"We need to think more broadly when we’re defining Canadian food. To me, Canadian food should be fair and available to everyone, whether they can afford it or not. Canadian meals should be served in accessible places that welcome people without consideration of economic background, gender, immigration status, or age. We should aim to serve meals that are nutritious and empowering in beautiful rooms, with a loving community that acts free of judgement. And the chefs who are at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of what Canadian food is need to get out of the kitchen and into the community where they can use their skills and their voices to build a movement around good food for all."Ryan Donovan, chef and co-owner, Richmond Station restaurant
Chefs play a major role in deciding how and what we eat. They not only influence matters of taste and food culture, but can also be leaders in supporting local food systems, from seed to plate. As chefs increasingly step out of the kitchen and into the public eye, they are well-positioned to be spokespeople on a variety of issues, from sustainability to the impacts of poverty and food insecurity. We work with chefs through events and ambassador programs to provide the resources they need to raise awareness of issues of poverty and food insecurity, and engage Canadians in working with us for change.
"We strongly believe in the need to create dignified, inclusive spaces where people can access nourishment as well as support, compassion, lasting relationships, and pathways to change and empowerment. That’s what brought us to become donors to The Stop Community Food Centre several years ago.
When we heard that Community Food Centres Canada was launching to scale that model nationally, we jumped at the chance to support it. We’ve been thrilled by the opportunity to be able to continue our support of The Stop’s critical frontline work while also playing a role in helping CFCC to bring the Community Food Centre model to more Canadian neighbourhoods struggling with alarming rates of poverty, food insecurity, poor health, and social isolation. CFCC’s vision, and its commitment to having local impact and national scale and voice, is a great example of what we need to do to create lasting change."Myron Pestaluky and Kelly Pronyk, donors
The generous support of the following individuals, foundations, government agencies and businesses directly contributed to our 2015 results. Their contributions supported the development of centres, programs, events, evaluation and other centralized leadership resources. Funders and sponsors that contributed to Community Food Centres Canada are listed for the period between January 1 and December 31, 2015 for contributions of $1,000 or more. An * indicates in-kind support, ** indicates in-kind and financial support, and *** denotes participating Restaurants for Change restaurants. We also thank those donors who contributed funding through their United Way donations.
We are also grateful to Terroir and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Association for designating CFCC as their charitable partner for 2015.
Special thanks to the following individuals for their support of the development and execution of our national fundraising program.
*Audited financial statements available upon request