The Nature of Giving

Nature was the prominent theme as Cindy Scott and Roger Bryanton hosted their second annual ‘pop up’ Art Show and Sale in support of the Parkdale Food Centre. Once again, local artists Christopher Griffin and Nicole Allen donated 15% of the evening’s sales to support PFC’s “good food” programs for neighbours in need.

Nicole’s brilliant florals, dramatic landscapes, and cheeky birds were a popular choice as guests got a head start on their holiday shopping. Two ‘big birds’- “Old Soul” and “The Optimist”- kept a close eye on the action as buyers snapped up Nicole’s blooming vases, rugged nature scenes, and feisty feathered friends.

Fresh from completing two major installations at the new Glebe Mobility Hub and Pomeroy House restaurant, Christopher offered art lovers an array of haunting nudes, original cement etchings and an eclectic selection of vibrant street scenes and animal life inspired by recent travels to Cuba, Panama, and locales closer to home, like Patterson Creek and Brown’s Inlet.

The evening included first time art buyers (and newlyweds!), avid collectors, holiday shoppers and those who simply wanted to appreciate the talent and creativity of two very dedicated and generous artists.

The event raised over $2000 in just over 4 hours – funds that will make a big difference over the holiday season and as Parkdale Food Centre plans its programs for 2016.

Thanks to Cindy, Roger, Christopher and Nicole for demonstrating the true nature of giving.

Learn more about Nicole Allen: Website | Facebook 

Learn more about Christopher Griffin: Website | Facebook

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Nicole Allen and Christopher Griffin

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First time art buyers – and newlyweds!

 

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First time art buyers – and newlyweds!

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Cindy Scott, Nicole Allen & Virginia Vince of Bloomfields Flowers

 

We now accept donations of securities

The Parkdale Food Centre is happy to announce that we are now accepting donations of stocks and mutual funds.  We have set up this new donation method because of requests from donors.

The reason most people are interested in giving securities is that the tax on capitals gains are now reduced to zero.  Since June 2006 individuals can donate appreciated securities without paying any capital gains tax.  You receive a tax receipt for the full value of the shares.  This is more efficient than selling the securities and donating the cash proceeds.

We also are able to accept securities donations left to us by people in their wills.  This allows you to reduce the tax burden on your estate.

To help visualize here is an example:

Mary paid $1,000 for shares in Corporation A. Because they are now worth $6,000, her capital gain is $5,000. By donating the shares to Parkdale Food Centre, she pays no capital gains tax. She receives a charitable donation receipt of $5,000, which she can apply against other income. 

If you are interested in having a conversation with us about donating securities please email our Treasurer,france@parkdalefoodcentre.org.  Alternatively you can call us and we’ll take it from there!

Our policy is to sell the shares as soon as we receive them.  We then issue a tax receipt for the value of the proceeds – less any transaction fees.

PFC at Ottawa’s Spur Festival

Last weekend, the PFC’s Karen Secord moderated a panel at the Spur festival held in Ottawa. The panel, called “From Hunger to Health in the Nation’s Capital” brought together a group to talk about food security that included Kaitrin Doll, an Anti-Poverty Community Engagement Worker at the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, Pierre Desrochers, a Professor of Geography, U of T Mississauga Campus, and Elaine Power Professor of Sociocultural Studies, Queens University.

The group discussed why the responsibility to feed and the right to food are about more than just basic nutrition, and centered around the seventy-five thousand residents in Ottawa that are unable to access nutritious food, along with the 12 percent increase in food bank users that has occurred over the last three years.

For a majority of panellists at the discussion From Hunger to Health in the Nation’s Capital, food was only the starting point of the discussion. The main issue was poverty.

Some great coverage and opportunities to have further discussion resulted:

For more information about the Spur Festival, visit their website at http://spurfestival.ca/ottawa/.

Volunteer perspective: Community Meals @ PFC

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Once a month on a Friday night, Wendy Hepburn, Assistant Director with Citizenship and Multiculturalism, helps to organize a community meal at the Parkdale Food Centre in Ottawa. Community meals support the Food Centre’s goals to provide fresh, wholesome food to people in need, as well as teach members of the community how to cook healthy and delicious meals with simple ingredients.

As part of her volunteer duties, Wendy comes up with the menu and identifies a few dishes suitable for 25 to 30 volunteers and clients to make together. Preparation can include washing and peeling vegetables, cutting fruit, making dough and setting the table. Wendy loves watching people connect while they collaborate in the kitchen.

“Everyone gets a chance to learn and contribute,” she says. “Clients are teaching volunteers and volunteers are teaching clients.”

The community meals are about more than just providing good food for those who can’t afford it. They help people in need connect and socialize with their neighbours, fostering mental health as much as physical health.

“I find people really enjoy having something to look forward to on a Friday night.” Wendy says. “Sharing a meal and engaging with people in the community is pretty special. It helps fight isolation and loneliness, for volunteers and clients alike.”

Repost of article from Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s daily internal newsletter Today@CIC. Published with permission.

