McInnes Cooper completes five-year pledge to Atlantic Canada’s first Community Food Centre
Members from McInnes Cooper were on hand today to celebrate the impact the in the firm is making in Dartmouth North and a founding sponsor of the Community Food Centre.
The firm presented the final cheque of its $25,000 commitment to help get Atlantic Canada’s first Community Food Centre up and running.
McInnes Cooper was the first corporate partner to join the capital campaign organized by the Dartmouth Family Centre and Community Food Centres Canada as they prepared to open the Community Food Centre.
Ray Adlington, former Managing Partner and CEO and current President of the Canadian Bar Association, sat on the fundraising committee.
“Our Board knew the Community Food Centre could have a tremendous impact,” said Wendy Fraser, newly appointed Executive Director of Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “They needed corporate partners who believed in our vision, and McInnes Cooper was there for the organization at a critical time.”
In one year alone, McInnes Cooper’s support made it possible for the Family Centre and Community Food Centre to:
• Serve 20,100 meals and snacks
• Log 8,500 visits to our drop in
• Offer 315 program sessions
• Engage more than 146 volunteers, who contributed 7,400 hours
McInnes Cooper members also volunteered to help ‘Farmer Rob’ in the Community Farm, which grew more than 3,000 lbs of food this past season.
“Our partnership with the Dartmouth Community Food Centre is a welcome addition to our Collective Social Responsibility Program because it provides an opportunity to advance our priorities of food access and community building,” said Andrea Hewitt, CSR Coordinator for McInnes Cooper. “It’s also been rewarding to see our members volunteer at the Centre and deepen their appreciation for the impact our support is having on the community.”
Community Food Centres build health, belonging, and social justice through the power of food. There are a total of 10 similar centres across Canada.