‘Restaurants for Change’ kicks off first coast to coast fundraiser

Toronto eateries prepare for dining event to raise proceeds in support of access to low cost, healthy food

Canadians will have a perfect excuse to wine and dine on Wednesday as restaurants take part in a fundraising initiative in support of local food centres.

Community Food Centres, a non-profit organization, has created the first-ever Restaurants for Change event. It will take place on Oct. 22 and will partner with 25 restaurants in nine different cities.

Christina Palassio, director of communications for Community Food Centres, says the concept for the event came out of conversations with chefs who donate to the organization. She also says the event will help the non-profit provide access to affordable and healthy meals.

“All participating restaurants will donate all or part of the proceeds toward providing access to good food for low income,” Palassio said.

Karl Heinrich, a co-founder of Richmond Station, a downtown Toronto restaurant, says he hopes to raise about 10,000 dollars for the cause. He believes everyone should have access to healthy food.

“We have been working with Community Food Centres for a long time now and we believe that good food should not be a privilege but everyone’s right,” said Heinrich.

Event organizers hope the event will run annually in order to build more community food centres for lower income families to access healthy food.

Ted Corrado, a chef at the popular Drake Hotel restaurant shared his excitement for the event on Twitter.