Help your neighbours through the Parkdale Food Centre this holiday season

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As the holiday season and the end of the year approaches, we’re often asked about ways people can help our neighbours. So, we thought we would put together a couple of suggestions for those looking for ideas. Donations make an enormous difference to our programs and the support that we are able to offer the more than 700 people we help each month.

Make a Financial Donation
Financial donations are a great way to support the work that we do, and allow us to direct funds to the areas where they are most needed, or to specific programs (based on a donor’s request).

You can make a financial donation in a couple of ways:

  • Donate online through Canada Helps
  • Visit us to drop off a donation in person
  • Donate by mail by sending cheques to:

Parkdale Food Centre
2-30 Rosemount Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1P4

Donate through the Reverse Food Truck
Our online Reverse Food Truck provides a variety of options for sponsorship and donations, from sponsoring a neighbour for a set period of time, giving a one time donation of the things we’re most in need of, supporting a specific program, or even a recurring donation. Donate online through the Reverse Food Truck today >>

Donate in person
We’re always happy to welcome visitors to the Centre, and happily accept donations of non-perishable food, preferably items from our Good Food List, or even fresh produce. We also post weekly updates about our most needed supplies on twitter, facebook, and instagram, so you can find out what is running low, or is in the most demand as our #PFCMostNeeded.

Contribute to our annual Soup & Socks campaign
Each year, we collect canned soup, warm socks for men, women, and children, and little extras like coffee, hot chocolate, hats, mittens, and Giant Tiger gift cards to distribute to our neighbours throughout December. Socks, soup and additions can be dropped off at the Centre during our regular operating hours.

Gift a Christmas Basket
Each year, we pair individuals or families in our community with individuals or families in need to give customized Christmas baskets – complete with small gifts and all of the fixings for Christmas Dinner. Interested in participating in our Christmas Basket program? Contact Karen by email to let her know you’re interested.

Give your time
Another way to give is to get involved as a volunteer. Our volunteers help with everything from stocking shelves, leading workshops, the collective kitchen, and even running our website. Do you have some time or skills to lend? Learn more about how to get involved on our Volunteers page.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

We’ve all heard the saying “good things come in small packages” and, if you’ve had the good fortune to travel, either for work, or even better for pleasure, then you’ve probably encountered your fair share of tiny toiletries in hotel bathrooms. These could include shampoos, conditioners, bath gels or hand soaps- everyday items that many of us take for granted.

For our neighbours at the Parkdale Food Centre, these basic toiletries are often luxuries that are not a top priority, particularly when food is scarce, but they are very important for building a positive self image and strengthened self –esteem.

Pack and Go!
If you travel regularly and don’t use these small toiletries during your hotel stay, please consider popping them in your bag and collecting them for our neighbours at The Parkdale Food Centre. It’s a small action in isolation but if we pool our efforts, it can amount to something much bigger.

If you have friends or colleagues who travel regularly, consider inviting them to join us.  If you are part of a book club, sports team or other community organization, consider inviting your group to get involved so you can multiply the results. After all, tiny only stays tiny for so long. With a little teamwork and some creativity, we can all make a difference.

The next time you hit the road, think about the “small packages” you can gather to bring some good to a neighbour’s day.

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Making Directed Donations Through the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC)

It’s time for the annual Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC). Have you made your donation yet? Did you know that you can direct your donation to a registered charity of your choice, like the Parkdale Food Centre? Any Government of Canada employee that participates in the GCWCC can choose to direct their donations to a specific registered charity, like the PFC. Doing so is easy, and helps us receive stable funding throughout the year.

Read on below for step-by-step instructions. Making a directed donation is easy and can be done online through ePledge.  

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To use ePledge, contact your office or team’s canvasser or GCWCC representative and they will give you login/access information. Payments can be made through payroll deduction, credit card, cheque, or cash.

Step 1: Once you’ve logged in, you will be asked to fill out your Pledge Type (one time, ongoing, etc) and then you will be asked to select your charity. To direct your donation to the Parkdale Food Centre, type our Registered Charity Number into the appropriate box: 889365003RR0001

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Step 2: Click Search. The following screen will appear, indicating that it has found the Parkdale Food Centre, with a space to enter your donation amount.

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Step 3: Once you’ve entered your amount, click Next and the confirmation page will appear:

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This is where you designate the amount per deduction that you’d like to donate to the Parkdale Food Centre.  Once you’ve input the amount click Add and then verify that everything is correct.  

Follow the remaining steps and voila! You’ve successfully made a directed donation.

All About Food – A Community Walkathon!

A great new event is happening in our community! The All About Food Community Walkathon is taking place on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Join your family, friends, neighbours, and a number of great organizations for a 2.5km walk in our community to help fund various food programs at the participating organizations.

All proceeds from this Walkathon will help fund the various food programs at these participating organizations:

Cash donations at this multi-agency event will be divided equally between the organizations, or donations can be made by cheque to a specific organization from the list above. A tax receipt will be issued for all donations of $20.00 or more. Thank you!

EVENT DETAILS
Sunday, October 18th, 2015. Rain or shine!

