Healthy food. Happy people.
For almost 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 a team of committed volunteers packing boxes of produce, every two weeks, and distributing them throughout the city. We call this the Good Food Box, and we’d be happy to provide one for you.
- 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 senior housing facility, community centre or inner-city church. We call these Seniors Stores and 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 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.
CHEP works with children, families and communities to improve access to good food and promote food security.
CHEP’s vision is for a food secure community.
This is defined as a situation both globally and locally in which:
- Everyone has assured access to adequate, appropriate and personally acceptable food in a way that promotes health, respect and dignity
- People are able to earn a living wage by growing, producing, processing, handling, retailing and serving food
- The quality of land, air, and water is maintained and enhanced for future generations
- Food is celebrated as central to community and cultural integrity.