Family foundation honours Dad’s commitment to community with multi-year gift to Dartmouth North
Good food and giving back were at the heart of Ernest Edwards entire professional life and now his family is paying tribute to his legacy with a five-year gift to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.
“Dad would have loved this,” said Gary Edwards, head of the Edwards Family Charitable Foundation, during a recent visit to the Community Food Centre’s urban farm. “Our connection to food is so important…this gift continues the work that my Dad has done since he made his first dollar.”
The foundation is contributing $10,000 a year to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre over the next five years.
“This gift will allow so many people in Dartmouth North to grow, cook and share good food together, and to build new connections and community while they do it. We are proud to be part of the Edwards Family Foundation’s ongoing impact in this province,” said Roxanne Manning, Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which runs the Community Food Centre.
The Edwards Family Foundation was created in honour of Ernest and Bridget (Delia) Edwards who were well known pioneers in Halifax’s restaurant industry. Ernest ran his first lunch counter in 1948 before opening his own business, Edwards Fine Foods.
Over the years Edwards owned eight lunch counters and the Town & Country restaurant on Quinpool Road, but he is perhaps best known for bringing the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise to Atlantic Canada and for the close personal relationship he forged with Colonel Sanders over the years.
Even after he retired, food figured prominently in Edwards’ life as he bought land in Prospect so he could clear and tend his own family farm. The family foundation was created in the 80s with a focus on supporting organizations working in children’s health, family poverty and food security