Step 5 - Additional Information and Resources

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Here's a collection of resources organized by chapter of the Community Food Assessment Toolkit. Each section will include:

  • a case study related to each chapter
  • other toolkits that support the goals of each chapter. 
  • additional resources related to the ideas presented in each chapter 


Step 1: Learn about Community Food Security

Step 1 Case Study (PDF)

A. Related Toolkits

Alliance Building Roots Toolkit - Food Forward Advocacy Alliance
Bloomberg School of Public Health - Teaching the Food system resource
Guelph-Wellington - Food Charter Toolkit
Health Canada – Eat Well and Be Active Education Toolkit
Healthy Food for All Toolkit – Food Net Ontario
Healthy Food in Your Community: A Toolkit for Policy Change – Center for Science and Democracy
Healthy Rural Communities Toolkit: A Guide for Rural Municipalities – Public Health Ontario/University of Guelph
The Economics of Local Food Systems Toolkit – USDA

B. Additional Resources
Food Reports and Assessments

Household Food Security in Canada, 2014 – PROOF Food Insecurity Policy Research
The Research to Identify Policy Options to Reduce Food Insecurity (PROOF) produced a report on food insecurity in Canada (2013). The document provides useful statistics on the current status of food security across Canada
Hunger Count – Feed Nova Scotia
Annual hunger counts report, which provides information on the use of food banks throughout Canada.
Food Counts: Halifax Food Assessment – Capital Health and Halifax Food Policy Alliance
A report on the current food landscape in Halifax Regional Municipality; this document is the result of an in-depth analysis of the current food landscape in Halifax that provides information and statistics on the various indicators of food for the region.

Food Security

Food Security Review – Population and Public Health, BC Ministry of Health.
An informational tool that provides information on food security. The document provides background and information on food security, the health implications of food security, factors that influence food security, as well as national and international approaches to food security.

Alternative Food

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center: Urban Agriculture – United States Department of Agriculture
A collection of resources on urban agriculture.
Breakfast Programs – Halifax Regional School Board
An online resource for further information on breakfast programs in schools in HRM.
Community Farm Programs – Farm Folk City Folk
A collection of resources and considerations on community farming
Cooking up the Community: Nutrition Education in Emergency Food Programs – Why Hunger
A resource designed to provide information on improving charitable food programs and to ensure that communities have adequate access to nutrition education.
Improving Cooking and Food Preparation Skills: A Profile of Promising Practices in Canada and Beyond – Health Canada
An online report that profiles 13 successful Canadian programs that are aimed to improve cooking and food preparation skills in families.
Just Us!
An organization based in Nova Scotia that seeks to raise awareness of ethical
Making the Case for Healthier Food Donations in Brown County – Beyond Health
A document designed to help promote food drives and charitable food resources in your community.
Making the Business Case for Good Food Box Programs - Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
A background on food box programs, and then provides education tools on developing the program such as marketing, management and staff, training and education
Proof: Food Insecurity Policy Research
An online document that acts as a large collection of resources for community food security and charitable food resources
Nipen, A.
Profiles the available area for setting up Urban Agriculture in Halifax.
Urban Agriculture Policy, Planning, and Practice – City of Hamilton Report
A planning and informational document on urban agriculture. Topics such as benefits of urban agriculture, best practices, zoning considerations, etc.
Urban Farming and Gardening Resources - Beginning
A Collection of urban farming and gardening resources

Step 2: Gathering Information

Step 2- Case Study

A. Related Toolkits

Community-Based Participatory and Developmental Evaluation Approaches: An Introductory Toolkit
Community Planning Toolkit – Community Engagement
Designing survey questions on food-related issues toolkit – National Center for Social Research (UK)
Engaging your Community Toolkit – John Snow Inc.
Mapping Local Food Webs Toolkit – CPRE – Food system mapping, planning, community engagement, tools
USDA Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit
Where’s the Food – University of Ottawa and Just Food: Identifying Stakeholders Toolkit

B.Additional Resources

An organization that seeks to facilitate information exchange between food organizations and the community. It also operates an online tool where the user can search for organic food services and business and be linked to a list of relevant resources in their chosen area.

Mapping Food Matters - Ground Works Learning Center and Food Secure Canada
A resource that presents background information on the power of food mapping, the process of food mapping, case studies on food mapping, and considerations such as planning and policy considerations.
A website that is designed for food services and businesses where they are able to create a profile to promote products to their communities. Community members are able to use their search tool to find local food resources in nearby communities.

Buy Local Nova Scotia
An online food resource tool that allows local businesses and services to register their information, which is then placed in a database. Community members are able to select a number of criteria to be given a list of local businesses and services that match those criteria.

