CRC’s Building Lives Benefit tackles hunger and Regent Park’s high child poverty rate – Monday, October 24, 2016


Download the Building Lives Benefit press release here.

September 22, 2016: In 2015, Regent Park had the highest child poverty rate in Canada and 46% of residents lived on low income.

The CRC/ Regent Park Community Food Centre has been building lives and providing practical assistance to Torontonians marginalized by poverty since 1964. On Monday, October 24th, CRC will host their second Building Lives Benefit and Fundraiser to boost its work in this area and celebrate its achievements.

CRC goes beyond food banks to address the issues that keep people in poverty by building nutrition, life and cooking skills, offering programs that foster community resilience, and engaging local residents in social change.  CRC addresses many of these needs with dedicated staff and over 29,000 volunteer hours per year.

In 2015, CRC:

  • served 62,000 delicious nutrient-dense meals;
  • supported 187 community gardens;
  • held over 100 family and child-centered food skills and food security sessions;
  • provided 87 units of permanent housing at 40 Oaks;
  • provided 1066 housing support actions; and
  • created 35,000+ hours of employment through its social enterprise programmes and sent 10 people onto full time roles with larger organizations

The presenting sponsor for the Building Lives Benefit is Equitable Bank. Many others are supporting the event with funds and services.  The evening will feature musical performances from some of Canada’s most celebrated musicians and performers including Jackie Richardson, Shakura S’Aida, Juan Chioran, Paul Williamson and the Regent Park School of Music Senior Choir, emceed by Ross Petty, all under the direction of David Warrack.  For more information, see

The CRC Building Lives Benefit on Monday, October 24, aims to raise $250,000 for CRC’s critical work in Regent Park.  CRC housing and food support stories can be seen at and

Media are encouraged to attend the CRC Building Lives Benefit.  Interviews, photo opportunities and visits can be arranged by contacting:

Sonia Hsiung                                                     Marilyn Wright                                       
416-363-4234 x276                                           416-990-6200

Building Lives Benefit
Monday October 24, 2016  6:30 – 9:00PM
Daniel’s Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto