THE STOP + CFCC
Making healthy meals accessible
As a restaurant group that feeds many people, The Drake recognizes the need to have healthy delicious meals made more accessible to all. Far too many people in the city cannot afford to put food on the table for themselves and their families due to systemic issues around food security, much less a night out at one of our restaurants.
The Drake has partnered with both The Stop and Community Food Centres Canada to bring awareness around important issues of access to healthy meals and food security in Canada. CFCC builds vibrant, financially stable community food centres that offer high-impact food programs in welcoming community spaces that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. The model was developed at The Stop in Toronto’s west end and has since expanded its footprint across the country as a national leader in food security and social justice in low-income communities across Canada. The Drake shares in the belief that good food can be a transformative force in low-income communities.
The Stop is a Toronto-based non-profit that strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality. From its origins as one of Canada’s first food banks, The Stop has blossomed into a thriving community hub where neighbours participate in a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, foster social connections, build food skills, and promote civic engagement.
The Drake has also committed to donating proceeds from other programming initiatives to support The Stop’s fundraising efforts, as well as through event catering and paid employee volunteer opportunities at The Stop’s Annual Night Market.