After decades of front line, emergency food distribution, food banks are increasingly taking a critical look at their work. As chronic and persistent food insecurity continues to increase, many food banks are now looking to different, longer-term strategies which better focus on serving the long-term health, social justice and resilience of the individuals and communities they serve.
To better understand the landscape of this work, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank contracted Urban Food Strategies to convene other food banks undertaking similar shifts in an exploratory research project. The report, ‘Social Innovation in Food Banks: An Environmental Scan of Social Innovation in Canadian and US Food Banks’includes candid interviews with 18 food organizations from across North America on their work, and presents a continuum of socially innovative practices in the sector.
We hope this report will help to continue to grow the food bank community of practice by supporting knowledge sharing and collective action.
This report will be the subject of a panel at Food Secure Canada’s ‘Resetting the Table’ conference in Toronto, ON, from October 13th – 16th, 2016.
To access the report, please click here