New fundraising campaign celebrates sharing food and raises money for healthy food programs

**** Dartmouth North Community Centre Media Release

New fundraising campaign celebrates sharing food and raises money for healthy food programs

Fresh 21, Nova Scotia Community College’s teaching and learning restaurant, is hosting a special fundraising dinner as part of The Big Social, a new campaign benefitting the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

Participants will be treated to an evening of world-class cuisine, prepared under the guidance of celebrated culinary faculty and hospitality professionals.​ The five-course meal takes place on Wednesday, November 6th from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased via Eventbrite. All proceeds will go to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase a cause that’s close to our hearts and to invite guests to enjoy a truly unique dining experience, said Barry Mooney from Fresh 21.

Fresh 21’s dinner event is one of thousands of meals being hosted across the country from November 1 to 10 as part of The Big Social. This new national fundraiser supports Community Food Centres across Canada and encourages people to host meals in their homes and offices to raise money for good food programs like the ones in Dartmouth North.

Joining in is easy. People sign up to host at​ A Big Social can be whatever a host wants: a dinner party, a potluck, a supper club, an office lunch, or even a laid-back family dinner. Hosts set a fundraising goal, invite guests, and ask them to make a donation. In Hamilton, funds raised will support programs at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

“Food is such an amazing connector, says Wendy Fraser, Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.​ “This is a fun opportunity for people to have friends or family over for a meal while raising money for programs that help people in HRM.”

The Big Social campaign is being launched by Community Food Centres Canada, a national nonprofit that supports people who are struggling with poverty and food insecurity. People who are food insecure are more likely to suffer from physical and mental health problems, and social isolation. The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre’s programs help local people access healthy food, improve their health, and become less isolated.

The Big Social is generously supported by presenting partner President’s Choice ®.

Additional support is provided by national media partners Food Network Canada and Global News, supporting partners Neal Brothers Foods and Precision Nutrition, media partner Toronto Life, and in-kind partners The Printing House and Steam Whistle Brewery.

To register to host an event or find out more about The Big Social, visit​ Watch the PSA!

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