Since launching in 2012, Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) has made some serious headway in pushing forward for an equitable food system in Canada. Come October 22nd, they’re launching a new initiative called Restaurants For Change, inviting Canadians to dine out in support of the cause.
It’s a simple, but powerful concept. On one day in October, all participating restaurants will be donating proceeds from their dinner service to CFCC.
Funds raised will support CFCC, local Community Food Centres and partners who offer programs that build food access, food skills, education around food and that strive 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 that access to healthy food is a right,? said Mr. Saul. ?We also believe that bringing people together around good food can create healthier, fairer and more connected communities. We feel lucky to be able to work with an amazing group of restaurants who share this belief, and who want to help engage Canadians around our work. With Canada�s support, we hope to grow Restaurants for Change in future years to involve even more cities and restaurants, and to increase awareness and support for important work that reduces hunger, builds physical and mental health and reduces social isolation.?
Twenty-five of Canada�s most celebrated chefs have already pledged their support. Including a substantial handful of our favorite’s in Ontario. Visit Foster’s Inn in Stratford; any of the Buca family of restaurants, Edulis, Jacob�s & Co., Richmond Station, Ruby Watchco, The Drake One Fifty, The Saint Tavern and THR+Co in Toronto; Atelier and Juniper Kitchen in Ottawa; or The Masonry in Perth to pledge your support.
Participating is easy: just book a dinner reservation on October 22nd at any of the participating restaurants. Eat, drink, support. It’s that simple, thanks to the support of the participating restaurants.
?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 that wants to play a role to in advocating for equal access to healthy food. Together, we�re urging Canadians to show their support for the initiative by dining in a participating restaurant on October 22, and by joining a growing conversation around food for good that�s gaining momentum across the country.?
To find out more, or book your reservation, visit restaurantsforchange.ca.