Our work and strategy is guided by many voices.
Here is an overview of our multi-layered governance model and the roles that individuals and organizations play.
Guelph Community Health Centre
The SEED is a project of the Guelph CHC. The Guelph CHC provides 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, Director oversight, IT, volunteer support, funding (in-kind and other), and HR.
Made up of five to seven community members (including at least two people with lived experience of food insecurity) and two SEED staff members. Provides continuous insight and advisory input, and helps to plan the community consultations below.
Community Action Groups
Community 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 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 have lived experience of poverty and/or food insecurity.
Open-house Community Events
Every 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
- Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
- Hope House
- Ignatius Jesuit Centre
- North End Harvest Market
- Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group
- Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group
- Salvation Army
- Shelldale Family Gateway
- Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Access Centre
Our work is funded by a combination of grants, private donations, and revenue from social enterprises. Every dollar makes a difference. We are so grateful to the following organizations for supporting our work to reduce food insecurity in Guelph.
- Canada Summer Jobs Program
- Centre Wellington Community Foundation
- City of Guelph Our Food Future
- City of Guelph Wellbeing Fund
- Community Food Centres Canada
- County of Wellington
- FCC Agrispirit
- Greenbelt Local Food Investment Fund
- Guelph Community Foundation
- Innovation Guelph
- Kindle Communications
- Local Health Integrated Network
- Maple Leaf
- MAZON Canada
- New Horizons for Seniors Program
- OTF Capital Stream
- OTF Seed Stream
- The Co-operators Community Funds
- The Sprott Foundation
- United Way
- Wood Development Group