Regent Park Community Centre launches good food programs

News Sep 19, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

Hundreds of residents from the Regent Park area came out to taste food, plant garlic, listen to music and more as the Regent Park Community Food Centre held an official launch ceremony.

The Thursday, Sept. 18 launch event offered plenty for guests, from samples of healthy food to selfies in the new Regent Park to a chance to get together with their neighbours to celebrate the community.

The centre – the second of its kind in Toronto after The Stop in the city’s west end – came about through a partnership between Regent Park agency the CRC (formerly the Christian Resource Centre) and Community Food Centres Canada, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

It will provide social opportunities, cooking classes, gardening groups, meals and more for those in the area.

“The Regent Park Community Food Centre will be a welcoming place where people can grow, cook, share and advocate for good food,” said CRC board chair Norm Williams.

Community Food Centres Canada president Nick Saul said the CRC was an ideal location for a Community Food Centre given that it met a number of the criteria his organization looks for when seeking out partners.

Situated in a state-of-the-art building at 40 Oak St., Saul said the CRC more than met the need for a suitable space for a Community Food Centre.

“We’ve seen a lot of places operating out of basements and small spaces,” he said, adding the CRC site will ensure people can use the centre with dignity. “This is a home, and I’m a big believer that the physical determines the social.”

He added the CRC has long been providing food programs in the area, which also made it an ideal partner.

“We’re looking for partners with a history of doing good food work, but who need a little help amplifying these programs,” he said.

CRC executive director Louise Moody noted the new Community Food Centre will allow the CRC to expand its community gardening programs, reach out to more residents through community meal programs, help coordinate the use of the new park in Regent Park and boost its work in other areas, as well.

“We have a community advocacy program where people can find their voice and support each other,” she said. “At our Food Skills program, people can learn new skills and engage with each other.”

The centre came about after considerable community consultation. Councillor Pam McConnell noted while there was some concern the plan to open a Community Food Centre may turn out to be just talk, the realization of the new venture has made all the work that went into it worthwhile.

She added the programs will help bridge social gaps within Regent Park, where the revitalization has brought together a diverse group of residents.

“When you have a trowel in your hand, it’s a great leveller,” she said, referring specifically to the centre’s gardening programs. “It doesn’t matter what language you speak or how many pennies you have in your pocket, you’re all in that soil together.”

She added the centre and its programs will help boost food security for many residents in the area, ensuring they have access to hot, healthy meals.

“It will take the people of Regent Park and make them healthy,” she said. “It will give our children the gift of good health.”

For more information on the centre, visit http://cfccanada.ca/regent-park-cfc

Regent Park Community Centre launches good food programs

News Sep 19, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

Hundreds of residents from the Regent Park area came out to taste food, plant garlic, listen to music and more as the Regent Park Community Food Centre held an official launch ceremony.

The Thursday, Sept. 18 launch event offered plenty for guests, from samples of healthy food to selfies in the new Regent Park to a chance to get together with their neighbours to celebrate the community.

The centre – the second of its kind in Toronto after The Stop in the city’s west end – came about through a partnership between Regent Park agency the CRC (formerly the Christian Resource Centre) and Community Food Centres Canada, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

It will provide social opportunities, cooking classes, gardening groups, meals and more for those in the area.

“The Regent Park Community Food Centre will be a welcoming place where people can grow, cook, share and advocate for good food,” said CRC board chair Norm Williams.

Community Food Centres Canada president Nick Saul said the CRC was an ideal location for a Community Food Centre given that it met a number of the criteria his organization looks for when seeking out partners.

Situated in a state-of-the-art building at 40 Oak St., Saul said the CRC more than met the need for a suitable space for a Community Food Centre.

“We’ve seen a lot of places operating out of basements and small spaces,” he said, adding the CRC site will ensure people can use the centre with dignity. “This is a home, and I’m a big believer that the physical determines the social.”

