charities WE SUPPORT

Charitable Recipients

Through the generosity of local restaurants and their patrons, we raised funds in support of the following charities during our 2018 dining contest.

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Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank

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Established in 2015, the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank (TVFB) is a volunteer-run charity that serves healthy, environmentally-friendly, cruelty-free, plant-based food to vegetarians and vegans, as well as individuals who are interested in transitioning to a veg diet—all underserved groups within the food bank system.

The TVFB provides nutrition counselling and support via volunteer professional registered dietitians and nutritionists, advocates for more plant-based foods in food banks and, most importantly, advocates for a government food program that provides healthy plant-based foods as part of an effort to modernize and improve social assistance.

The TVFB promotes conversation around nutrition; the connection between poverty and poor nutrition, illness and health-care spending; the impact of animal agriculture on our environment; and animal liberation.


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Nellie's Shelter

Nellie's mission is to operate programs and services for women and children who have and are experiencing oppressions such as violence, poverty and homelessness.

Nellie’s is a community based feminist organization, which operates within an anti-racist, anti-oppression framework. They are committed to social change through education and advocacy to achieve social justice for all women and children.


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second harvest

Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue charity with a dual mission of environmental protection and hunger relief. They recover nutritious, unsold food before it becomes waste and distribute to a broad network of 373 social service organizations. Their free, essential service helps nourish people through school programs, seniors’ centres, shelters, food banks, and regional food hubs.

In 34 years, Second Harvest has rescued over 140 million pounds of healthy food, preventing 128 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering our atmosphere.

Currently, they recover food from over 742 donors and distribute that food to 373 social service agencies in Ontario, providing enough food for 34,000 meals a day.


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Haven Toronto

Haven Toronto is a drop-in centre where elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men can feel safe, where they can form and cultivate friendships, and become part of a community.

Open 8am to 5pm, 365 days a year, Haven Toronto provides essential services for their day-to-day lives such as healthy meals 3 times daily, clothing, showers, laundry, recreational amenities, access to crisis and housing counsellors, on-site nurses, dental hygienists, barbers, and more.

Haven Toronto was founded in 1933 by May Birchard during the Great Depression to help unemployed men. It is the only organization in Canada focused on serving elder homeless men aged 50 and over.


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Elizabeth Fry Toronto

Elizabeth Fry Toronto is a charitable organization focused on helping women break the cycles of criminalization and victimization. For 66 years, our agency has offered support services, transitional housing, and rehabilitation services to help women create meaningful change in their lives for the benefit of themselves, their families and communities. Our programs provide early stages of intervention and healing helping women gain new capacities and skills to successfully reintegrate into the community after a term of imprisonment and avoid future contact with the criminal justice system.

We also advocate for alternatives to the criminal justice system and educate the public about the challenging realities of women who are in conflict with the law.