Our goal was to provide one million meals to Canadians in need.

Dillon launched The Million Meals Campaign in January 2021 to help combat food insecurity across Canada. Our goal is to provide the equivalent of one million meals throughout the communities where we live and work. As of March 2022, we met this goal. Together, we've helped over 250 organizations across the country.

In addition to providing one million meals, we also hoped to help solve some of the problems associated with the root causes of food insecurity and in doing so, contribute to a transformation of the system for generations. To this end, 2021 pro bono consulting applications were evaluated on several factors, including feasibility, impact, geographical diversity and the ability to address the root causes of food insecurity.

We invite you to explore our 2021/22 Million Meal Campaign projects. We will continue the Million Meals Campaign into 2023.

The Million Meals Campaign offers pro-bono consulting services to selected partner organizations. Our focus is on supporting not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations and communities.

Dillon Consulting Limited presents: "Greenhouse Gases and Food" - a webinar

I know greenhouse gases (GHGs) come out of the tailpipe when I drive, but I work in food security and I am concerned about:

  • Where do food organizations emit GHGs? 
  • How can we measure our emissions? 
  • How can we mitigate our emissions?

The Dillon team answered these questions and more in a March 2022 webinar that taught the basics of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting: “Greenhouse Gases and Food”. The purpose of the webinar was to help food security organizations gain an understanding of GHG inventories, identify mitigation methods, and learn how to set targets to reduce emissions. 

The recorded webinar can be viewed below. 

Everdale Learning Centre – Good Food Forest

Everdale is a farm-based registered charity that provides hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities.

Everdale asked for Dillon’s help in designing a “Good Food Forest”—which is a new component of their ongoing Good Food Project. The objective of the Good Food Forest project is to design and provide a conceptual layout for a food forest/permaculture orchard that will be approximately 10 acres in size, and located on existing vacant areas of the Everdale property. The design will be focused on eventually producing 250,000 lbs of fresh, sustainable produce annually for Everdale’s agency partners (Seed and East Wellington Community Services). It will also act as a carbon sink, support other food growing activities at the farm, and serve as an educational resource for students, schools, new farmers, and others who see the value of locally produced food. 

To assist with this project, Dillon will provide landscape architecture, planning, hydrogeology, and water resources professionals.

View of a farmView of the interior of a greenhouse

Project Status

In progress. We have completed the base plan and are now working with the client on the schematic design.

Building Bridges Erie Shores - Food System Overview

The Bridge is a youth resource centre located in Leamington, Ontario. A grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation currently funds the purchases required for The Bridge’s nightly hot meal and nutritional programs. 

Dillon has been asked to help The Bridge better understand opportunities that may be available locally to support their food security efforts so that the organization has sustainability for the long term.

Project Status

In Progress. Dillon has met with The Bridge to clarify the project scope and timeline.

Hope House - Kitchen Design Support

Hope House is a community support centre located in Guelph, Ontario that provides a variety of programs and services. The goal of Hope House is to empower its patrons toward greater independence while also providing food and other support.

Hope House requested Dillon’s assistance in upgrading its existing servery into an educational kitchen. Specifically, Dillon was asked to complete a structural engineering review of an interior wall that Hope House wished to remove. A number of programs are planned for the educational kitchen, with a take-away breakfast program already slated to begin when the renovations are complete. That program alone is expected to generate a minimum of 120 meals per week.

general arrangement of proposed work for creating a kitchen

Project Status

Completed. Based on the anticipated 10-year timeframe until a major renovation is needed, the kitchen upgrades at Hope House are anticipated to generate at least 61,200 meals. Dillon will be following up with Hope House when more information is available about enrollment in the additional programs planned for the space, including a cooking class and a meal kit preparation program for new immigrants.

Testimonials

"Dillon provided clear guidance on what was required to allow us to make the necessary modifications to the kitchen area, the changes will make a huge difference in our capacity and efficiency in the kitchen." - Jaya James, Executive Director

"Working with Hope House on this project was a very rewarding experience. Jaya and Mark were great to work with, and it felt good to provide pro bono services to such a deserving organization. Hope House not only offers meals to community members, but also helps build skills with events such as cooking and art classes, and tax clinics. The kitchen upgrades Dillon was involved in will create a space for cooking classes that provide tangible skills as well as meals for patrons. I am proud to have helped support such important work addressing food insecurity and its root causes." - Greg Hayes, Dillon Project Manager for this Cornerstone project.

The Round Table Co-op - Food Hub Feasibility Study and Food System Assessment

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The Round Table Co-operative/La Table Ronde Ltd.
is a bilingual community economic development (CED) project management and consulting agency based in Miramichi, New Brunswick. A social purpose organization (SPO), it works specifically to engage diverse groups of people and deliver high levels of social, environmental, and cultural impact.

The Round Table Co-operative is seeking to create New Brunswick’s first official food hub. To support this initiative, the Dillon team was asked to conduct community engagement sessions and develop an interactive mapping tool (ArcGIS web map and a Story Map) to better understand community food assets. This will serve as a critical first step in understanding and informing the broader feasibility of a food hub in the province of New Brunswick. 

Round Table Collective Comprehensive Map

Project Status

This project was completed on March 1, 2022.

Testimonials

"When we became aware of Dillon's Million Meals Campaign, it was the desire to make a strategic impact on the roots of food insecurity in Canadian communities that aligned with our goals and caught our real interest. We were impressed with their expertise and professionalism, to be sure, but it was authenticity of the team's enthusiasm and excitement and for our project that will remain with us, along with the encouragement to continue and build on what we started. 
 
