Community Food Initiatives
The aim of the Community Food Initiative (CFI) programme is to positively influence the eating habits of families with children in low-income communities.
The community initiatives support the development of skills and knowledge around:
- Food and healthy eating
- Healthier shopping
- Cooking skills
To date, 44 community initiatives have received funding and are part of a programme of support and shared learning. The CFIs are administered at a local level by SECAD Partnership CLG. Learnings from previous programmes are shared among the newer projects to promote sustainability of the project.
The aim of the Community Food Initiative (CFI) programme is to positively influence the eating habits of families with children in low-income communities. The current programme (2022 to 2024) is funding 13 community initiatives.
Community Food Initiatiatives 2022 - 2024
The ARC Healthy Living Centre, Fermanagh
ARC Healthy Living Centre’s principal focus will be on those who are experiencing health inequalities in the Sallyswood area and southern Fermanagh, helping them gain skills in healthy eating, cooking, food safety, healthy shopping, meal planning and food waste.
Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership, Dublin
Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership will address food and health inequalities in the Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard area in Dublin using a range of events and projects with a focus on improving awareness of healthy eating, cooking on a budget and food safety.
Ballyhoura Development, Co Cork / Limerick
Ballyhoura Development will work closely with the community to develop awareness and knowledge of healthy eating in the community with a focus on improving cooking and meal planning skills and preventing food waste.
County Armagh Community Development (CACD), Co Armagh
CACD will engage with families with children aged under 12 and provide access to healthy eating programmes and community events in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Newry, Mourne and Down council areas.
Carlow County Development Partnership, Co Carlow
Carlow County Development Partnership will develop an attitudinal change towards health, nutrition, and wellbeing to empower individuals of the Tullow Road and New Oak estates in Carlow to make better health choices.
Empower will help families in the Fingal area of North Dublin to improve their nutritional knowledge and cooking skills, and to show people that healthy eating on a budget is possible.
Galway City Partnership (GCP), Co Galway
GCP aim to empower families with children aged 12 and under in low income and disadvantaged areas of Galway City to develop skills and knowledge that positively influence eating habits and basic food skills.
County Kildare Leader Partnership CLG, Co Kildare
County Kildare Leader Partnership CLG aims to enable those affected by food poverty and those most at risk in the local communities of County of Kildare to gain new skills around the preparation of food for the family and to have an opportunity to try new things at no cost to their family.
New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Partnership, Co Antrim
New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Partnership aim to highlight the importance of good nutrition on emotional health & wellbeing and to explore some of the issues facing families within North Belfast as they try to feed their children on limited incomes.
Offaly Local Development Company, Co Offaly
Offaly Local Development Company aim to promote and influence positive eating habits within socially marginalised groups within County Offaly through raising awareness on healthy foods and hosting educational workshops on meal planning, cooking skills and budgeting.
Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre, Co Derry
Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre will ensure those living in the Creggan and Triax area will have access to support to increase community awareness around healthy eating, cooking classes, educations on budgeting and improved access to safe and healthy food.
Sligo LEADER Partnership CLG, Sligo
Sligo LEADER Partnership CLG will enable families in Co. Sligo to build a healthy eating relationship and to create a happy atmosphere for healthy eating throughout the programme duration and beyond, facilitating families to build good habits.
South Kerry Development Partnership CLG, Co Kerry
South Kerry Development Partnership CLG will deliver projects that promote healthy eating habits and support participants to act as mentors within their own communities.
- CFI Evaluation 2019-2021
- Community Food Initiatives: Healthy Food, Healthy Families 2019-2021
- CFI Evaluation 2016-2018 – summary report
- CFI 2016-2018: Healthy Food, Healthy Families. Examples and best practice
- CFI Evaluation 2013–2015
- CFI Evaluation 2013–2015 – summary report
- CFI Evaluation 2010-2012
- CFI Evaluation 2010-2012 – summary report