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Scadding Court Community Centre – Community Kitchen

Group Name: Scadding Court Community Centre – Community Kitchen

Description: Founded in March 1975, Scadding Court Community Centre is located at the corner of Dundas and Bathurst streets and adjacent to the Atkinson Cooperative Housing Complex (formerly Alexandra Park social housing). Our programs target under-serviced, culturally diverse groups such as low-income families, at-risk children and youth, newcomers, people living with disabilities, seniors and the un/underemployed. Between 500 and 600 people visit the Centre each day to participate in programs and services, or just to socialize.

One component of the Food for Thought initiative is a community kitchen style program that is open to community members to shop, cook and share food together in a comfortable and educational setting. Participants of the program learn recipes from all over the world, learn nutritional components of foods, and discover healthy and affordable shopping alternatives. Members will also take home some of the food produced in the class. The program also includes topics such as food handling, kitchen safety, and cooking techniques. The participants are also involved with the Urban Agriculture Program where organic produce is grown in the greenhouse and the community garden for use in the community kitchen.

Where: 707 Dundas Street West | Toronto, ON M5T 2W6

When: Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-392-0335 | |

North York Community House – Community Kitchen Program

Group Name: North York Community House – Community Kitchen Program

Description: North York Community House (NYCH) is a dynamic neighbourhood centre offering innovative programs and services to newcomers & residents, helping build strong, healthy communities.

NYCH has offered a variety of community kitchen programs for many years – the popularity of these groups is based on a powerful combination of food and fun. Participants get to know others in their communities, while cooking and eating delicious, nutritious meals together. These groups also provide an opportunity to learn about other supports and resources in the community, and discuss issues of concern. NYCH also conducts training sessions so that newcomers can learn how to facilitate their own community kitchen groups.

Where: 700 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 226 | Toronto, ON M6A 3B4

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | |

Out of the Cold – Toronto

Below is a listing of all the Out Of The Cold sites. Click on a site name to view more details. Dixon Hall is responsible for providing resources and support services to the sites with red links.
Need Help? Call 311 to get an emergency shelter bed or call central intake directly free from any pay phone 1-877-338-3398.

Out of the Cold Site Scedule 2014-2015

Holiday Meals at Drop-in Centres in Toronto

You don’t have to go without food this holiday in the city of Toronto. Our partners at Consumer Survivor Info Centre has provided a list of Holiday Drop-In Meals Hours & Meals for Toronto. Click on the link below for the list of locations.

Drop-In Centres List PDF

Food Choices for This Season and Life

Don’t wait until the holiday feast has passed to start eating healthy and exercising regularly. Whether it’s hard to come by healthy food on a low income, or you have a cozy relationship with food, or you’re in the dark about the alternative to healthy eating, or worse, all of the above— you are the perfect candidate to make this change! The purpose of a holiday gathering, let’s be honest, is to reconnect with family and catch up. What it’s not, is an opportunity to gorge on food in attempt to cope with those pesky relatives or friends you can’t wait to see leave. Before reading a book on eating well on a budget or attending a support group about your emotional connection to food, it’s advisable that you educate yourself on the benefits of your impending transition. Be informed and be empowered. Your discipline from routinely planning healthy meals transfers to other areas of your life and you will see the difference. Maybe you will even then tackle those awkward relationships you might have with some relatives. Or maybe you will just inspire others around you to make the change to eating healthy. No matter how much genes contribute to the diseases or disorders related to food and lifestyle, we always have the power to help minimize that risk. That being said, you are encouraged to visit any one of the following:

The Toronto Public Library for free resources and materials on eating well on budget;
Walking for Health and Wellbeing group and meet others who enjoy the benefits of regular exercise;
Sheena’s Place for tackling that an unhealthy relationship with food;
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre if you suspect you may have an eating disorder;
FoodShare Toronto for cooking tips specific to people with breast cancer; and
Speak to a registered dietitian for free through EatRight Ontario and have your nutrition and healthy eating questions answered.

And contact us for organizations or community centres that offer exercise classes for all ages and fitness levels. Don’t wait for a chronic illness to develop, or an eating disorder, or continue wasting your money on empty calories. Educate yourself and be empowered because you are capable of change.

I leave you with this “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”

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The Stop Community Food Centre – Community Cooking

Group Name: The Stop Community Food Centre – Community Cooking

Description: The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality. We believe that healthy food is a basic human right. We recognize that the ability to access healthy food is often related to multiple issues and not just a result of low income. At The Stop, we’ve taken a holistic approach to achieve real change in our community’s access to healthy food.