He added the CRC has long been providing food programs in the area, which also made it an ideal partner.

“We’re looking for partners with a history of doing good food work, but who need a little help amplifying these programs,” he said.

CRC executive director Louise Moody noted the new Community Food Centre will allow the CRC to expand its community gardening programs, reach out to more residents through community meal programs, help coordinate the use of the new park in Regent Park and boost its work in other areas, as well.

“We have a community advocacy program where people can find their voice and support each other,” she said. “At our Food Skills program, people can learn new skills and engage with each other.”

The centre came about after considerable community consultation. Councillor Pam McConnell noted while there was some concern the plan to open a Community Food Centre may turn out to be just talk, the realization of the new venture has made all the work that went into it worthwhile.

She added the programs will help bridge social gaps within Regent Park, where the revitalization has brought together a diverse group of residents.

“When you have a trowel in your hand, it’s a great leveller,” she said, referring specifically to the centre’s gardening programs. “It doesn’t matter what language you speak or how many pennies you have in your pocket, you’re all in that soil together.”

She added the centre and its programs will help boost food security for many residents in the area, ensuring they have access to hot, healthy meals.

“It will take the people of Regent Park and make them healthy,” she said. “It will give our children the gift of good health.”

For more information on the centre, visit http://cfccanada.ca/regent-park-cfc

Regent Park Community Centre launches good food programs

News Sep 19, 2014 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

Hundreds of residents from the Regent Park area came out to taste food, plant garlic, listen to music and more as the Regent Park Community Food Centre held an official launch ceremony.

The Thursday, Sept. 18 launch event offered plenty for guests, from samples of healthy food to selfies in the new Regent Park to a chance to get together with their neighbours to celebrate the community.

The centre – the second of its kind in Toronto after The Stop in the city’s west end – came about through a partnership between Regent Park agency the CRC (formerly the Christian Resource Centre) and Community Food Centres Canada, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

It will provide social opportunities, cooking classes, gardening groups, meals and more for those in the area.

“The Regent Park Community Food Centre will be a welcoming place where people can grow, cook, share and advocate for good food,” said CRC board chair Norm Williams.

Community Food Centres Canada president Nick Saul said the CRC was an ideal location for a Community Food Centre given that it met a number of the criteria his organization looks for when seeking out partners.

Situated in a state-of-the-art building at 40 Oak St., Saul said the CRC more than met the need for a suitable space for a Community Food Centre.

“We’ve seen a lot of places operating out of basements and small spaces,” he said, adding the CRC site will ensure people can use the centre with dignity. “This is a home, and I’m a big believer that the physical determines the social.”

He added the CRC has long been providing food programs in the area, which also made it an ideal partner.

“We’re looking for partners with a history of doing good food work, but who need a little help amplifying these programs,” he said.

CRC executive director Louise Moody noted the new Community Food Centre will allow the CRC to expand its community gardening programs, reach out to more residents through community meal programs, help coordinate the use of the new park in Regent Park and boost its work in other areas, as well.

“We have a community advocacy program where people can find their voice and support each other,” she said. “At our Food Skills program, people can learn new skills and engage with each other.”

The centre came about after considerable community consultation. Councillor Pam McConnell noted while there was some concern the plan to open a Community Food Centre may turn out to be just talk, the realization of the new venture has made all the work that went into it worthwhile.

She added the programs will help bridge social gaps within Regent Park, where the revitalization has brought together a diverse group of residents.

“When you have a trowel in your hand, it’s a great leveller,” she said, referring specifically to the centre’s gardening programs. “It doesn’t matter what language you speak or how many pennies you have in your pocket, you’re all in that soil together.”

She added the centre and its programs will help boost food security for many residents in the area, ensuring they have access to hot, healthy meals.

“It will take the people of Regent Park and make them healthy,” she said. “It will give our children the gift of good health.”

For more information on the centre, visit http://cfccanada.ca/regent-park-cfc