Background Information on the Community Food Mentor Program

CFM logoThe Community Food Mentor Program was inspired by the success of Ontario’s Community Food Advisor (CFA) Program developed in 1992 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Health.

In 2007, the Colchester East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou County Health Authority in Nova Scotia adapted the Ontario CFA program and developed the Community Food Mentor Project. The Nova Scotia program is delivered by Public Health Nutritionists and Dietitians.

In 2010, United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern NB partnered with the Mapleton Teaching Kitchen to redesign the Community Food Mentor (CFM) Program to reflect a Southeast New Brunswick context. Sparked by the “Bringing Food Home” 2010 NB Food Security Action Network (NBFSAN) gathering, a CFM coordinator was hired and in 2011 four pilot Community Food Mentor programs were delivered in both rural and urban settings: Kent County, Albert County and Westmorland County (Moncton).

In 2012, partners established a CFM Provincial Advisory Committee to support the expansion of the program, the Community Food Mentors and their actions. The Community Food Mentor Program is being delivered in French, English and First Nations communities around the province. Community Food Mentor programs and their resulting Community Food Actions are being supported by the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities, The Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, Public Health, and other regional and local community organizations.