Our Mission

Our Mission

The Concordia Food Coalition (CFC) is concerned about the economic, ecological, and social implications of the food system at Concordia University. The CFC brings together students, faculty and staff to promote and facilitate a transition to a more sustainable food system in collaboration with organizations at Concordia and beyond.
The CFC envisions a community food system at Concordia University that is:

  1. outside of the pursuit of private financial profit;
  2. constituted and grounded in inclusivity & cooperation (not hierarchy & competition);
  3. structured in a way that innovates on successful alternative models;
  4. committed to being affordable, nutritious, and sensitive to cultural needs;
  5. approaches food sovereignty/security from a critical perspective;
  6. built to apply and integrate research in urban farming techniques, and other parts of the food-cycle

Aim

The aim is to foster a community-centered food system that will begin at Concordia University, but that will be built with expansion in mind.

  • Building our own understanding of the food systems at local, national, and global levels
  • Connecting campus organizations and community members around food issues
  • Convening students, faculty, and staff for dialogue and discussion around healthy food
  • Undertaking research and action projects for campus-based student-run food production and processing
    Creating student-run social economy food providers on campus
  • Providing quality nourishment through the practices that are sustainable, i.e., the process and outcome of achieving social justice, economic equality and environmental health by reducing our ecological footprint (as defined by Sustainable Concordia)
  • Creating and promoting alternatives to the profit-driven system of food production, processing and distribution by developing local food systems that follows the social economy model based on giving, sharing, and reciprocal exchange
  • Creating community spaces where passion for creativity and inventiveness would flourish
    Democratize local food systems by bringing decision-making capacity from global/corporate to local/community
  • Offering education with respect to health, food nutrition, food production and procurement, food preparation, experiential learning and research, management of food vending space, and food politics.