Healthy food. Happy people.

For Over 30 years, we’ve been promoting – and providing – healthy food options to Saskatoon residents.

But CHEP is more than simply good food. CHEP is choice.

  • CHEP is women – many of them mothers – pooling resources, sharing a kitchen and learning to cook together. We call these Collective Kitchens.
  • CHEP is a fresh food market set up inside a school community centre or inner-city church. We call these Community Markets.
  • Every school day, CHEP is healthy lunches for school kids who would otherwise go hungry.
  • In spring, CHEP is your community garden where neighbours come together to grow food and share gardening knowledge.
  • CHEP is cooking workshops where newcomers and community members come together in sharing cuisines from around the world and close to home.
  • CHEP is a garden day camp whiere children learn about food, nature, and community through enjoyable hands-on gardening, cooking, and natural experiences.
  • CHEP is also a unique urban farm – called the askîy project – where youth gain work experience, learn business practices and build networks.

Most importantly, CHEP is the right to make a choice.

Education, accessibility and cost are three key barriers to being able to choose healthy food. CHEP addresses each of these in a respectful, integrated way. And we do so because we believe healthy food makes happy people.

Our Mission

CHEP works with children, families and communities to improve access to good food and promote food security.


OUR guiding principles

Relationship to the Land

Many of the impacts of food insecurity, disconnection from cultural food and foodways, and resulting health inequities are tied to settler colonial and colonial policies that have shaped access to land and resources.

The Right to Food

CHEP affirms that all people have the right to affordable, nutritious, and culturally safe food and foodways. We operate with the understanding that inequitable access to food and systems of food production has disproportionately impacted historically disadvantaged communities.

mutual respect

CHEP values the diverse, unique lived experience of its staff, volunteers, and the community it serves. We ensure programs take place in a safe environment and aims to foster dignity and respect.

education and advocacy

Through partnerships and programming, CHEP strives to enhance public awareness and understanding of the root causes and impacts of food insecurity, and address these impacts in a meaningful, sustainable manner.