Dine Easy is a social enterprise that cooks and delivers fresh, nutritious meals to university and college students.
Dine Easy was formed out of the necessity for an affordable, hassle-free, and healthy meal service for university and college students. Most students do not have the time or expertise to grocery shop and cook well-balanced meals for themselves and this is where Dine Easy comes in.
All of our ingredients are carefully hand-picked by our Executive Chef, Jay, who has over 35 years of experience in the food service and hospitality industry.
Help us make a difference in our community and
Dine Easy is a social enterprise, which means it is a business that sells goods and/or services in the market place for the dual purpose of generating income and achieving a social, cultural and/or environmental mission.
- More than 35,000 people in the London area are living in extreme poverty, according to a 2016 study from the Poverty Research Centre at King’s University College. The same study found that in December 2005, 63.6% of London’s population aged 15+ was employed but at the end of 2015, only 60.3% of the same demographic was employed. It is evident that there is still work to be done.
- We aim to alleviate this by partnering with partially government funded employment organizations to hire individuals with employment barriers in the London community and give them meaningful, on-the-job training through our Chef's Assistant program. The employees go through a three-week pre-employment training program where they receive tangible kitchen employment experience and various certifications such as Safe Food Handler, WHMIS and Smart Serve. Then, they work in our kitchen as Chef's Assistants for a few months, cooking a myriad of meals, until we can finally help them acquire full-time foodservice positions in the London community.
- More than 26,000 people in the London area are food insecure and two out of three Londoners are not eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, according to a 2016 study from the Poverty Research Centre at King’s University College. To address this, we offer customers the opportunity to purchase a meal at 50% off for every meal they purchase for themselves, which then get donated to local community organizations that work with the homeless and less fortunate. At the end of each day, all excess cooked meals that are not delivered to customers are also donated to these community organizations.
- A 2016 study by Meal Exchange, surveying over 4000 university students on 5 campuses across the country, found that 39% of students experienced some form of food insecurity. We aim to alleviate this by providing well-balanced and nutritious meals at an affordable price. For a cost per meal cheaper than the vast majority of comparable fast food establishments, we provide students with fresh meals usually consisting of carbohydrate, protein and vegetable portions.
- A 2014 study by VCM International, found that over 40% of all annual food produced in Canada is wasted, a quantifiable face-value amount of $31 billion. We ensure our food wastage is minimized by matching the amount of ingredients we buy to the orders we have and also, through our community meal donations at the end of every business day.
- In addition, our meal containers are made of pulped paper, which means they are recyclable/compostable and our delivery bags are made of brown kraft paper, making them also recyclable. This ensures that our environmental footprint is minimized, something that is traditionally a prevalent issue in the food service industry.