Social Justice Drop in Club

The months of January through March have C.A.N. in the final quarter of our Housing Outreach Campaign Phase I. We are busy looking at the data,  planning the final forum and report, reaching out to landlords, and doing follow up meetings with people we talked to in communities around Lanark County.  This means we will not be having our regular weekly drop in meetings, as we wil be focusing on these more campaign oriented tasks

If you are interested in the drop in group, please phone Beth at 613-264-6428 x4 to find out what days meetings are scheduled.

The Social Justice Club, aka C.A.N. (Community Action Network) has meetings  Wednesday mornings from 10:00- 12:00 at the Table CFC. Participants meet to take action in their communities and to discuss current events, local issues and how to create the changes they want to make happen in their lives. Come for the meeting and stay to join us for lunch at noon. This club is geared to lower income community members and their allies in the struggle to erradicate poverty in our land of plenty and inequity.

The Table CFC - Social Justice

Social Justice Initiatives

This month's movie night will feature Just Eat It- A food waste story. In The Clean Bin Project, Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin attempted to produce zero waste in an examination of our throw-away society. As a followup, they turn their eye to food waste from farm to fridge. They vow to stop buying groceries and for six months to survive exclusively on discarded food. The myths behind corporate food production and marketing make for easy pickings as the directors dismantle best-before dates and show how our idea of "perfect produce" encourages us to discard perfectly edible and nutritious food—collateral damage in an age of food security headlines. Living off rescued goods their stockpile of found food demonstrates how the supply and demand chain is out of sync. It becomes immediately apparent this is a widespread problem with simple solutions. Unlike many environmental films that portray apocalyptic outcomes or make viewers feel helpless, Rustemeyer's and Baldwin's personal investment makes major sustainability issues comprehensible, solvable and delicious.Movie night is Wednesday November 12th at 6:30. Stop in for the Community Meal beforehand from 4:30 - 6:00.

Watch the trailer here:


Because there is an all candidates meeting happening during our regular dinner and a movie timeslot we have moved Dinner and a Movie to the 15th of October this month. We apologize for the switch up and we hope to see you out on the 15th!

The Table Community Food Centre is pleased to announce that the makers of the documentary, Seeds of Time, have provided us with a copy of the film so that we can share this amazing project with the community. Please join us on Wednesday, October 15th for Dinner and a Movie at 190 Gore St. East in Perth. Dinner runs from 4:30 to 6:00 and the film will begin at 6:30 pm.

About the Film:

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler's journey, and our own, is just beginning: From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, Fowler's passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

Cary Fowler is a man with a mission. A mission that is about securing the foundation of nothing less than earth's survival in the form of the world's smallest currency: seeds! The scientist and tireless idealist Fowler has set out to collect all existing grain types in an enormous 'cereal bank' on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean, before it's too late. And too late it soon may be. The earth is overpopulated, there are more and more mouths to feed, and we are beginning to feel the disastrous effects of climate change on our planet. In recent decades we have experienced periods of drought and severe floods, and together with these disasters we have lost important grain types, which means that they will be extinct within a few years. But nobody understands what devastating impact the extinction of these grain types would have on mankind. It is not just about the survival of this generation, but that of future generations. The good news is that someone has started to do something about it! 'Seeds of Time' is simple in its style, but the story of Fowler's struggle is both touching and inspiring.


For more information on this film  and to watch the trailer,please visit


Come on over to the Table on Saturday July 12th for FREE clothes and a FREE bicycle workshop!

The Community Action Network (C.A.N.) and the Peer Advocates have teamed up to bring another great FREE clothing swap to the Table. The swap is from 2- 4 inside the Table CFC. You do not need to bring clothes to take clothes- just come on out!

In the backyard of the Table CFC the Perth Bicycle Collective will be holding a FREE bicycle workshop from 2-5. This great group of people will be on hand to offer help and advice with basic bicycle maintenance.

The Community Action Network (the social justice club that meets at the Table CFC) have been working with the awesome folks at Transition Perth and other interested community members to help form the Perth Bicycle Collective. This group is offering free workshops throughout the summer. They recently held a kick-off free workshop at the farmers market where they assisted people with basic bike maintenance and repair. They also surveyed the crowd to get a better idea of people's cycling habits and what they see as barriers to cycling in town and beyond.

Piotr Pawlowski (right) shows Dawa Yeshi, age 9 (centre) how to tighten the brakes on his bicycle, as Dawa's grandfather Gerry Capelle (left) looks on.     

Are you interested in taking the Do the Math Challenge from May 5th - 9th to mark Hunger Awareness Week? If so, read on!

Step 1 Do the Math! Complete the online survey to estimate how much it would cost to live a safe, healthy, dignified life. You can find the survey at:

Step 2 For 5 days eat only what you can afford on $5/day, roughly the amount that an individual receiving Ontario Works has left after paying rent

Step 3 Share your experience. Keep a daily log of what you eat and join us at the Table Community Food Centre on Friday May 9th 2014 at 5:00 for a Community Meal and discussion.

As part of the Challenge you will be encouraged to obtain meals at The Table CFC or other organizations that provide free meals such as churches or at public events. You will not be permitted to obtain free meals from family or friends. You may make use of up to 5 standard pantry items such as oil, flour, salt, coffee throughout the 5 days. Please let us know which 5 items you choose to use from your pantry.

Please take a moment each day to record what you ate, what/how you are feeling, and anything else you would like to document. You are encouraged to share any concerns/feelings/ideas you are having throughout the week and I will post your comments on our Facebook page and website to update community members about how the challenge is going.

The CFC invites you to join us on Tuesday May 6th for a presentation by Nick Saul called From Charity to Solidarity, Making the Case for Good Food for All at Farrell Hall at 7:00 PM. Please reserve your free ticket at

If you have any questions throughout the week please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for accepting this challenge and helping to shed some light on the issues of hunger and poverty in our community.

Please provide answers to the following questions and don't forget to send in a picture we can use! If you plan to blog about your experiences please send along a link so we can all follow your progress. Send all info to

Preferred name:

Favourite food:

Guiltiest food pleasure:

Family size:

Amount spent per week on food:

Why the issue of hunger is important to you:


During the challenge please create a log to track the following:

What I ate today:

How I am feeling today (physically and mentally):

Thoughts on the day and the challenge:

Please be prepared to turn in your logs on Friday May 9thOR email your log to after each day and I will post them on social media. If your family is taking the challenge with you, please try and capture their thoughts and feelings as well.