What is a Community Food Initiative?
Community Food Initiatives (CFIs) are projects that improve the availability, affordability and accessibility of healthy food for low income groups at local level using a community development approach.
What types of Community Food Initiatives are there?
- Community Cafes
- Food Co-operatives
- Community Farmers Markets
- Community Food Growing Projects
- Breakfast Clubs and After School Clubs in the Community
- Healthy School Clubs and Community Centres
- Nutrition Education and Training (Cook It! Programme, Healthy Food Made Easy etc.)
What is the Added Value of Community Food Initiatives?
- stimulate community action
- prioritise local issues
- address the needs of low-income households
- increase awareness/knowledge of food issues
- influenced by food safety and dietary guidelines
- support local suppliers/producers
- highlight inequalities
- contribute to the health and well-being of people in the local area
How can I find Community Food Initiatives in my area?
Check out our CFI Directory to find out the different CFIs currently operating in your area.
How can I set up a Community Food Initiative?
Please contact Georgina at +353 (0)86 152 6569 or email email@example.com for advice on setting up a CFI. See also Healthy Food for All's Good Practice Guide for Community Food Initiatives.