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When you purchase a subscription to Spezzatino or donate to the Healthy Food Bank, where does your money go?

100% of your contribution — yes, all of it — goes to funding healthy food purchase for food banks and food agencies.

In late 2009, after one year of Spezzatino‘s publication, we held An Evening Of Food Stories at The Stop Community Food Centre.

Thanks to folks like you, who support us with your Spezzatino subscriptions and Healthy Food Bank donations, we were able to present The Stop with our first donation of $15,000. $15,000 raised in one year of publication — all by volunteers — and starting from nothing? Well, we’re kinda proud of that.

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Spezzatino editor Krista Scott-Dixon, The Stop's ED Nick Saul, and Spezzatino publisher Phil Caravaggio

The Stop is an amazing organization, and we’re thrilled to be able to support them.

Thank you again for helping us make that possible… and for enabling publisher Phil Caravaggio to live his dream of presenting someone with a giant novelty cheque.

At the event, we did a unusual kind of potluck — a potluck of meaning. We asked guests to bring a dish that was meaningful or significant to them, and to tell the story of that dish. We snapped each person’s photo, and immortalized their story with place cards.

The "potluck of meaning": participants brought a dish that was meaningful to them, and told their food stories

The "potluck of meaning": participants brought a dish that was meaningful to them, and told their food stories

Guests listen to speakers amidst overflowing tables of potlucky goodness

Guests listen to speakers amidst overflowing tables of potlucky goodness

Other food was provided by The Stop’s chef, Chris Brown (who made us a spezzatino!) and the Afghan Women’s Catering Organization (whom we profiled in Vol 4). Mark Trealout from Kawartha Ecological Growers treated us to delicious, tender, fresh-picked greens.

Special thanks to the incredible generosity of J. Cipelli Wines and Spirits and Martin Jordan (whom we interviewed in Vol 2), which enabled us to have a fun, unusual wine bar in The Stop’s greenhouse (!); and to Ryan Smolkin of Smoke’s Poutinerie, whose mobile poutine unit brought much joy to the huddled masses.

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"Hmmm... give me one of everything"