Food insecurity is a serious concern in Canadian inner-cities. This is a challenge for grassroots social enterprises that must form partnerships to undertake food initiatives.
This study examines two Community Economic Development (CED) urban food initiatives. CHEP Good Food in Saskatoon provides a variety of food distribution programs for low income urban residents. Neechi Foods of Winnipeg is a worker cooperative retail store with an aboriginal mandate. Interviews and documents reveal that both organizations have been successful in forming partnerships to meet their responsibilities but in each case significant problems remain.