The L.E.A.F. Initiative is a Commonwell program to support capacity, resiliency and growth in the communities we call home.

Community Capacity Building for Food Security in Innisfil

2101 Innisfil Beach Road InnisfilL9S 1A1

Target Completion Date: December 31, 2023

What is this project about?

Since 2021, the Town of Innisfil has been working to address food security for our residents through the Troy Scott Community Fridge project and accessible community programming that enables residents to learn about and access nutritious food. The community has told us food insecurity has increased and we want to build community capacity to collaboratively develop a sustainable plan to address it.

To do this, we will bring local stakeholders (i.e., residents with expertise and lived experience, community organizations, and businesses) together in a one-day food security forum to work towards the shared goal of advancing and sustaining existing food security initiatives in our community. Participants will share their stories and knowledge to increase awareness of existing food security work in our community. We will engage participants in a roundtable activity to identify action-oriented opportunities to improve community food security. These actions will help shape a community learning series. This work will be driven by the community for the community: a neighbours helping neighbours initiative.

We will use the momentum from the forum to create the Innisfil Food Coalition, a group committed to collaboratively tackling community food insecurity. The Coalition will advance objectives identified during the forum and coordinate the community learning series.