  • 12:30 PM – Registration & Pledge Form Drop Off @ St-Luke’s Table
  • 1:00 PM – Depart from St Luke’s Table (760 Somerset Street West)
  • Pit Stop – Parkdale Food Centre at 30 Rosemount Avenue
  • Final Stop (3:00PM) – Parkdale United Church at 429 Parkdale Avenue

Maps will be provided at the starting point, and volunteers will guide you along the way if needed. Agency information and tours will be provided so you can learn more about the important work that we do. Information about the Dalhousie Food Cupboard will be available at St Luke’s Table. Refreshments will be provided!

Interested in participating? Download the pledge form, collect pledges, and mark your calendars!

“Awesome” news!

We’re excited to share the news that the PFC’s Karen Secord has been selected as the recipient of September’s Awesome Ottawa award. This $1000 no strings attached grant from the Ottawa chapter of the Awesome Foundation, an ever-growing worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe.

“I run a food bank in an area of Ottawa that is fast becoming gentrified,” explains Karen. “But the 14 rooming houses, transition house, mental health housing, family shelter, and Ottawa Community Housing buildings tell a different story. I want to put a community fridge on a street corner in Hintonburg. ”

To read the full story, visit: http://awesomeottawa.ca/2015/09/feel-the-food/

 

Introducing Thirteen Muesli: the faces behind the Social Enterprise

Last month we told you a bit about the Muesli Project — and this month we’re back to introduce the team behind this social enterprise. If you’re interested in learning more about the project, you can visit their website at www.thirteenmuesli.com

We are thirteen teenagers with a business. Not much money. Lots of heart. A vision for a healthier future. For all of us.

 

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AYAN
Hi, I’m Ayan. My parents were born in Somalia. I was born in Holland in 1999. I speak Dutch. My mother and I brought my two younger sisters and baby brother to Canada in September 2014. I dream of a bright future.

Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile. This business is my responsibility. It will help fund my education, change my life, send me to law school.

 

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GHITA
Hi, I’m Ghita.
I was born in Morocco in 2000. We came to Canada when I was 8 years old.
My mother is a nurse. But not here.
I am an only child.
I am a student in the International Baccalaureate Program.
Maybe one day I will be your doctor.
Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile.
This business is my responsibility.

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KEJAH
Hi, I’m Kejah. I was born in Ottawa. Most of my relatives are from Britain, Trinidad and Jamaica. I have one sister. I am the oldest. We are homeschooled. I live in Rochester Heights. But just because you live in the ‘hood doesn’t mean you have to stay in the ‘hood.
One day I will be a neurosurgeon. Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile. This business is my responsibility. The next time you pick up a box of sugary cereal or processed granola I bet you will wonder, “Why not muesli ?”

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DAIJAH
Hi, I’m Daijah. I was born in Ottawa in 2001. Most of my relatives are from Britain, Trinidad and Jamaica. I have one sister. I am the youngest. We are homeschooled.

I dance. You can read my mind when I dance.
Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile.
This business is my responsibility. It is limited only by my imagination.
I dream large.

 

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DAVID
Hi, I’m David. I was born in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in Uganda before coming to Canada as a refugee in 2013.
There are 12 people in my family.
I speak 3 languages well – English, Kiswahili, Lugando – and I am learning French.
Soccer is my game.
Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile.
This business is my responsibility.
All the money I earn from it will be spent on my education

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DASHA
Hi, I’m Dasha. I was born in Ottawa in 1996. Most of my life I have lived in Ukraine. I live in an apartment with my mother and younger sister.

I have a job. I love to draw.
One day I will be a doctor.

Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile.
This business is my responsibility.
Believe in me.

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GLODIE
I am Glodie. I was born in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in Uganda before coming to Canada as a refugee in 2013. There are 12 people in my family. I have a job. In 2016 I will go to university. One day I will be a lawyer.

Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile. This business is my responsibility.

 

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LANDRY
I am Landry. I was born in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in Uganda before coming to Canada as a refugee in 2013. There are 12 people in my family.

I play the piano without knowing how to read music. I take every opportunity to learn. One day I will be a doctor.

Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile. This business is my responsibility.

 

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THIENA
I am Thiena. I was born in Burundi, where my parents still live. I came to Canada with my aunt. We live in a family shelter. I am now a University of Ottawa student. One day I will be an anesthesiologist.

Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile. This business is my responsibility.

 

 

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KEREN
I am Keren. I was born in Belgium in 2001. Both of my parents were born in Congo. We came to Canada in April 2015. I love basketball, dance and music.

I am learning English, but speak fluent French and Dutch. 

Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile. This business is my responsibility.

 

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SUMMER
I am Summer. I was born in Ottawa in 1997.

I am a mother. I dream art.

Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile. This business is my responsibility.

 

 

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EMMA
I am Emma. I was born in Belgium. My parents were born in Congo.

Music makes me move. African dance is in my heart. I’m very social, and adore spending time with those I love. I am learning English. Practise with me.

Now I am one of Thirteen: A Social Enterprise. We proudly create, market and sell small batch, handcrafted muesli. It is healthy, convenient and versatile. This business is my responsibility.

 

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Huge thanks to JVL Photography for generously taking photographs of the entire Thirteen Muesli team.