MLAs & donors serve brunch to celebrate ‘culture of giving’ in Dartmouth North

Local generosity will raise $40k this holiday season

On Tuesday, November 27th, Dartmouth MLAs Susan Leblanc and Claudia Chender will join supporters and volunteers at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre to serve a special Giving Tuesday brunch in celebration of the community’s spirit of giving.

Date: Tuesday, November 27th

Time: Drop-in brunch served beginning at 10am

Remarks at 11am

“Every week we need to fill 100 volunteer spaces to make our programs possible and every week this community responds. Sixty-eight per cent of our volunteers are people who also access our programs. I can’t think of a better example of giving back” said Caralee McDaniel, Acting Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

The brunch is also being held to launch the organization’s Good Food Matters Matching campaign, which is doubling its goal this year. Thanks to the following businesses and individuals, every donation up to $20,000 will be matched, bringing a total of $40,000 into the community:

• NorthWest Healthcare Properties

• The Levenhurst Foundation

• Innovative Real Estate

• Rene Leclerc & Andrea Bowie

• Three anonymous donors

“This is our biggest campaign of the year,” said McDaniel. “It has a huge impact on our programs and introduces us to so many new friends and neighbours.”

The Good Food Matters Matching campaign was established two years ago by an anonymous donor who wanted to encourage others to support the new Community Food Centre by matching their gifts.

“This is not just a place to eat,” the donor said when the campaign was launched. “It’s a place where people grow food together, make friends, and find their voice. It’s so simple and do-able and yet so powerful.”

The campaign begins on Giving Tuesday, a day when charities across North America raise funds in support of their work, and will run until December 31st. Donations can be made at

About the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which has supported young families in the community for almost 25 years. In 2015, the Family Centre expanded its reach and opened the Community Food Centre in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada, making it possible to engage with people of all ages, with particular emphasis on those who are marginalized due to social and economic vulnerability.

The Community Food Centre is one of 10 across Canada. Find out more at