For Immediate Release
October 6, 2014
Community Food Centres Canada launches
Inaugural Restaurants for Change Fundraising Initiative
-- October 22nd event raises awareness of critical need for a healthy and equitable food system –
Toronto, ON. Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) www.cfccanada.ca is kicking off the launch of its inaugural event, Restaurants for Change/Des Restos pour Demain, inviting Canadians to eat to donate to a great cause. The bilingual, national fundraising campaign with the tag line -- 1 Night, 9 Cities, 25 Restaurants, 1 Goal -- will generate awareness among Canadians about the critical need of a healthy and equitable food system in our country. On October 22nd, twenty-five like-minded restaurants in nine cities will join together in donating the proceeds from one dinner service to CFCC. Funds raised will support CFCC and local Community Food Centres and partners to offer programs that build food access, food skills, and education and engagement around food, while striving to create social change on critical issues facing low-income communities. The initiative is led by Nick Saul, president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada and event Chair, James Chatto, one of Canada’s best-known food writers.
“We believe healthy food can be a transformative force in low-income communities,” said Mr. Saul. “We feel lucky to be able to work with such an amazing group of chefs who share that belief and want to help us spread the word even farther. With Canada’s support, we hope to grow Restaurants for Change in future years to involve even more cities and restaurants in order to be able to support even more programs that reduce hunger, build physical and mental health and reduce social isolation.”
Primary ingredients for change
Several of Canada’s most celebrated and innovative chefs and restaurants have already pledged their support. Participating restaurants include Vij’s and Hawksworth in Vancouver; Charcut, Notable and Rouge in Calgary; Deer + Almond and Diversity Food Pop-up (at Elements Restaurant) in Winnipeg; Foster's Inn in Stratford; Bar Buca, Buca, Buca Yorkville, Edulis, Jacob’s Steakhouse, Richmond Station, Ruby Watchco, The Drake 150, The Saint Tavern and THR+Co in Toronto; Atelier and Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar in Ottawa; The Masonry in Perth; Garde Manger, Le Bremner and Nora Gray in Montreal; and Chives Canadian Bistro in Halifax. Patrons can make reservations for the October 22 dinner event directly with each restaurant.
“We've been bowled over by the support chefs and restaurants have shown in the first year of this initiative,” said Mr. Chatto. “This year's partners are part of a growing cohort who wants to play a role to in advocating for equal access to healthy food. Together, we’re urging Canadians to show their support for this important goal by dining in one of the participating restaurants on October 22. We all have a role to play in making change.”
About Community Food Centres CanadaCFCC works with partners to build Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. Community Food Centres Canada also works with the broader system to build greater capacity for impact and empower communities to work towards a healthy and fair food system. Launched in 2012 out of Toronto’s The Stop Community Food Centre -- an internationally recognized leader in developing progressive community-based solutions to hunger, poor health and social isolation -- CFCC is now working to develop a total of fifteen Community Food Centres by 2017 that offer a multi-faceted program mix that includes healthy drop-in meals, affordable produce markets, community gardens and kitchens, and education and advocacy programs under one roof. There are established and developing Community Food Centres in Toronto, Stratford, Perth, Winnipeg and Dartmouth, and CFCC is also working closely with an expanding number of food initiatives across the country. By working with partners and joining forces farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, home cooks, backyard gardeners, health professionals, food enthusiasts, community leaders and activists, sponsors and funders, CFCC is proving that good food can build community, enhance physical and mental health, and nurture the planet. For more information visit www.restaurantsforchange.ca, www.cfccanada.ca, on Facebook, Twitter @aplaceforfood