Farms for Change 2018 raises $150,000

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The New Farm’s annual Farms for Change fundraiser on June 23 featured 15 fantastic chefs and an epic show by Broken Social Scene in the barn, and raised a record $150,000, with $140,000 going to Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC).

CFCC in turn sent money to The Stop and Regent Park Community Food Centres to purchase local, organic food for their many programs.

This year, the additional money allowed CFCC to expand the number of community food centres that received Farms for Change funding. CFCs in Hamilton, Perth and Stratford received funds for the first time and started purchasing from organic family farms in their areas.

The other $10,000 was donated to food banks in Stayner and Collingwood to put local, organic vegetables and honey in Christmas hampers for 285 families.

Farms for Change funding helped support CFCC’s policy advocacy work as they fight for policies and programs that address the root causes of poverty in Canada.

The New Farm and Richmond Station restaurant also donated two on-farm dinners to benefit The Stop Community Food Centre directly, raising $22,000.

“None of these efforts would have been possible without the generous, ongoing support of our many volunteers, chefs, and sponsors. We feel incredibly lucky to have such a caring and supportive community surrounding us,” said organizers Gillian Flies and Brent Preston.

“In 2019 we look forward to hosting the tenth annual Farms for Change fundraiser, and to continuing our support for CFCC and other good food organizations. We wish all of you a happy, safe and delicious holiday season, and we can’t wait to see you all back on the farm next year.”

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