Community Cooking at The Stop offers the opportunity for people to connect with each other over good food. This includes a variety of community kitchens (see below), which help build food skills, reduce social isolation, and participants’ access to healthy food, as well as regular food demonstrations on the preparations of various foods. Under the community cooking program there cooking groups for healthy cooking, men cooking together, Latin American cooking and diet specific cooking.

Where: 1884 Davenport Road | Toronto, ON M6N 4Y2

When: Call for more information as each group has a different location and times.

Contact: Hussein 416-652-7867 Ext. 238 | Kristyn 416-651-7867 Ext. 23 | |

All Saints Church-Community Centre – Drop-In

Group Name: All Saints Church-Community Centre – Drop-In

Description: All Saints Church-Community Centre is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment while enhancing the well-being of homeless and street-involved individuals from a harm reduction and human-rights based approach. All Saints provides friendship, social opportunities, group and individual creative expression opportunities, case management, counselling, advocacy, and sanctuary. These services are provided with respect, compassion, and without prejudice to all who seek them. We place people, their goals and needs, at the center of everything we do, and strive to create a place that is welcoming, supportive, and accessible.

For anyone requiring these services, All Saints provides:

  • coffee/tea & snacks
  • computers access
  • library
  • harm reduction supplies/needle exchange
  • support groups
  • arts & crafts
  • cooking/nutrition classes
  • health & wellness groups

Where: 315 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON, M5A 2A2

When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Contact: 416-368-7768 | |

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Sunday Drop-In

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Sunday Drop-In

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Our Sunday Drop-In has evolved and changed over the years, adapting to the needs of the local community and the homeless and under-housed people who come to The Centre. The program will consist of a big Sunday breakfast shared together Room 106 of The Centre, starting at 10AM. Breakfast is followed by afternoon programs on a variety of programs and topics selected by participants and led by staff and volunteers. Lunch is served during afternoon programs and individuals who do not want to stay for programs can grab a meal-to-go before breakfast ends at 1. The 519’s Drop-In is unique in that it focuses on LGBTQ homeless and under-housed people and their allies. Everyone is welcome to attend the drop in as long as they contribute to ensuring a safe, positive space for LGBTQ people.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Sawyer Pow 416-355-6789 Ext. 4015 | |

Sherbourne Health Centre – WINK – Women in Need ‘Klinic’

Group Name: Sherbourne Health Centre – WINK – Women in Need ‘Klinic’

Description: Like the unique mosaic at our front door, Sherbourne was shaped by our communities. As with our programs and services, when the pieces are put together, the different colours and textures form something inviting, vibrant and relevant to the people we serve. We work closely with our partners and community members. Our primary care and chronic disease management services, health promotion and education, outreach and social supports, and mental health services work together to provide transformative care and support.

WINK – Women in Need ‘Klinic’
Come for a nutritious breakfast, social activities and if you need, on-the-spot care from a nurse or doctor in a friendly space. This is a drop-in program and no appointment is necessary.

Where: 333 Sherbourne Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

When: Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Contact: 416-324-4180 |

FoodShare Toronto – Kate’s Kitchen

Group Name: FoodShare Toronto – Kate’s Kitchen

Description: FoodShare Toronto is a non-profit community organization whose vision is Good Healthy Food for All. Founded in 1985 to address hunger in Toronto communities, FoodShare takes a unique multifaceted and long-term approach to hunger and food issues. They work to empower individuals, families and communities through food-based initiatives, while advocating for the broader public policies needed to ensure that everyone has adequate access to sustainably produced, good healthy food.

Kate’s Kitchen is a long running program of FoodShare that supports dietary change and a sense of community in survivors of breast cancer, combining healthy cooking skills training with the warm, welcoming approach of a community kitchen, Kate’s Kitchen acts as a complimentary form of therapy by connecting the social, spiritual, and physical aspects of health. Working at FoodShare with a young nutritionist/chef, and an informed facilitator, herself a breast cancer survivor, Kate’s Kitchen provides innovative, cutting edge information and skills. Cooking and culinary skills paired with recipes for meals and supplements, provide nutritional support during chemotherapy, radiation, and recovery.

Where: 90 Croatia Street | Toronto, ON M6H 1K9

When: Call for more information.

Contact: Chandra Deen 416-363-6441 | |

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