food Bank.
Farm Folk City Folk
Works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Its projects provide access to and protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.
Advocate for oceans that are managed for the common good, according to science-based policies that consider ecosystems in their entirety.
The Mustard Seed
Fighting hunger and restoring faith to hurting souls in Greater Victoria.
Food Depot Alimentaire
Services more than 20 food banks, community kitchens and agencies in southeastern New Brunswick.
NB Community Harvest Gardens
Provides inclusive space for all citizens to garden together within the City of Fredericton.
Fishing for Success
Dedicated to living, sharing, and celebrating the traditional fishing knowledge and culture that sustained generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
Northern Farm Training Institute
An experiential farm training school based in Hay River, Northwest Territories with the aim of empowering northerners to grow their own.
Yellowknife Food Charter
Focused on food security in Yellowknife, it promotes a just and sustainable food system for all Yellowknifers.
For information on organic agriculture, eating organics, and connecting all the parts together.
Ecology Action Centre
Involved in the integrated resource management of Nova Scotia’s unprotected lands covering 1.2 million hectares.
Supports nourishment and food literacy programs in school communities
The Qayuqtuvik Society
Dedicated to ensuring that everyone in Iqaluit who needs a hot meal can have one, every day of the year.
A farm-based organization that provides hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities.
Food for Life
The largest food recovery program in Halton Region bringing fresh and nutritious food to those in need.
Working to improve access to affordable and healthy food from field to table.
Offers food growing and environmental education programs in 4 inner-city schools and 2 park sites.
Affordable commercial kitchen and culinary incubator designed to give aspiring entrepreneurs a boost in the industry as well as a collaborative space in which to launch their business and learn from each other.
Not Far from the Tree
A Toronto-based fruit picking project inspired by 3 things: the spirit of sharing, the desire to give back to our community, and a passion for environmentally sustainable living.
Stratford Chef’s School
Private non-profit educational institution using an apprenticeship training model.
A province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that promotes healthy food and farming.
The Stop Community Food Centre
The Stop helps people meet emergency food needs with dignified, respectful services, all centered around healthy food.
Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative
A group dedicated to learning about bees and beekeeping, as well as to caring for our shared hives throughout the city.
Toronto Community Garden Network
Committed to greening and sustainable gardening practices across the City of Toronto, and to make community gardening an integral part of city life.
Prince Edward Island
Upper Room Hospitality Ministry
PEI’s central food bank, serving families in need.
Helps build a social movement by encouraging individuals, organizations and governments to make ecological and equitable choices, in a spirit of solidarity.
Cousin of Meals on Wheels – a community food hub that brings people together through various programs, activities and services.
CHEF Good Food
Works with children, families and communities to improve access to good food and promote food security.
Northern Healthy Communities Partnership
A group of organizations (public, private and non-for profit) who choose to work together to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities throughout Northern Saskatchewan.