Community Food Advisors

GUELPH COMMUNITY FOOD ADVISORS

Community Food Advisors are volunteers who have received an extensive training program. Their special training qualifies CFAs to provide reliable information on safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage to community groups of all ages.

The Guelph Community Food Advisors are dynamic volunteers who love to promote healthy eating and food safety as part of a healthy lifestyle. Some of our volunteers have served as CFAs for over 20 years!

* Are you looking for a guest speaker for your community group?

* What can Community Food Advisors offer your community group?

* Is it free?

* How do I get more information about the Community Food Advisor Program?

Are you looking for a guest speaker for your community group?

Community Food Advisors are trained volunteers available to share their love of food and their knowledge about healthy eating and food safety with your community group.

What can Community Food Advisors offer your community group?

Food demonstrations, presentations, displays and other services are available to community groups of all ages and types. Some examples of exciting topics offered are:

* Quick, healthy lunches and snack ideas

* Exotic fruits and vegetables

* Healthy eating on a budget

* Cooking with kids

* Proper hand washing procedures

* Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide

* Cooking for one or two

* Health eating for healthy aging

* And much more!

Is it free?

The services of Community Food Advisors are free. You may, however, be asked to pay for food, supplies or parking needed for your request.

How do I get more information about the Community Food Advisor program?

Email us at cfadvisors@guelphchc.ca

COMMUNITY FOOD ADVISOR PROGRAM

History

The Community Food Advisor Program was developed in 1991 by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and co-funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health. The goal of the program was to give consumers better access to reliable food and nutrition information.

Through the provincial program, local organizations were able to apply for funding to train and support CFA groups in their communities. Guelph was one of the original pilot sites for the CFA program, and Guelph CFAs have been serving the community since 1993! Over 20 communities in Ontario have participated in the CFA program, in just about every county and region in the province. Volunteers are recruited, trained and supported by local agencies, such as public health units, community health centres and volunteer centres.

In 2014, there were over 210 Community Food Advisors in 14 areas of Ontario. The Community Food Advisor program reached 25,260 people throughout Ontario, in both rural and urban areas.

Although the CFA program no longer receives provincial funding, many local agencies continue to run CFA programs because of the value they provide to the community. In 2016 the Guelph CFA Program joined with the Guelph Community Health Centre (GCHC). This model broadens the scope of services that GCHC offers, and extends its reach further into the community with important nutrition and food safety education.

Downtown Workshops
176 Wyndham St. N.
10:30am – 1:00pm

January 13 Leftovers to Lunch
February 10 Iron Boosters
March 9 High Fibre Cooking
April 13 Gluten-free Cooking

Shelldale
20 Shelldale Cres.
5:00—7:30pm

January 27 Soups, Soups, Soups
February 24 Healthy Baking
March 23 All About Legumes
April 27 Breakfast Foods
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