All In is an inclusive, community-led initiative that aims to better our neighbourhood. We believe that connecting through food and in both developing and sharing our talents we can make all our lives better.
All In was started in 2013 to address a critical gap in services to the area and in response to the North of the Danforth Area (NODA) Research Project conducted by South Riverdale Community Health Centre. Household income and access to affordable, quality food, childcare, children and youth programs and primary health care and dentistry were key issues identified by community members who participated in the research.
We have seen that our initiatives such as community kitchens, the children’s garden and food workshops can both improve people’s access to healthy and affordable food/meals as well as help foster connections and skills/ knowledge sharing across the community.
All In is run primarily by community volunteers and receives support from many partner agencies who work in the area including:
- South Riverdale Community Health Centre
- Kennedy House Youth Shelter
- East York Community Centre, City of Toronto
- Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Danforth East York
- Bethany Baptist Church
- Toronto Public Health
All In is primarily volunteer run with minimal costs. We are grateful to have received a grant from the Carrot Cache which supports the operations of our Children’s Garden and Community Kitchen in 2017.
South Riverdale CHC continues to provide in-kind support for childcare for many of our activities, making it possible for many people with children to participate.
Community Advisory Group
All In is operated by a Community Advisory Group (CAG) who consists of local residents and representatives from our partner agencies. The CAG provides support and direction to proposed initiatives that improve the health of both individuals living in the Pape and Cosburn area, and the broader community. The CAG works to ensure that initiatives are community-led and provide a welcoming and safe forum for people to share ideas and seeks to reflect the diversity of the community. It is open to anyone who supports the mission and who lives or works in the neighbourhood.
2017 has been a very busy year for us as we continued with our primary initiatives (the community kitchens and children’s garden) and have grown by adding a few more.
- Community Kitchens: Once a month, we run a community kitchen at the East York Community Centre and Bethany Baptist Church.
- Children’s Garden: From May through September we are hosting a weekly garden drop-in sessions Tuesday afternoons 4 – 6 pm at the Children’s Garden adjacent to the East York Community Centre
- Kids Can Cook: A free healthy cooking program for children ages 6 – 12. Led by a registered dietician.
- Community Mural: You may have noticed that the East York Community Centre received a facelift! In July, the large scale community mural was installed. The mural was a signature project of the City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot and implemented in partnership with VIBE Arts.
- Annual Harvest Festival: Coming up on Sept 23rd 1 – 4 pm at the Children’s Garden, next to the East York Community Centre, 1081 1/2 Pape Ave. Come by for games, food and drink, entertainment and community building!
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