News and announcements 09/04/2014

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 — There is a new place in Toronto that’s bringing people together to grow, cook share, learn and advocate for good food.

Launching on September 18, 2014, and located at CRC’s state-of-the-art facility at 40 Oak St, the Regent Park Community Food Centre aims to address issues of hunger, poor health and social isolation among low-income community members by increasing access to healthy food, offering food and food skills educational opportunities, and increasing community engagement on food and social justice issues.

Built on a model pioneered by The Stop Community Food Centre in the city’s west end, the Regent Park Community Food Centre is part of an initiative to create Community Food Centres across the country. The Centre was developed as a partnership between CRC, an organization with deep roots in Regent Park, and Community Food Centres Canada.

The Regent Park Community Food Centre furthers CRC’s long history of working in Regent Park, increasing its capacity to serve healthy community meals, expanding its kitchen and gardens, and offering educational programs and peer advocacy. A partnership with local agencies, funded through the Weston Family Parks Challenge, is driving the creation of gardens, a greenhouse, a bake oven, and activities in nearby Regent Park. 

“A partnership with Community Food Centres Canada is a really nice alignment with the CRC’s mission of ‘building lives, creating community, together’,” remarked Louise Moody, CRC Executive Director. “We are delighted that joining with them allows CRC to deepen the long standing social justice roots we’ve established in the community through our housing and food programs and to become leaders with CFCC in changing how communities respond to hunger and poverty.”

The Regent Park Community Food Centre will launch on September 18 at a free public event featuring tours of the centre, great food, and activities for the whole family. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, which has provided vital funding for this and other Community Food Centres across Ontario, will be recognized at the event. 

“The Regent Park Community Food Centre will be a positive and transformative force in this community, and we are thrilled to be working with such a knowledgeable and respected partner to bring it to life,” said Nick Saul, President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. “Through this and other Community Food Centres, we’re striving to make a coordinated investment in preventive, community-building solutions that address seemingly intractable problems of hunger, poor health and social isolation in new and innovative ways.”

The Regent Park Community Food Centre joins The Stop in Toronto and existing Community Food Centres in Perth and Stratford, Ontario, and three centres in development in Dartmouth, Winnipeg, and Moncton. Together with CFCC, these centres are working towards a fair and equitable food system.


Launch of the Regent Park Community Food Centre
Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:00 to 7:00 pm
40 Oak Street, Toronto

Media contacts:
Regent Park Community Food Centre at CRC
Louise Moody, CRC Executive Director
416 363 4234 ext 232

Community Food Centres Canada
Christina Palassio, Director of Communications
416 531 8826 ext 229