MONTREAL, QC–La Tablée des Chefs and its partners are proud to announce the launch of the second phase of its Solidarity Kitchens initiative, which will produce over 500,000 meals for food banks across Canada, with production primarily located in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.
La Tablée des Chefs is a charity whose mission is to fight against food insecurity and educate young people to develop their food autonomy. La Tablée des Chefs’ innovative initiative, Solidarity Kitchens, began at the start of the pandemic, when the organization was approached by suppliers, farmers, restaurants, hotels, and large venue sites who wanted to donate food that would otherwise go to waste. La Tablée des Chefs worked with distributors to deliver the food to revived kitchens where the food would then be cooked and frozen.
The Solidarity Kitchens initiative has already made a significant impact, providing meals to Quebec food banks and community organizations across the region, with 2 million meals cooked and delivered from April to December 2020. This year, the goal is to cook and deliver more than 2 million servings and community food distribution networks in Canada by 2021. The start of this national initiative has been made possible with support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which provided $1.3M in funding to launch Solidarity Kitchens.
“It’s been inspiring to see how Solidarity Kitchens has already helped so many vulnerable Canadians during the pandemic,” said Jean-François Archambault, CEO & Founder of La Tablée des Chefs. “We want to sincerely thank all of our valued partners for their support in bringing this initiative to life and joining us in the fight against food insecurity.”
The meals produced will be primarily made with chicken, ground veal, eggs, and a variety of vegetables from producers, processors, and partners of the Canadian food industry. They’ll then be delivered to charitable food banks and distribution hubs across the country, including the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Calgary Food Bank, Harvest Manitoba and Second Harvest.
“Fairmont Royal York’s tradition of service to our community has long been upheld by our employees – who seek goodwill initiatives to help all those in need. As the pandemic continues, I can attest that the culinary team feels fortunate to make such good use of both our vast kitchen space and our passion for bringing people together with a home cooked meal. We hope to feed as many families as possible through this partnership,” said JW Foster, Executive Chef, Fairmont Royal York.
“Kitchen24 is very proud to be part of the Solidarity Kitchens initiative to help feed our local population in this time of great need,” said Steve Kidron, Owner, Kitchen24.
“The pandemic has led to an increased need for prepared, take-away meals from our non-profit and charitable agency network across the country, who have had to change how they provide food to their communities in order to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest. “Vital initiatives like the Solidarity Kitchens project are helping to address this need and we are pleased to support them by providing rescued food donations and distribution services to the food banks and meal programs in our network.”
“This initiative by La Tablée des Chefs will help many residents in need of a meal during these challenging times as the pandemic has exacerbated the need for more support and food security. Through this new initiative we can ensure that no food is being wasted and that we are feeding residents who need help right now. I want to thank all of the organizers for coming together and putting this initiative together that will impact the lives of many. It is programs like this that showcase the strong Toronto spirit of helping one another during tough times,” said Mayor John Tory.
The Solidarity Kitchens that participated in making these meals were paid $1.00 per meal, ensuring that all chefs and valuable workers in the hospitality industry are supported during this difficult time. This initiative will continue to support the food security needs of our communities this year. If you are interested in getting involved or donating, please visit www.tableedeschefs.org for more information.
Solidarity Kitchens at a glance
At the beginning of the pandemic, the food and hospitality industry was hit hard. As the weeks progressed, La Tablée des Chefs was approached by many suppliers, farmers, restaurants, hotels and large venue sites who wanted to donate food that would otherwise go to waste. La Tablée contacted chefs at restaurants and large kitchen sites and organized food delivery to these places where the food would then be cooked and frozen. This was the beginning of the innovative initiative known as Solidarity Kitchens.
Over 600 tons of fresh and frozen food offered by producers, processors and partners of the food industry across Canada will be cooked.
In 2021, over 500,000 meals in total will be delivered to charitable food banks and distribution hubs across the country, including the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Calgary Food Bank, Harvest Manitoba (325+ food banks and agencies) and Second Harvest.
Major partners include:
Government of Canada
Egg Producers Federation of Quebec in collaboration with Burnbrae Farms
Solidarity Kitchen Partners:
Canucks Hospitality Team at Rogers Arena
Fairmont Royal York
About La Tablée des Chefs
La Tablée des Chefs is a charity whose mission is to feed people in need and develop culinary education for young people. www.tableedeschefs.org.
Our Mission: Feed and Educate.
Since 2002, La Tablée des Chefs has made it possible to feed those dealing with food insecurity by distributing more than 7,000,000 cooked portions and has educated more than 35,000 young people by developing their food autonomy through its various programs.