Chickapea Pasta makes 3,000 box donation to The Stop Community Food Centre

TORONTO, ON, CANADA: Chickapea Pasta donates more than 3,000 boxes of pasta to The Stop Community Food Centre.

For over 30 years, The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto has been at the forefront of providing dignified innovative programs to provide access to healthy food; build skills, health, hope, and community; and confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger. The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality.

The wide range of programs offered include drop-in meals, a food bank, community kitchens and gardens, perinatal and family support, civic engagement, and children and youth engagement. “The Stop is so much more than a food bank. They empower people with the knowledge, skills and support they need to eat healthy, no matter their circumstances,” says Shelby Taylor from Chickapea Pasta. “Of the many incredible programs the centre offers, I’m particularly compelled by their New Beginnings program for pre- and post-natal women and their Youth Engagement program, which not only teaches participants how to grow and cook healthy food, but also engages them in community-building programs. Healthy habits develop at a very young age and the earlier our children enjoy and learn about healthy food, the better chance they have at living a healthy, fulfilled life.”

The focus of food provided is fresh and healthy at the centre and Chickapea Pasta and Neal Brothers were on hand Friday March 3 with donated food items to help prepare for the drop-in lunch. “We prepare and serve hundreds of wholesome, unprocessed meals in our Drop-in every day,” said The Stop’s Community Chef Scott MacNeil. “Donations through these types of partnerships help to reduce our costs so that we can continue supporting local, sustainable producers, and prioritizing fresh, nutritious, and nourishing food.”

Peter Neal was on-hand at the lunch and has been a long-time supporter. He says, “It’s about a sustained commitment to supporting the ideals of what great ‘community building organizations’ like this one and A Place for Food and Community Food Centers Canada do every day. We can improve the strength & dignity in our communities.”

The centre has extremely dedicated volunteers, some who have been helping for 10 years every Friday, which is a testament to the community and the importance behind The Stop to continuously work toward creating a supportive environment. “I was proud to have seen the work we are supporting in action and to have spent time with selfless volunteers like Sanyo, Patty, Jill & Robyn. And thank you to Chef Scott MacNeil for having us in your well-run and fun kitchen!” says Peter Neal.

The Stop is committed to providing opportunities for children and youth to grow, cook, and share healthy food, and to understand sustainable food systems and the root causes of hunger and poverty from a social justice perspective. They strive to engage children and youth across all of our food access and community-building programs. The Stop is accredited by Imagine Canada for excellence in nonprofit accountability, transparency, and governance.

Media Contact: Kim Masin, Marketing Manager kim@choosechickapea.com 1-888-868-9968

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