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Apr 2, 2013 06:41 AM

equipment donation

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?

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  1. The Stop? Or maybe your local community centre.

    10 Replies
    1. re: sweetie

      Does The Stop take food from any random person?

      1. re: justsayn

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

        1. re: LexiFirefly

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

          1. re: justsayn

            Your local food bank will take your food.

            1. re: prima

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

              1. re: justsayn

                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

              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

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


                1. re: justsayn

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

      2. You could try contacting FoodShare.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. 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

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