The SEED’s work and long-term strategy is guided by many voices. Below is a overview of our multi-layered governance model and the roles that individuals and organizations play.
Guelph Community Health CentreThe SEED is a project of the Guelph CHC. The Guelph CHC provides a comprehensive suite of organizational services and supports including: board oversight, legal structure (not-for-profit corporation), policies and procedures, financial and accounting, office and meeting space, administrative support, staff (Director) oversight, IT, volunteer support, funding (in-kind and other), and HR.
Advisory TeamProvides continuous insight and advisory input, and helps to plan the Community Consultant Events below. The Advisory Team is made up of five to seven community members (including at least two community peers) and two SEED staff members.
Evaluation CommitteeOversees and guides all of The SEED’s efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of our work and to improve our methods to achieve better outcomes. The Evaluation Committee is made up of up to four community members with professional expertise in evaluation and one SEED staff member.
Community Action GroupsCommunity Action Groups are one-off “think tanks” that are convened whenever the SEED is grappling with a specific opportunity, challenge, or issue that requires input and direction. Up to nine community members with expertise and lived experience in the topic at hand will be invited to a CAG event. At least two of the people selected to participate in a CAG will be community peers.
Volunteer CommitteeThe Volunteer Committee provides guidance to The SEED’s volunteer program. The committee is made up of 3-6 lead volunteers and The SEED’s volunteer coordinator.
Open-house Community EventsEvery year The SEED hosts open-house community events. The purpose of these events is to invite community members to celebrate the work done by The SEED and our community members and partners, and to receive feedback and input that will help guide The SEED’s future activities.
The SEED’s work is collaborative and we are always open to new partnerships. We are grateful to be working with the following amazing organizations. Without them, we would not be able to do what we do.
Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group
Chalmers Community Service Centre
City of Guelph
County of Wellington
Food & Friends
Grange Hill East Neighbourhood Group
Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition
Guelph Student Food Bank
Lakeside Hope House
North End Harvest Market
Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group
Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group
Shelldale Family Gateway
St Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph
Our work is funded by a combination of grants, private donations, and revenue from our social enterprise programs such as our Good Food Distribution, Community Food Markets and Guelph Youth Farm. Please become a donor if you are able to. Every dollar makes a difference. We are so grateful to the following organizations for supporting our work to reduce food insecurity in Guelph.
City of Guelph Wellbeing Fund
Community Food Centres Canada
County of Wellington
Greenbelt Local Food Investment Fund
Guelph Community Foundation
Job Creation Partnership
Local Health Integrated Network
New Horizons for Seniors Program
OTF Capital Stream
OTF Local Poverty Reduction Fund
OTF Seed Stream