Hawthorne Food & Drink
60 Richmond Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1N8 

We are a full-service restaurant and catering supplier in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core. We have experience managing logistics and the execution of:

Formal Dinners (including Weddings)
Cocktail Receptions
Catered Breakfasts and Lunches (Hot or Plattered)

The Huffington Post & BlogTO listed Hawthorne as one of the top restaurants to visit during Winterlicious

Social Value: A not-for-profit restaurant dedicated to training new entrants and current workers for Toronto’s hospitality industry. This includes recent newcomers, persons with disabilities and at-risk youth. Two-thirds of Hawthorne’s staff are in paid training contracts.

Clients include: CIBC, Green Living Enterprises, Unite Here Local 75


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Paintbox Catering & Bistro
555 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7  

We offer a venue in downtown Toronto suitable for meetings or receptions up to 150 people, as well as offsite catering services for parties of any size; We are a full-service licensed restaurant seating 110 people. Our food is prepared from scratch using high-quality ingredients and expert culinary technique. We offer professional event design and management for all occasions.

Social Value: We aim to bring about positive social change in the community by empowering people to build confidence, self-respect and provide pleasure to others through training and career path opportunities. With each delicious bite, you will be helping to make someone’s life better.

Clients include: The Daniels Corporation, MaRS, MLSE, MDC Partners

(647) 748-0555
Out of this World Cafe
100 Stokes St., Toronto, ON M6J 1H4

We provide catering services for business meetings and buffets and we can serve events from five to more than one hundred.

Able to provide services on short notice
Able to customize menus for special events.

We are also pleased to develop custom menus and assist in selecting the appropriate items and quantities for your event.

Social Value: We provide training and employment opportunities to individuals marginalized by addiction and/or mental illness. Unemployment rates are reported to be as high as 85% among our target population. Employment and training engages individuals in society, reduces dependence on social service programs and improves physical and mental health.

Clients include: CIBC, TD Bank, CAMH, Toronto General Hospital, St. Mike’s Hospital

416-535-8501 x 33006
KLINK Coffee
2185 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1K4

All KLINK Coffee is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified premium coffee and is available in whole bean or specialized grinds.

Portion packs sized and ground specifically for 8-10 cup drip machines
¾ lb. bags, whole bean or ground for filter machines or more coarsely for urns/percolators
2 lb. bags for larger volumes, also whole bean or specialized grinds

Social Value: KLINK assists individuals, particularly those returning home from prison, in obtaining greater access to the workforce.  The employment readiness training, work placements, direct employment and other supports provided, help these individuals directly while promoting safer communities.

Clients include TO2015, United Way Toronto, City of Toronto Shelter Support

Nish Dish Marketeria & Catering

Get ready to meet & greet one of the nations first Owned and Operated Aboriginal Food emporiums specializing in our Native cuisine and culture right here in Toronto. Traditional Chef, Johl Ringuette, yearned for the indigenous foods from his childhood such as wild game, freshwater fish, berries, and maple syrup, so he set out to provide Aboriginal catering to the urban community.

Social Value: When the community comes together wiisnid (to eat) it is our feast, and we give thanks for what is provided. This is the most basic way to share, support each other, and inspire learning. We understand how to return to our ways in a world so different than it once was. This revitalized knowledge brings to light a path to healing the health disorders now dominant in our communities.

Clients include Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, David Suzuki Foundation, TDSB

(416) 450-3245
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519 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

FABARNAK provides food, beverage and event services both on-site at the 519 Community Centre and beyond! Some of our offerings are:

Fresh, homemade food to meet all tastes – Anything from simple snacks and small bites to a multi-course feast (delivery available for an additional charge).
Fully staffed events, receptions and cocktail parties, including canapés and bar service
Customized dishes and individualized menus to meet all occasions – if we don’t offer it, we can probably make it for you!

