Governance Model

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 Centre

The 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 Team

Provides 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 Committee

Oversees 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 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 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 Committee

The 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 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

Lakeside Hope House

North End Harvest Market

Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group

Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group

Salvation Army

Shelldale Family Gateway

St Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph

Wyndham House


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.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

Career Focus

Centre Wellington Community Foundation

City of Guelph Wellbeing Fund

Community Food Centres Canada

County of Wellington


FCC Agrispirit

Greenbelt Local Food Investment Fund

Guelph Community Foundation

Innovation Guelph

Job Creation Partnership

Johansen Larson Foundation

Kindle Communications

Local Health Integrated Network


Maple Leaf

New Horizons for Seniors Program

OTF Capital Stream

OTF Local Poverty Reduction Fund

OTF Seed Stream

Union Gas

United Way

Walmart Foundation