WINCHESTER – It’s a good food (and news) story.

Community Food Share, with outlets in Winchester, Morrisburg, Crysler and Finch, has joined Community Food Centres Canada’s Good Food Organizations program.

This helps the area charity to showcase its commitment to offering impactful community food programs based in principles of health, empowerment and respect.

With more than 130 other Good Food Organizations and eight Community Food Centres throughout Canada, all are working toward a healthy and fair food system.

Launched in 2014, the Good Food Organizations program offers access to tools and resources, customized training, attendance at an annual conference, and chances to network and promote shared priorities.

By working together through a set of shared principles, the initiative connects Community Food Share to like-minded and progressive organizations across the country that are using food to tackle problems of poor health, inequality, hunger, and poverty.

“Over the past couple of years, Communtiy Food Share has started to evolve from the traditional food bank model to one that is broadening and redefining how we deliver food programs,” administrator Ian McKelvie said. “By joining [this organization], we hope to take further action to improve access to healthy food, help develop food skills, and to inspire our community to believe in the value of good food.”

Another notable member of the collective is All Things Food, which first launched from Mountain’s House of Lazarus a few years ago and is today connected to the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area.

“The Good Food Organizations program provides support and inspiration to organizations across the country – community health centres, food banks, community markets, and many others – that are doing important grassroots food work,” Kathryn Scharf, COO for Community Food Centres Canada, said. “We have seen how when community food programs focus on healthy food in a dignified setting that offers meaningful opportunities for engagement, there can be a profoundly positive impact on people’s health and overall well-being. We want to amplify these outcomes to build a national case for an investment in healthy food for all.”