About the Community Food Mentor Program
Food is a part of everyone’s life; it connects us all. However, issues involving food and food security are becoming increasingly complex. Today we are faced with many food choices, conflicting information about diet and health, limited time for meal preparation and questions about how and where our food is grown. Some face additional challenges such as living on low income, limited transportation, limited kitchen facilities or limited food knowledge and preparation skills.
Community Food Mentors (CFMs) are a province-wide network of certified individuals who share their skills in food and nutrition within their own communities. The goals of this program are to build partnerships and community capacity to increase food security in New Brunswick by addressing these challenges.
The Goal of the Community Food Mentor Program is to develop a network of dedicated food mentors in New Brunswick communities through a shared learning experience that will increase the exchange of information on food skills, healthy eating practices and local food sourcing in the province.
“In late September, along with 11 other women, I began a program to become a Community Food Mentor. We learned about food safety, food security and healthy eating. These ladies had different backgrounds, ages and careers but all had a common goal: To improve the nutrition of those around them. There were a number of teachers and people working with children to improve school food. Several of us work at churches and were looking to improve the quality of food we serve to our community. The most important thing I’m taking away from this program is a sense of community and the relationships with people I wouldn’t normally have met. Thanks so much to Tanya James, Lori Heron and Natalia Baker, Horizon Health Network Public Health Dietitians, for this wonderful opportunity and awesome program.” -Charlotte Ferris
Community Food Mentor Programs in New Brunswick:
- Acadian Peninsula
- Charlotte County
- Elsipogtog First Nation
- Fredericton *New Class: Starting October 19*
- Minto and Chipman
- Rogersville and Acadieville
- Saint John
Community Food Mentor Resources
- Would your community like to run a Community Food Mentor Program? For more information, please read the CFM toolkit below and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Join the NB Community Food Mentor Facebook Group. Post questions and share your ideas, photos, and events!
- Check out the most significant change report on the Community Food Mentors program. You can find the Report below:
- Click here for more helpful resources, including the Mapleton Teaching Kitchen resources.
Community Food Mentor Facilitator Toolkit
- Section 1: Overview of the Community Food Mentor Program
- Section 2: Topic tools
- TOPIC 1: Introduction to the Community Food Mentor program
- TOPIC 2: Food Security in New Brunswick
- TOPIC 3: Basic Food Skills
- TOPIC 4: Food Safety
- TOPIC 5: Healthy Eating
- TOPIC 6: Reading Food Labels
- TOPIC 7: Eating Well For Less
- TOPIC 8: Group Facilitation and Program Planning
- TOPIC 9: Community Food Actions
- Section 3: Effective Facilitation
- APPENDIX A: Introductions and Icebreakers (PDF)
- APPENDIX B: Web of Support (PDF)
- APPENDIX C: Identify Your Learning Style Quiz (PDF)
- APPENDIX D: Mini Practice Presentation (PDF)
- APPENDIX E: My Personal Food Action Plan (DOC)
- APPENDIX F: World Café (PDF)
- APPENDIX G: What next (PDF)
- APPENDIX H: Participant consent form (WORD)
- APPENDIX I: Evaluation for CFM coordinators (WORD)
- APPENDIX J: Participant pre-questionnaire (WORD)
- APPENDIX K: Community Food Mentor Post-Program Evaluation (WORD)
- APPENDIX L: Mental Fitness (PDF)
- APPENDIX M: Name Tag Template (WORD)
- APPENDIX N: Contact List Template (WORD)
- APPENDIX O: Registration Form Template (WORD)
- APPENDIX P: Certificate Template (WORD)
- APPENDIX Q: Logo (WORD)
- APPENDIX R: Facilitator Checklist (WORD)