Young volunteers help prepare food at the Nelson Community Food Centre. Photo: Submitted

Young volunteers help prepare food at the Nelson Community Food Centre. Photo: Submitted

Nelson Community Food Centre launches new strategic plan

The food centre has set out a map for the next five years

Submitted by Nelson Community Food Centre

The Nelson Community Food Centre (NCFC) team is happy to announce the launch of their strategic plan for 2022-2026, Good Food for All.

In Good Food for All, the NCFC team has set some exciting and lofty goals for the next five years, all of which are anchored by the organization’s mission to create opportunities for people facing adversity to share, connect and advocate around good food.

To achieve these goals, the Nelson CFC team has articulated the following four strategic objectives:

• Increase our ability to serve those in our community who we are not already reaching,

• Strengthen our community by building relationships,

• Increase organizational resilience, and

• Strengthen leadership and provide inspiration on critical issues.

The plan is the result of deep-level conversations and explorations with NCFC board and staff where exciting ideas and directions were explored and articulated. It includes input from many program participants and volunteers, who also contributed their key input.

Good Food for All builds on the success of the organization’s previous strategic plan (2015-2020). Within the 2015-2020 years, NCFC improved their physical space with the first two phases of their renovation project and increased food access in Nelson and the surrounding area with the creation of the boulevard garden in front of the centre.

Another major accomplishment from the past strategic plan was the evolution from the Nelson Food Cupboard into the Nelson Community Food Centre. As a centre, the NCFC has grown from a basic food bank to a full-fledged food centre with Good Food Bank, Food Skills, Harvest Rescue and Garden programs. This wide array of programming allows the NCFC to better serve program participants and provides them with new skills and a sense of belonging — all with dignity. Partnership with the Community Food Centres Canada network also links the organization to 13 like-minded organizations across the country.

Thanks go to Community Food Centres Canada and Columbia Basin Trust’s Non-Profit Advisor program for their support in helping make the strategic plan happen. The Nelson CFC looks forward to working with the Nelson and area community in meeting this new set of goals.

To download an e-version of the new plan and experience the document in full, visit nelsoncfc.ca and look for Our Strategic Plan under the About section. If you’d prefer a paper copy, please call 250-354-1633. They would be happy to send one to you by mail.