Everybody Eats:
20+ partners working toward a vibrant food system

This project is convening key players from the public, private, and community sectors to work together and create a more vibrant food system, in which people and place flourish.

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At the start of this project in 2015, we knew there was no single policy, solution, or organization capable of building a more vibrant food system in Newfoundland & Labrador.

We knew the most effective way to create actionable change would be to convene key players from the public, private, and community sectors – from farmers and fishers to policy makers and consumers, to poverty reduction workers and dietitians – so we may all work together to create a more food secure Newfoundland & Labrador.

The resulting project, Everybody Eats, is now three years in the running and has earned national recognition.

In the summer of 2017 – after two years of research and public engagement – a Leadership Team, consisting of representatives from 12 agencies and organizations, was formed to guide the work of Everybody Eats.

In November of 2017, a Provincial Planning Forum on Food Security was hosted, and brought together over 85 stakeholders from across the province and sectors. Its purpose was to shift the project from engagement to action. Through a series of interactive exercises, attendees reflected on findings from the 2-year, Everybody Eats engagement process.

In January of 2018, the Leadership Team used feedback from the Forum to select the first three Action Groups for this project. They were chosen on the basis of urgency, potential for impact, and their viability to create better access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food.



Project Summary from Its Origins in 2015
to Launching Its Action Groups in 2018

The work leading up to the formation of this project’s 3 action groups in 2018 entailed over 2 dozen events that convened 900+ leaders from the public, private, and community sectors in over 2,200 hours of conversation on how to build a more vibrant food system in our province. These efforts culminated in a provincial planning forum on food security in November of 2017.


Everybody Eats Action Group on
The Cost of Food & Household Food Insecurity

Throughout the engagement work of this project, it was clear how many people in our province struggle to access healthy food. This Action Group was formed to improve economic access to healthy food in Newfoundland & Labrador. As a first course of action, this group has produced a draft report on The Affordability of Healthy Eating in NL.


Everybody Eats Action Group on
Community Food Self-Sufficiency

This group will work with policy makers and community programs to improve access to wild and locally grown food for residents of Newfoundland & Labrador. The Group is currently conducting a thorough review of policies that negatively and positively impact Community Food Self-Sufficiency in NL.


Everybody Eats Action Group on
local Food Promotion

If local consumers spent more money on local food, the people making this food – local farmers, chefs, fishermen, etc – would have more revenue to hire more staff and invest more money in the growth of their operations. A greater variety and stability of local food producers would help build a more vibrant industry in our province. therefore, this action group will strive to increase the consumption of locally produced food.