Related/Past Projects

Related/Past Projects

Consortium & Anti Food-Monopoly Campaign

The Purpose of the Consortium & Anti Food-Monopoly Campaign was to create a reform to Concordia’s institutional food system by:

  • creating partnerships with recognized local community food service providers who share our values/vision of a better food system and have been in operation for over a year and therefore qualify as bidders for Concordia’s next Request For Proposal (RFP) in 2014-2015
  • facilitating a bid on the next RFP comprised of a consortium of local community food service providers by providing information on events at Concordia, guidance on understanding student needs, assistance in navigating Concordia’s bureaucracy, and assistance in submitting a competitive bid reflective of the CFC’s vision for a better food system
  • actively opposing the corporate monopoly on institutional food service provision through a mobilization campaign to be launched at the end of fall 2014/ winter 2015, to coincide with Concordia’s next Request For Proposal (RFP) in 2014-2015
  • actively encouraging the university to make a socially, environmentally, and economically responsible choice in selecting future food service providers through pressure from the student body
  • completely replacing the current institutional food system with one that values people and sustainability (in its multiple facets) over profit
  • creating decent jobs for students, fostering fair and dignified labour conditions, and ensuring job security for workers (not administrators) previously employed by Chartwells
  • collaborating with our community food service provider partners to fosterer spaces, of experiential learning, skill-sharing, and capacity-building for CFC members and the student body as a whole
  • carving out space for more student-run food service operations in future contracts (or in later years of this contract) such as the Hive Cafe Solidarity Cooperative that showcase the viability of a cooperative economic model and that encourage democratic participation of students in their food system
  • creating opportunities for economies of scale by having consortium partners and student-run food providers unite in creating an ethical and sustainable supply chain sourced from local and/or organic small-scale farmers near and around Montreal.

This grassroots mobilization campaign created the pressure necessary for our university administration to understand that another contract following the status quo would not suffice this time around.

Although the CFC was ultimately unsuccessful in facilitating a student/community take-over of the food provider, we have not lost hope. Over the next 5 years, the CFC will continue to grow the counterinstitutional food system, and build momentum towards radical change in the way Concordia feeds its community.

 

 

 

 

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Hive Cafe Solidarity Cooperative

The Hive Cafe aims to empower students by using a student-lead, non-profit, cooperative model all the while helping to inspire and cultivate an alternative food system at Concordia that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

Located both at the heart of Concordia University’s Loyola campus and Downtown campus, the Hive Café’s mission is to provide healthy, varied, affordable, organic, and locally produced food options, while highlighting sustainable practices, employing dignified working conditions for suppliers and worker-members alike, nurturing a community-run space, and fostering an alternative food system to the one currently dominated by corporate institutional providers.The Hive Café Solidarity Cooperative adopted a non-profit cooperative economic model due to our shared desire for fostering a healthier and more sustainable food system, their passion for community-building, and our strong commitment to values.

The CFC, in collaboration with the CSU, played an essential role in the Hive opening in two locations with the governance model it opened with. The CFC holds a support member seat on the Board of Directors of the Hive Cafe Co-op.

 


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The Cooperative de Solidarité les Brasseurs Illuminés (a.k.a. Brasseurs illuminés) is a brewing cooperative that initiated as a Concordia Food Coalition project but is now becoming their own autonomous cooperative!

The purpose of this project is to provide a source of sustainable high quality locally produced beer, while educating the student population in all aspects of its production and consumption. The Brasseurs Illuminés Co-operative is structured as a solidarity co-op, with any profits being reinvested into the project and eventually the creation of other projects that advance Concordia’s level of food sovereignty. With many students spending money on beer produced by multinational conglomerates, it believes that offering a local sustainable alternative at a lower price point will allow us to gain a portion of this market, keeping the funds on campus for reinvestment into the community.

The CFC now holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the Cooperative de Solidarité les Brasseurs Illuminés as the organizational support member.