West End Food Coop
A website designed to disseminate information on food in the community. Presents upcoming events, information on retailers, and the location of food services and resources:

Example Food Maps

Campus Food Map - Wisconsin University  
Guelph Wellington Local Food Map
Local Food Asset Map – Food Security Alberta
South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network Map

Step 3: Analyzing Food Security in Your Community

Step 3 - Case Study

A. Related Toolkits
Assessing Community Needs and Resources – Community Tool Box
Community Food Systems Toolkit – University of Wisconsin-Extension
Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit
Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit – Wholesome Wave
Healthy School Toolkit – The Food Trust
Nutrition Services Questionnaire/Checklist
SWOT Analysis Questions to Consider – Government of British Columbia
The Good Food Toolkit – John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Where’s The Food - The University of Ottawa and Just Food

B. Additional Resources
Community Food Security – Positions of Dietitians in Canada
An information document on food security and the food system, touching on different issues of food insecurity.
SWOT Analysis - UW Food Services
A resource designed to help guide the process of performing a SWOT analysis

Land-Use and Zoning Resources:
Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-Laws – Halifax Regional Municipality
Halifax has a large number of community planning strategies and LUBs. This online tool allows navigation by Core Plan Areas and the communities within the region.

Step 4: Choosing Tools & Taking Action

Step 4 - Case Study

A. Related Toolkits
Alternative Food
Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit – FSNNL
School Year Gardens: A Toolkit for High Schools to Grow Food – Richmond Food Security

Community Engagement and Literacy
Food Literacy Toolkit – Food Fight
Knowledge Translation and Transfer Plan Toolkit (1) - OMAFRA and the University of Guelph
Knowledge Translation and Transfer Plan Toolkit (2) - OMAFRA and the University of Guelph

Food in Schools
Steps to Creating a School Nutrition Policy: A Step By Step Toolkit – Alberta Health Services
USDA Foods Toolkit for Child Nutrition Programs
Expanding Your School Breakfast Program Toolkit – USDA

Kitchen Programs
Community Kitchen Best Practice Toolkit – FSNNL

Farmer’s Markets and Local Food
Farmers’ Market Best Practice Toolkit – FSNNL
Growing a Healthy Economy with Local Foods Toolkit – NC State University
Healthy Food Systems: A Toolkit for Building Value Chains
Local Food Organizational Toolkit – Iowa State University

Policy and Planning
Bulk Buying Club Best Practice Toolkit – FSNNL
Event Planning Toolkit – Event Planning Toolkit
Food Security Communications Toolkit – FAO
Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Food Policy to Work In the Navajo Nation – Harvard Food Law Policy Clinic
Toolkit for Food Security – PVPC

B. Additional Resources
Richmond Foodland Asset Report – Richmond Food Security Society
An example of an assessment undertaken for a community looking at various facets of food in the community.

Toolkit, Guides, and More - New Brunswick Food Security Action Network
A large collection of toolkits and guides about food. These toolkits cover materials such as food skills, alternative and community food programs, healthy eating, program planning and delivery, food education and much more.

Planning/Policy and Advocating for Change Resources:
Community Food Toolkit, OMAFRA - University of Guelph
Case studies for different regions in Ontario that have taken actions to improve their food landscape. This is a powerful resource as it can help you identify goals and approaches to your own food system.

Institute for Food and Development Policy- Cutting through the Red Tape
A Resource Guide for Local Food Policy Practitioners & Organizers

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA)
An organization that reviews regulatory issues that impact the agriculture sector, lobby governments for changes to existing legislation, and develop and deliver services and programs to meet the needs of farmers. They operate a website that overviews their mission statement and their approaches to achieving these goals.

Nova Scotia Food Policy Council
An organization that operates as a non-partisan citizen group that works with communities, organizations, and governments to help develop policies and programs that ensure an equitable, healthy, and sustainable food system that meets the needs of all Nova Scotians.

Planning for Food Security in the Commonwealth – Commonwealth Foundation
A document providing a variety of food related issues

How other Cities/Regions are Enacting Food System Change
Fresh: Edmonton’s Food & Urban Agriculture Strategy - City of Edmonton

A food strategy document titled, which is designed to explore the current state of urban agriculture and local food in Edmonton. The report provides an overview of the food landscape in Edmonton, and then covers topics such as strategy building, public consultation and municipal goals, food system frameworks, strategic directions and recommendations, and finally enacting the strategies that have been outlined.

Recipes for Policy Change – A resource toolkit for promoting food security through policy change in Alberta
Alberta Food Matters produced a resource kit that provides an excellent selection of resources on food security, as well as details on different approaches and processes to help induce food policy change to promote food security and food sovereignty:

Planning your Approach and Defining Your Goals
Community Food Assessment Guide - Provincial Health Authority
The purpose of the document is to help with the initial steps of determining why a community food assessment could be a fruitful activity, and the important elements and processes to undertake a food assessment. The document also presents a suite of tools that can be used to ensure an effective and efficient approach to this process.

Whole Measures for Community Food Systems
A tool is a resource that has been developed to give organizations and communities a resource that helps them develop a process for defining and expressing their complex stories and determining desired outcomes?