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biggreenmatt Apr 2, 2013 06:41 AM

With any luck the nice people at CH will let this thread go a bit, even though it's a little off-track.

I have some brand new basic cooking equipment (pots, pans, etc.) that I'd like to donate, ideally to a charity that teaches cooking to low-income or otherwise disadvantaged people in the GTA.

Any ideas?

  1. sweetie Apr 2, 2013 07:34 AM

    The Stop? Or maybe your local community centre.

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    1. re: sweetie
      justsayn Apr 2, 2013 07:35 AM

      Does The Stop take food from any random person?

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        LexiFirefly Apr 2, 2013 07:37 AM

        It's not food it's cookware, I doubt there would be a health code issue with that, but in this city who knows!

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          justsayn Apr 2, 2013 07:42 AM

          No no, I have some food I wish to donate so I am wondering...

          1. re: justsayn
            prima Apr 2, 2013 08:13 AM

            Your local food bank will take your food.

            1. re: prima
              justsayn Apr 2, 2013 08:58 AM

              Thanks Prima. The problem is that it is frozen perishable. So I am unsure where to go.

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                prima Apr 2, 2013 09:21 AM

                I'd recommend calling a food bank to check if they have any ideas.I know some food banks take perishables in the summer, so I'd think some might be able take frozen perishables.
                Some soup kitchens and shelters also might be able to use your frozen food.

            2. re: justsayn
              LexiFirefly Apr 2, 2013 09:11 AM

              The stop probably won't but it doesn't hurt to ask. The problem with donating almost any food is they can't track it per haccp ect. And Toronto public health is
              Super anal on those things (as they should be!)

              1. re: LexiFirefly
                justsayn Apr 2, 2013 09:16 AM

                OK well it sounds like I will hold a public bbq in the park and be done with it! : )


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                  LexiFirefly Apr 2, 2013 10:38 AM

                  Don't forget to invite me! I'll even make a donation!

                  1. re: LexiFirefly
                    justsayn Apr 2, 2013 10:50 AM

                    Deal! Time to meet some CHers!

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        lavender07 Apr 2, 2013 07:45 AM

        You could try contacting FoodShare.

        1. prima Apr 2, 2013 08:11 AM

          I'd check with the Stop first (as recommended by others), if you want it connected to classes.

          The Furniture Bank accepts pots and pans, etc. , and they might be able to give you a tax receipt for the donation.

          I've also donated cookware to St. Vincent de Paul and Goodwill.

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            LJS2 Apr 2, 2013 08:15 AM

            Glad this thread remains. Great suggestions. However if none of them pan out consider contacting a women's shelter. When people are ready to leave the shelter usually with young children they often have nothing. We have given away cooking equipment, kitchen tables and chairs and other furniture in the past. The shelter makes arrangements for the women to pick the donated stuff up. Whatever you decide to do it is all good.

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              pakmode Apr 2, 2013 08:23 AM

              Hey Matt,

              This is a great move on your part.

              Off the top of my head I would think a Boys and Girls Club or a Women's Shelter. But I recall this article about a restaurant that teaches Regent Park youth, worth a read and maybe it provides a starting point.



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              1. re: pakmode
                LexiFirefly Apr 2, 2013 10:39 AM

                Love, like love the women's shelter idea! Just make sure, if your not female, to have a woman bring it in!

              2. Googs Apr 2, 2013 08:51 AM

                I can't think of many better organized organizations than the people who run the 519 Church Street Community Centre. Fabernak does what you want it to do.

                1. biggreenmatt Apr 2, 2013 09:38 AM

                  Wow, thanks for all the kind replies! I'll be sure to make some calls this weekend!

                  1. Kagemusha Apr 2, 2013 01:29 PM

                    Eden Community Food Bank in Mississauga is building a community kitchen and would likely welcome any kitchen gear you had.


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