Community Food Programs


Greenhouse allows us to produce seeds and seedlings to use in our gardens or distribute to the community. Also lengthens growing season.


Garden allows us to grow a variety of produce to support our food bank and kitchen programs. Community uses raised beds to grow their own food and support us with food donations and seeds.


Food waste from DBFB, kitchen scraps and garden feed the compost to create nutrient soil that is in turn returned to the garden and greenhouse to grow seedlings and produce.


The kitchen program collects produce from garden to teach community how to cook and share recipes. Produce from the garden and collected from DBFB provide food and fresh produce for food bank clients. Food from garden and DBFB to be used to create hot meals for distribution to clients.


Our collaborative indoor vertical farm, a result of our impactful partnership with Humber College, utilizes diverse growing methods such as soil-based, hydroponics, and aquaponics, strengthening, food security through innovative integrated farming ecosystems.

CICS sustainable food model is moving forward in its development and over the last year has revealed multiple forward-thinking ways to break the cycle of poverty, all of which is scalable and valuable to similar organizations. The most poignant successes we have seen has been through our program development where community members are able to build their individual and community capacity instilling a sense of ownership and belonging.

200 Households Served per week
10,000 Hampers distributed per year
Supplies over 1,700 pounds of produce to the food bank

CICS Community Food Programs uses the power of food to facilitate social connection and strengthen community. As a year-round field-to-table program, it includes gardening, outdoor and environmental stewardship activities in the Spring/Summer and healthy eating, nutrition education, community meals and cultural activities in the Fall/Winter, providing an intercultural space to bring people together and make connections through food. CICS has been growing our community garden since 2011 and operating our commercial-grade community kitchen since 2013.

The Sustainable and Accessible for Empowering Communities (S.A.F.E.) Project

S.A.F.E. Communities Project encompasses our Food Bank, Community Garden & Greenhouse, and Community Kitchen programs. The project focuses on empowering the communities by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment and supporting a community food system.

Core Themes

  • Food Security
  • Social Equity
  • Break Social Isolation
  • Fight against Systemic Racism


  • Double the capacity of food produced
  • Breakdown issues of inequity
  • Provide high quality seeds and land to grow food
  • Bring different racialized communities together to share their culture, experiences, foods and recipes
  • Provide an accessible space for collaboration
  • Eat, Love, Laugh and Grow together

Community Food Program Services

All are welcome! Come join us to celebrate the power and goodness of food!

Funders (2022-2023):

Food Donors (2022-2023):

Community Members
Community Members
St. Timothy's Anglican Church

Financial Donors & Sponsors (2022-2023):

Board Members
Board Members
Community Members
Community Members

Partners (2022-2023):

St. Timothy's Anglican Church
Urban Farmers
Urban Farmers
Seedy Saturday