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A tasty idea: Eating for a cause

Feel good about indulging every now and again with these worth while food-based events for charity.
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Mary Luz Mejia, August 2, 2013 11:13:49 AM

Dominique Ansel, the creator of today’s hottest dessert, the cronut, has teamed up with the Food Bank for New York City to create The Cronut Project. This is a fundraiser designed to help with hunger-relief efforts in The Big Apple. Ansel crafted a special flavour, the passion fruit Cronut, expressly for the fundraiser. A minimum $5 donation to the food bank may just net you a hot-off-the-fryer, coveted cronut.

Here in Canada, there are just as many tasty takeaways that leave you feeling like a good Samaritan. Here are some of the meatiest, but by no means is this a buffet-sized list! What are your favourites in your town or city?

FoodShare’s Field to Table Schools Program
If you’re buying a bunch of carrots from the Fairview Mall or East Lynn Park’s Farmer’s Markets, you’re supporting food literacy in schools across the GTA! And chances are, those veggies or herbs were also grown by “student farmers” who have been taught by FoodShare educators through hands – on activities and workshops. School Grown Coordinator/Farmer, Katie German says, “We’ve had full attendance every day of the program. The students have begun to call themselves farmers and on market days they take great pride in their work, confidently taking the role of the farmer while fielding questions from the public.” A slice of feel good with your bushel of tomatoes!

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers
This country-wide initiative has been serving up comforting bowls of homemade soup (over 8000 servings) for women, children and youth in need, every month. The soup gets made at events around the country by willing volunteers, and once cooled and packed up, the soup is delivered to shelters. Fifty dollars per participant nets you a soup, salad and bread dinner with a glass of wine. Bonus? The soup-making camaraderie and good karma points. Can’t make it to a soup event? You can purchase their cookbook and support shelters across the country!

Five Hold for Food
Every summer, street hockey games are being held across Canada in support of Canadian food banks. The first match was held in L’Ille-Perrot, Quebec in 2010. That game raised over 200 pounds of non-perishable food items from 40 players. Today, players across the country are showing up with canned or boxed food items, their sticks and hockey jerseys, ready to play for a good cause. Over the last three years, Five Hole For Food has raised over 200,000 pounds of food for grateful food banks from Newfoundland to Vancouver. Visit their website to find out FHFF is coming to a city near you.

Empty Bowls Montreal
Every year, hundreds of potters from the province of Quebec and beyond donate a hand-crafted ceramic bowl to Empty Bowls Montreal. For $25, you get one serving of beautifully made soup, ladled into your new bowl that’s yours to keep. Five food-based organizations, from food banks to shelters receive 100 per cent of the money raised, thanks in part to the donations of food from local businesses and volunteers. The event is held in Montreal’s Unitarian Church giving a whole new meaning to a church social.

The Stop’s Night Market
Toronto’s The Stop puts on an Asian style night market in the alley behind the iconic Honest Ed’s store where for $50, you can eat and sip till your heart’s content. The event has gotten so popular, that it’s now being offered for two nights in support of the work the organization does. Some of the city’s best food makers show up big every year with dollars raised going to provide classes and food to those who need it most at their community food centre.

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