Supporting food security and healthy eating in Dartmouth North

Dartmouth North Community Food Centre receives multi-year funding from Medavie.

March 1, 2019

Dartmouth, NS – Dartmouth Family Centre is receiving a $120,000 grant over three years to support food security and the development of food skills at its Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. Cultivating Change 2.0 builds on previous food skills programming with a focus on gardening and cooking in providing participants with the skills and knowledge to grow and prepare their own food, leading to reduced risk factors for type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions. This funding brings Medavie’s support of the Centre to $160,000.

Through our Foundation, Medavie supports community-based programs aligned with child and youth mental health, post-traumatic stress, and type 2 diabetes. Since late 2011, Medavie Health Foundation has committed over $13 million to single and multi-year grant and partnership programs.

Quick Facts

  • · Some 84% of program participants reported eating more fruits and vegetables, with 86% making improvements to their diets or eating habits.
  • · Canadians in food insecure households are double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those in food secure households.1
  • · Over the last decade, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Canada has increased by 72%, with 11 million Canadians currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This number is expected to rise to 13.9 million (33% of Canadians) by 2026.1

“As a not-for-profit health solutions partner, Medavie is committed to improving the wellbeing of Canadians. Through investments in programs and innovative solutions, we help people live well and enable easier access to quality health care in our communities. Prevention and early intervention initiatives aimed at reducing risk factors for type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions aligns with our Foundation’s belief that all Canadians should have access to the tools and supports they need to live their best lives.”

– Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie

“More than two-thirds of Community Food Centre participants have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition. Medavie's multi-year funding will allow us to target programming to some of the highest priority populations and work with the provincial government to identify strategies that work."

– Wendy Fraser, Executive Director, Dartmouth Family Centre

Associated Links

Dartmouth Family Centre

1 The Association between food insecurity and incident type 2 diabetes in Canada: A population-based cohort study

About the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre creates opportunities for community members of all ages to come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. It is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre and is one of 10 Community Food Centres across Canada.


Our Mission is to Improve the Wellbeing of Canadians.

Medavie is a health company that oversees Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services. Together, we’re bringing Canadians better health and access to care.