Social Value: FABARNAK offers a structured, one-year training and employment program for those who have faced barriers to employment and are looking for a rewarding role within the hospitality industry. Led by our team of industry professionals, FABARNAK's program is inclusive and non-judgemental. In the past, we've worked with trans youth undergoing a gender transition, newcomers to Canada with limited Canadian work experience, and young people in recovery from addiction. Additionally, we are a non-profit initiative; all proceeds from our catering and café sales go to support the vital programs and services of the 519. About the 519: http://www.the519.org/about

Clients include Ministry of Education, Treasury Board Secretariat, Ryerson University, Canada’s National Ballet School, TD Bank

Friends Catering
145 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1S1

Friends Catering can cater events large or small. We feature a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, breaks and receptions. We can cater events be they large or small, cold or hot, high end and affordable. Our menus provide a number of delicious options but we also cater customize menus according to our client’s needs. We deliver our meals and can also provide staffing for any type of function.

Social Value: Friends Catering provides jobs for individuals in our community who are experiencing substantial barriers to finding employment.  We work with newcomers and people re-entering the workforce, as well as people dealing with addiction and issues of mental health. We provide training and work experience in the foodservice industry while giving our trainees the support needed to move forward with their employment and educational goals.

Clients include Health Force Ontario, Tippet Foundation, Ontario Women’s Directorate, Ministry of Community and Social Services, City of Toronto Social Policy, Analysis & Research and The Logistics Institute.

A-Way Express
2168 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4C 1K3

An environmentally sustainable business choice with zero footprint. With our state-of-the-art Qualikom System, we can place and track your order with ease and give you a price quote instantly.

Same-day courier service with a roster of 50 couriers
Basic rate from $6 to $20
Delivery by public transit

You add nothing to city pollution or congestion by choosing A-Way.

Social Value: In 1987, A-Way Express was established by survivors of mental health challenges.  We provide meaningful employment opportunities, promote work as central to poverty-reduction, health and wellbeing, and community integration. We employ 60 people in a supportive workplace that promotes stability and recovery from mental health issues.

Clients include Ryerson University, Toronto Lawyers Assoc., NOW Magazine



(416) 424-2266 x 225
Good Foot Delivery
720 Bathurst Street, Unit 411, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

We are a not-for-profit courier organization that uses only public transit (TTC) and walking to make all of our deliveries. Resulting in an environmentally friendly, in addition to socially responsible, courier service.

2 service levels for deliveries: basic (delivered by 5 pm) and express (delivered in 2.5 hours)
Last orders for same day deliveries are 2:30 pm and 4 pm for basic and express, respectively.
We’ve partnered with UPS to facilitate Canada-wide deliveries for our customers at a 30% UPS discount.

Social Value: The national average unemployment rate is 7.2%. For people with disabilities, the rate is 25% to 50% (varies depending on how you measure). With an unemployment rate 3x to 7x higher than the national average, it’s evident that people with disabilities can struggle to find work. At Good Foot, we’re looking to change that. Over the past 5 years, we have grown into a flourishing, not for profit courier organization with nearly 30 staff living with developmental disabilities. For our staff, Good Foot provides an opportunity for financial independence, self-direction, and responsibility, as well as a community to which they are integral contributors. A 2014 University of Toronto report on our operations shows that for every $1 that goes into Good Foot, there is $2.36 of Social Return on Investment.

Clients include CIBC, Beanfield MetroConnect, Robins Appleby LLP, Niche Essential Meals

(416) 572-3771 
Interpreter Services Toronto
503-489 College St., Toronto, ON M6G 1A5

With a roster of 300 interpreters and over 200 languages, IST provides exceptional, professional interpretation and translation services to health, legal, business, government and other organizations in the GTA 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Getting the message right the first time saves time, saves face, and saves money!

Social Value: IST is a social purpose enterprise of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence. Profits generated from IST are used to subsidize the cost of interpreter training for immigrant and refugee women. Our well-trained and fairly paid interpreters enrich the community by providing greater access to affordable interpreter services.

Clients include TO2015 Pan Am Games, The Co-operators Group Ltd.

(416) 323-9140 x 250