It is nothing short of an honour to have been selected as a charter Cornerstone Project with the Dillon Million Meals Campaign.  The end product, a cutting edge virtual community food asset/story map is a a dream; to contribute in any real way to a global Zero Hunger initiative of this nature is inspiring.  To to collaborate with a knowledgeable, enthusiastic team of humane problem-solvers such as this is the real gift.  We look only forward to building our projects and relationship with Dillon as we move forward."
- Terri, Cheryl and Stéphanie, Founding Members, The Round Table Ronde Co-op

"It is very evident from this collaboration that The Round Table Cooperative (alongside Roots to Table) is leading the way in supporting food sovereignty in the Miramichi region. The passion of Terri and her team for food security in the region is second to none. It was a pleasure working with The Round Table and rewarding to develop online tools to support food security efforts and future initiatives for the region - including a food hub. As a resident of the Miramichi area, I am grateful to the Million Meals Campaign as it has provided me with the opportunity to contribute to food security efforts in my own backyard!" 
- Emily Davis, Dillon Project Manager for this Cornerstone project.

In the news

Outflow Farm - Engineering Support

Outflow Ministry Inc. is a faith-based charity that helps people in Saint John who live in poverty by addressing unemployment, hunger, homelessness, and medical costs.

Outflow is currently developing the “Outflow Farm” on a piece of land that they own in Kars Parish, Kings County, NB, which was donated to them in 2012. The Farm will include cabins, ponds, vegetable gardens, hiking trails, and gathering space. A big component of the vision for the farm is to provide a place where members of the Catapult Training and Employment program can put their training and skills to use, as well as provide a work/retreat space for people in need who would likely not have the opportunity otherwise.

Dillon has provided support with site engineering and design for their overall site layout, septic system, cabin plans, as well as a structural assessment for an old barn that is in desperate need of repair. Dillon is also designing an accessibility ramp for Outflow’s main shelter in Saint John, NB. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the community and surrounding areas who have helped with this project and donated some of their time and/or materials and resources; including, but not limited to: 

  • Hall Bros. Enterprises Ltd. - Equipment provideSarcon Construction Ltd.  - Septic installation, access road construction, debris/garbage removal
  • Alantra Leasing Inc. - Trailer donation for mobile cabin
  • E.R. Steeves Ltd. - Well installation
  • Heritage Window & Door Inc. - Window and door provider
  • Jake Of All Trades (John Urquhart) - Certified ICF builder
  • Andrew Killiam - Building movers/raisers
  • Gable Enterprises Ltd. - ICF Provider
  • Loch Lomond Home Hardware Building Center - Building material provider
  • Brian Hook - Building Inspector
  • Tim Brown - Septic Inspector
birds eye view of the outflow property with the pond centered, and the house and barn in the background.

Project Status

In progress. Three tiny homes/cabins were designed by the Dillon team, two of which are currently under construction. A new central septic system designed by Dillon will now receive septic waste from the existing house, as well as the waste from three cabins once completed and in place. We are currently working on an accessibility ramp for their main shelter in Saint John.

Food First Foundation – School Breakfast Program Toolkit

Food First is a registered charity in Yellowknife whose mission is to support food and nutrition education programs in schools with the goal of encouraging a healthy population of children and youth for future generations.

Food First requested Dillon’s help in developing an NWT-specific toolkit for its school partners to assist in delivering in-school breakfast programs. The toolkit was designed to help school breakfast program coordinators with meal preparation, food safety, nutrition, and incorporating local and country foods where feasible. 

Dillon worked with Food First Foundation to provide support with: 

  • Reviewing existing information and literature relating to the toolkit 

  • Designing engagement tools to gather feedback from people currently working with breakfast programs

  • Summarizing and analyzing information from the engagement to inform the design of the toolkit

  • Creating, revising, finalizing, and circulating the toolkit.

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Project Status

This project was completed on March 1, 2022.

Testimonials

"We are so happy our project was chosen for the Million Meals Campaign. This toolkit was something schools had been asking for, and Dillon made it a reality. Working with Dustin and his team at Dillon was great - they were so helpful with pulling everything together and guiding the process. We are certain this toolkit will help busy NWT schools run their breakfast programs more efficiently. Thank you Dillon!” - Tess Ondrack, Food First Foundation Coordinator

"It was a pleasure working with Tess and the Food First Foundation. The Food First Foundation is dedicated to improving food security and nutrition for students throughout the NWT. It was rewarding to work on a toolkit that will make it a bit easier for schools to provide healthy and tasty breakfasts for their students." - Dustin Martin, Dillon Project Manager for this Cornerstone project.

Food Rescue Yellowknife – Structure Feasibility Study

Food Rescue Yellowknife is a non-profit organization that receives safe, nutritious and usable food from local grocers which would otherwise be discarded, and distributes it to non-profit organizations, schools and daycares throughout the city.

The Food Rescue currently operates out of canvas tents that are over 10 years old. Their heating costs are high, as the tents are not insulated. They need to decide whether to move to a permanent site and building, or to remain where they are and invest in new canvas tents. They want to make the facility greener, and think that funding may be available to help accomplish this. 

To assist Food Rescue Yellowknife, Dillon is conducting a Feasibility Study (temporary vs. permanent structure) and exploring opportunities to help: 

  1. identify grants 

  2. develop a strategy to rejuvenate the organization 

  3. assist with developing SOPs, policies, management model, governing practices and food contamination.

Project Status

We are currently working with the client on preparing the design options of facilities.

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Local Initiatives

In addition to the pro-bono consulting work associated with The Million Meals Campaign, each Dillon office also supports a number of local food security initiatives through a combination of volunteer hours and direct cash and food donations.

UN Global Compact

The Million Meals Campaign supports our commitment to the United Nations Global Compact. Specifically, the Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-2).

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