There is a fine line when it comes to trying to blog anonymously. There are quite a few organizations, and charities that are really close to my heart that I can’t write about. Some of these happen to be charities that I’m involved in a Board Member or President capacity. This being a Personal Finance blog, I am torn when it comes to writing about social issues that I am passionate about and over sharing and ranting. Although I love a good rant once in a while.
As I am getting more comfortable with putting my face out there, I am also privileged to be able to lend my voice (however small that may be) to causes that really need attention. As such, I wanted to shine a spotlight on the fantastic work that The Stop Community Food Centre does in Toronto. I had the pleasure of attending a dinner there along with Cait from Blonde on a Budget, as guests of the ING Direct social team. Besides being treated to a great dinner by the very handsome chef Chris Brown, we had that opportunity to learn more about the Centre, and see all the work that they do in the community.
The sad part of living in the city is that most of us get very absorbed in our day to day lives, so seeing an organization run by volunteers that has such a direct impact on the local community is refreshing and heart warming. The Centre has everything ranging from a Food Bank, a market, to community cooking and Summer programs. What really made an impact on me was the fact they have found a way to get youth involved. My mom is a big believer is eating clean foods so she had a vegetable garden in the backyard. We grew up having a bit of understanding of where our food comes from. My godson, for example, does not. Any organization that helps shape the next generation’s understanding of food consumption is alright in my books.
I am fortunate enough to live in a town where we have 2 farmers markets along with one of the most active tech sectors in the country. We have the best of both worlds here and visiting The Stop reminded me of the need the other cities of have of such things.
Besides the wonderful visit and info session, we also have an incredible dinner prepared by Chris Brown, served with local Niagara wine. It was a delightful evening, and I’m thankful to ING for introducing me to a hidden gem in Toronto.
They host dinners every 3rd thursday incase you’re interested in going. I suggest you do, or get involved in any other capacity. There is a huge need for things like this in every city.