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International Women's Week: Buy a boxed lunch in support of Women Building Futures

Women-owned and led, A Cappella Catering and Italian Centre Shop mark International Women's Week with a boxed lunch supporting women in the community.
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A Cappella Catering and the Italian Centre Shop celebrate International Women's Week with a boxed lunch--funds raised will go to Women Building Futures. Photo submitted.

It's a no-brainer for Kim Mahoney and her staff at A Cappella Catering to support organizations like Women Building Futures (WBF). The Edmonton-based non-profit organization, which offers programs and support services to help unemployed and underemployed women explore and connect to careers that pay above a living wage is an area Mahoney--and many women in business--can relate too.

"I never thought when I started bartending it'd lead to this," said Mahoney of her trajectory over 20 years, going from driver, server and bartender with the locally-owned and operated catering company to the top position today. "We're grateful for our success, and know it's important to give back to organizations--places like Ronald McDonald House, (through A Cappella's Take and Bake offerings, and volunteering at the charity's Home for Dinner program), plus Hope Mission, Mustard Seed and The Bissell Centre. And it's the same for International Women's Week--this is our way to help bring awareness, and celebrate and honour women in the community too."

For this year's International Women's Week, March 7-11, two women-owned and led businesses, A Cappella Catering, and the Italian Centre Shops (Teresa Spinelli at the helm) have joined forces to create a $25, three-course boxed lunch in support of Women Building Futures.

The hearty lunch includes a Greek salad, a signature turkey sandwich or roast vegetable wrap, fruit kabob and for dessert, the Italian Centre's signature Tiramisu Cup, available for free pickup or delivery (for a small fee). Ten dollars from every box sold will be directed to food security programs for women (and their children) in WBF's affordable housing program.

“Our mission is to support women’s economic security through employment training and support services. Many of the women we serve are faced with multiple barriers and often include food insecurities," said Carol Moen, President & CEO of Women Building Futures. “The funds from this collaboration will be directed to our pantry, which supports women in our programs and affordable housing units in Edmonton. Thank you to A Cappella Catering and Italian Centre Shop for their generosity in support of International Women’s Day.”

To order the boxed lunch in support of WBF throughout International Women's Week, call A Cappella Catering at 780-454-2642 or email [email protected]

Founded in Edmonton in 1991 by Todd Rutter, A Cappella Catering Co. has been a quiet pillar in the Edmonton food community, offering advanced and efficient off-site catering operations. The company has over 100 employees (pre-COVID) who work in the kitchen, as bartenders, servers or drivers of the nearly 20 vans in the fleet.