New Farm surpasses $1M in fundraising

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With its 10th fundraising event behind them, The New Farm is reporting it has raised more than $1 million for the purchase of local organic food for centres that feed those in need.
“We are so incredibly grateful to all of you for making this possible,” said New Farm owners Gillian Flies and Brent Preston in an e-mail.
They say the most recent event on June 15, with 15 chefs and Sam Roberts Band, raised $125,000 to surpass a milestone.
• $70,000 went to Community Food Centres Canada. CFCC in turn sent money to the Regent Park Community Food Centre, The Table CFC in Perth, The Local CFC in Stratford and The Hamilton CFC to purchase organic food from local family farms.
• Farms for Change funding also helped support CFCC’s policy advocacy work as they fight for policies and programs that address the root causes of poverty in Canada.
• $50,000 went to The Stop Community Food Centre to buy local, organic food for their many programs.
• $5,000 was donated to food banks in Stayner and Collingwood to put local, organic vegetables and honey in Christmas hampers for 325 families.
• The New Farm and Richmond Station restaurant also donated two on-farm dinners to The Stop’s What’s on the Table fundraiser, which sold at auction for a total of $26,000.
“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 Flies and Preston.
The 11th Farms for Change event will be in June. The date and ticket information will be announced later in 2020.

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