Since October 2013, we have created opportunities for 31 Regent Park residents to receive their Food Handlers Certification via a partnership with Toronto Public Health (who delivered the training at no cost) and three community partners – Artscape Daniels Spectrum, Paintbox Bistro, and Yonge Street Mission – who provided access to their commercial kitchens to carry out parts of the training. Nearly all residents who have thus far been trained are recent immigrants, coming from Sri Lanka, Somalia, Ethiopia, Spain, Kenya, China, and another half-dozen countries.
After certification, we successfully encouraged many local organizations to employ Regent Park residents as their caterers. These include:
- Regent Park Film Festival
- Storytelling Toronto – Regent Park
- Parents for Better Beginnings
- Nelson Mandela Park Public School
- Liberal Party of Canada
- United Church of Canada.
Recently, the catering collective has been featured in two pieces from the CBC on the Metro Morning and the Late Night Toronto News. It is through the tireless work on Sureya, our community engagement worker, that this project has been such a success. To read and listen to the CBC stories click on this link.