The Big Social FAQs

If you’re new to The Big Social or need a bit of help setting up your page, this guide will help you learn more about the the event and how it works. 

Getting Started

The Big Social happens during the month of October.

The Big Social is for everyone! Those who appreciate sharing a great meal with family and friends and believe all Canadians have the right to the same. Chefs and wanna-be chefs, food lovers, families, social clubs, and colleagues have all participated in this fun experience. If you love bringing  people together over food, and you want to make a difference in the lives of Canadians experiencing food insecurity, take part in The Big Social!

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

You can choose to direct the donations from your Big Social to Community Food Centres Canada or any of our Community Food Centres across Canada. Learn more about our partners across the country.

Getting involved is easy!

  1. Register to host a fundraiser in October.

  2. Set a fundraising goal.

  3. Cook, create, or connect with friends or family.

  4. Invite them to make a donation to help low-income communities.

  5. Share food. Change lives.

The majority of Big Social events are private events and are for invited guests only.

If space is your challenge, consider whether you have a friend or colleague you could join forces with to host.

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.

We encourage people who want to host a Big Social event to register their event online. Our online platform makes it easy to plan your event, invite and communicate with your guests, and track your fundraising progress.

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.

If you’re not able to host an event during October, you can still register your event and host it at a time that’s more convenient for you.


How to participate

The great thing is, The Big Social can be whatever you want it to be. It can definitely be virtual and it can be safe and in line with local public health guidelines. 

There are three ways you can take part:

  1. Cook: Make something delicious and drop it off to friends or family for a donation.
  2. Create: Share your favourite recipe. Make or bake it together with your pod.
  3. Connect: Host a dinner party and ask your guests to donate.

You can also take a photo of your meal or gathering, share on social, and ask your network to make a donation and help those who are struggling to put good food on the table. Even during the weekday!

Beyond planning a fun event, and inviting your friends to make a donation, we recommend you have your guests sign the waiver, especially if you plan on hosting an in-person event.  This will protect you in your role as organizer of the event, as well as Community Food Centres Canada as the organizer of the event. 

The person fundraising will provide all important event details. If you haven't already, don't forget to make a donation to their event page to help them reach their goal. If you’re attending an event, be sure to review this waiver and agree to the terms and conditions for participation. 

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.

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

The Big Social is a fundraising event to raise money to support low-income communities. We are not able to reimburse hosts for costs associated with hosting their Big Social event.

Contact Simone Robinson at 416 531 8826 ext 303 or simone [at] cfccanada [dot] ca.

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

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

If you need some help troubleshooting an issue on your Big Social page, please send an email to Simone Robinson at simone [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.