6 Toronto Cafe and Catering Enterprises That Help the Community

Toronto, Ontario, Canada I recently finished a research paper for my masters program that focused on community economic development. As...

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I recently finished a research paper for my masters program that focused on community economic development. As part of my final project for the course we were asked to focus on an organization that focuses on a type of community development. While conducting my preliminary research I came across Out of This World Cafe and was amazed by the work they do. Located in the heart of Toronto, Out of This World Cafe is unique as it is operated by individuals with mental health and addiction histories. The cafe is adjacent to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Although I have never visited this cafe (or any of these listed in my post), I was really impressed by the work that is being done. How many of you spend money on big chain coffee shops instead of helping out your local community? Probably a lot of you, myself included. So here is a list for those living in and visiting Toronto, of places to check out and support a great cause! Please note that I am writing this willingly, out of personal interest, and have not been endorsed by any of these organizations to write about them.
Photo Credit: Out of this World Cafe
Located at 100 Stokes St., Out of This World Cafe offers freshly made coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and other snacks, all at affordable prices. They also offer catering. This cafe provides employment opportunities to individuals with mental health and addictions histories.

Photo Credit: The Raging Spoon
Located at 1658 Queen St. W., The Raging Spoon offers a variety of delicious treats, from hors d'oeuvres to desserts, to organic products. They provide economic and leadership opportunities to the psychiatric consumer and psychiatric survivor community. Their goal is to reduce discrimination and educate the community about mental health issues.

Photo Credit: Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre 
Located at 850 Bloor St.W., LOFT Kitchen offers homemade and nutritious breakfast and lunch meal options. They provide employment opportunities for low-income and marginalized individuals. Their target is youth, to ensure that they receive proper employment opportunities in their community.

Photo Credit: KLINK Coffee
Located at 2185 Danforth Ave., KLINK Coffee offers coffee products at reasonable prices. Although it doesn't appear that you can purchase a freshly made coffee in store, you can purchase their coffee products to support a great cause. They provide employment opportunities for those returning home from prison. Often, those who leave prison have a hard time finding employment, so KLINK helps these individuals overcome this obstacle.

Photo Credit: Common Ground Co-Operative
Located at 6 Overlea Boulevard, Lemon & Allspice provides catering services. Some of their products include homemade cookies, muffins, wraps, and sandwiches. They provide employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. If you or your company uses catering services, consider Lemon & Allspice as a way to help your local community. 

Photo Credit: Common Ground Co-Operative 
The Coffee Shed has 3 locations, at Surrey Place Centre in Downtown Toronto, The University of Toronto's New College Campus, and JVS Toronto located at Dufferin and Tycos. The Coffee Shed sells organically grown fair trade coffee, along with freshly made treats and sandwiches. Just like Lemon & Allspice, The Coffee Shed provides employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. If you are close to any of these three locations, be sure to check them out!

Are there any other cafes, catering companies, or enterprises in Toronto that you feel should be added to this list? Please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Travels!

Andrea 

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2 comments

  1. Just a small correction: out of this world cafe is at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (there is no "illnesses" in the name) :)

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  2. Thanks Maja! I got it right from their website.

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