What is The Big Social?

The Big Social is a cross-Canada food party that happens right in your own home or workplace. The event raises money to give low-income Canadians better access to healthy food and programs that change lives. 


When is The Big Social?

The Big Social happens between November 1 and 10, 2019. 


Who should participate?

The Big Social is for everyone! Food-lovers, home cooks, families, book clubs, co-workers, and people who want to do good in their community. If you love to bring people together over food, and you want to make a difference in the lives of Canadians who are struggling with poverty and food insecurity, you should host a meal during The Big Social!


Where does the money go?

The money you raise during The Big Social will give low-income Canadians better access to healthy food and programs that change lives.

The Big Social directly funds Community Food Centre programs in Kamloops, Calgary, Winnipeg, Iqaluit, Stratford, Hamilton, Toronto, Perth, Montreal, Eel Ground First Nation, N.B., and Dartmouth.

75% of funds raised in those communities will stay in those communities. The remaining 25% of funds will support Community Food Centres Canada to innovate new programs and  power a good food movement across Canada.


Who can join in?

Joining in is easy!

  1. Click here to register to host an event between Nov. 1 and 10. A potluck, maybe? Sunday night dinner? An 80s-themed dinner party? Office lunch club? Family dinner with a higher cause. You pick!
  2. Set your date and your fundraising goal. See the Impact page to learn about the good your Big Social can do.
  3. Invite your guests and ask them to make a donation towards your goal instead of bringing a gift.
  4. Entertain some good!


I need ideas and inspiration for my event. Can you help?

You bet! Every host who registers will get a toolkit with theme ideas, hosting tips from the pros, recipes, and lots more! You can check out some of them online here.


Can I attend just any event?

No, you can’t. The majority of Big Social events are private events that take place in people’s homes and workplaces, and are for invited guests only.


I can't host an event but I want to participate. How can I join in?

If space is your challenge, consider whether you have a friend or colleague you could join forces with to host. You could have your Big Social in community centre or school, in your condo party room, even in a park if the weather’s nice!

If time is your challenge, you can still contribute by making a direct donation to Community Food Centres Canada, or to your local Community Food Centre. It only takes a minute to donate online.


Do I have to register to participate?

We encourage people who want to host a Big Social event to register their event online. Registering will give you access to special incentives and a host toolkit filled with recipes and tips that can help make your event great. Our online platform makes it easy to plan your event, invite and communicate with your guests, and track your fundraising progress.


Do I have to donate to participate?

Donations are not mandatory, but we encourage you to donate if you can. Every donation helps us give low-income communities better access to healthy food and programs that change lives.


Will I/my guests get a tax receipt for my/our donation(s)?

Yes, people who make a donation online of any amount will receive a charitable tax receipt from Community Food Centres Canada after they’ve completed their donation.

People who make a donation by cheque or cash of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt from Community Food Centres Canada within three months of the date of the donation. For offline donations, only amounts of $20 or more will be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.


I/my guests don't want to make a donation online. How can I/they make an offline donation/pledge?

Download this pledge sheet to make and/or collect cash and/or cheque donations. When it’s complete, email it to trisha [at] cfccanada [dot] ca or mail it to Community Food Centres Canada, 80 Ward St., Suite 100, Toronto ON M6H 4A6.


I'm a host. Will I be reimbursed for the costs of putting on my Big Social event?

We are not able to reimburse hosts for costs associated with hosting their Big Social event.


I'm busy between November 1 and 10, but I really want to participate. Can I host my Big Social event before or after those dates?

If you’re not able to host an event during the campaign period of November 1 to 10, you can still register your event and host it at a time that’s more convenient for you.


Something's come up and I have to cancel my event. Can I remove my event from the website?

Contact Trisha Starostina at 416 531 8826 ext 303 or trisha [at] cfccanada [dot] ca.


Something's come up and I have to cancel my event. What happens to the donations made to my fundraising page?

Donations made to your fundraising page are final transactions and can’t be reimbursed. We thank you for your generous contributions to giving low-income communities better access to healthy food and programs that change lives.


How do I refer a friend to register?

Share the campaign website with them and encourage them to host their own event!


Can I designate the money I raise to a specific community or Community Food Centre?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to offer this option this year.

If you live in a community where we have a partner Community Food Centre, 75% of the money you raise will automatically be directed to them. If you live in a community where there’s no Community Food Centre, the money you raise will help Community Food Centres innovate new programs and power a national movement for good food.


Need some help setting up or using your Big Social page?
Check out our quickstart guide, which will walk you through everything from setting up and customizing your page, to sharing it with friends and family, to checking on how your event is doing.
Having trouble with your fundraising page? Not working as you expected?
If you need some help troubleshooting an issue on your Big Social page, please send an email to Trisha Starostina at trisha [at] cfccanada [dot] ca or give her a call at  416 531 8826 ext 303. When reporting your issue, please make note of the operating system (iOS, Windows, Android) and the web browser you were using.