Call for Food Community Solutions.

FCN-RCN is excited to announce our newest project:

Food Community Solutions:
Sharing Resilient Food Stories Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast

Calling all food actors to share your experiences, knowledge and expertise within a developing story about one of your projects that builds food resilience across your community:

Capturing lessons learned, successes and challenges within an ongoing database to search

What kind of stories?
Stories of all shapes and sizes and formats.

  • How do you address food insecurity and food resilience in your community?
  • What challenges have you faced along the way?
  • What advice would you give to other food communities/groups interested in doing something similar?


The goal of the project

Our goal is to build a database of projects that strengthen food resilience in communities across Indigeous Territories/Canada.

Encouraging communities and projects of all shapes and sizes to participate, from

  • large cities
  • small cities, towns
  • rural and remote areas
  • francophone communities
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) communities
  • other awesome yet often underrepresented/marginalized communities


Stories should capture:

  • Specific projects, not your group or community as a whole.
  • Practical lessons that others can learn from to adapt in another community context


Who gets to read these stories?

  • Stories will be published in the language that they were produced.
  • Stories will be shared with FCN-RCN members.
  • A summary report of the stories and lessons learned will be made available to FCN-RCN members and the general public.


Developing a story will require several steps including:

  • Preparation time: Reviewing documents/history related to the project
  • Meeting with your partners so you can provide a holistic representation of the project from different perspectives
  • Putting the story together: Finalizing a written and/or visual story that helps communities learn about the specifics so that they can adapt to their context.

Stories are welcome in various forms, including but not limited to written case studies, photo essays, digital media or illustrations. A guideline/template will be offered to assist.

Available stipends
Developing your story will take up resources.
FCN-RCN can provide support from Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security to 76 communities in developing their stories by providing stipends of $ 1,000 each.

**If your community can write/create/share the story within existing resources you have, or already have put together the story/case study, etc., please email info@fcn-rcn.ca, so that it can be added into the database for other communities.

Student Support
Additional student support will be provided to members to develop case studies about their projects, within the resources of academic partners.

  • Each group will be paired with a student research assistant.
  • Student support can be provided in either French and English.
  • The student will interview two to three members of your organization to capture the project in a holistic manner.
  • Interviews will be done via an online communications platform and will last between 1 and 1.5 hours.
  • The student will review any relevant documents that can provide valuable data and insight.
  • Based on the interviews and document analysis, students will draft the story, and submit back to you for final edits.
  • Please indicate your interest in working with a student in the form below.

I am interested. What do I do next?

If you are interested in sharing your stories, please take a few minutes to fill out a short form HERE.

Please complete the form by Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to indicate your interest.

From there, 76 community stories will be chosen to receive $ 1000 stipends to offset costs of sharing the story, in support of other communities learning from it.

We created a Word Doc version of the form in case you would like to look at the questions beforehand.

For Food Policy Groups in particular who are interested in adding in a social network analysis at this time to your work please click here for more info.

Food Communities Network   |   Réseau Communautés nourricières   |   2021