This past Saturday, January 24th, Rawcology held its debut dinner event in High Park. I’m thrilled and incredibly grateful to report that we raised over $1,700 in support of Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank (TVFB), which opens its doors this Saturday, January 31st in downtown Toronto.
Last November, Food Banks Canada reported that Canadian food bank use is still 25% higher than it was before the 2008 recession. An estimated 5-10% of North Americans identify as vegetarian. TVFB’s mission is to provide healthy, environmentally responsible and cruelty-free food to vegetarians in need. People choose to live the veggie lifestyle for a variety of important reasons, whether it’s for their health, because they’re against animal cruelty or to opt-out of the environmental damage caused by the farming of livestock. TVFB gives individuals in need the opportunity to respect their personal food values while receiving access to healthy, plant-based meals. TVFB is committed to providing all vegan-friendly food, 50% of which will be fresh whole foods. Any leftover perishable foods will be donated to TVFB’s partners at the Yonge Street Mission.
For many that attended the event, this was the first time they were introduced to eating raw vegan and it was exciting to hear the positive feedback and interest in this type of food. For Rawcology, the event was an excellent way to introduce people to our brand and mission, showcase the type of food that individuals can expect to learn how to make in our culinary classes, and make a difference in our local community by raising funds for our partner that also believes in the positive interrelationship between individuals and plant-based foods. We believe that this is the first of many events in which we raise funds for TVFB and are fully committed to the food bank’s success.
All items served at the event were 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free and refined-sugar-free.