Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Zal and Rose Breakfast fundraiser

November 15, 2023

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area (CFKA) is pleased to announce the 20th anniversary of the Zal and Rose Breakfast fundraiser in support of The Food Sharing Project, which provides over 10,000 healthy meals each week to students in 88 schools across KFL&A.

The Zal and Rose Breakfast Fund, in memory of Zal Yanovsky and Rose Richardson, supports school breakfast programs for children in Kingston and area. Zal Yanovsky and Rose Richardson were two of Kingston’s best known and beloved citizens. Zal was larger than life, Rose was his anchor. Together they committed themselves to make Kingston a vibrant place to live. They generously donated their time, talent and energies to giving back to their community.

After Zal Yanovsky died suddenly in 2002, a group of friends, colleagues and loyal patrons of Chez Piggy and Pan Chancho launched the “Zal School Breakfast Fund”, an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Kingston in 2004. After Rose Richardson passed in 2005, the Fund was renamed in her memory too. Each year, the restaurants host a breakfast fundraiser to support the Fund, and Zal’s daughter, Zoe, continues to carry on the tradition annually each December.

The breakfast is a collective effort - staff donate their time, Chez Piggy and Pan Chancho donate all of the food, and suppliers often contribute food to the cause as well. To-date, the Fund has granted $245,444 to The Food Sharing Project, and the legacy of Zal and Rose lives on by helping to feed thousands of children each year.

After four years absence, Chez Piggy will provide a dine-in option for guests. "We're so excited to welcome new guests and old friends back to Chez Piggy by offering a sit-down dine-in breakfast this year," says Zoe Yanovsky. Dates for this year's breakfast fundraisers are: 

  • Tuesday, December 12th, 2023: 7-9 am at Chez Piggy (dine-in only).  

Please call 613-549-7673 to reserve your breakfast. 

  • Wednesday, December 13th, 2023: 7-9 am at Pan Chancho (take-out only). Please call 613-544-7790 to reserve your breakfast. 

The Zal and Rose Yanovsky Breakfast Fund is a testament to the power of community and the enduring legacy of a couple who believed in giving back. For Rose and Zal, food was everything, and they found a meaningful way to share their love for food with the children of Kingston.

"The impact of the funds raised through this rich tradition cannot be understated." says FSP Chair, Brenda Moore. "We can feed a child a healthy breakfast at school for $2 a day. Thes Zal and Rose School Breakfast endowment means that we as an organization can rely on funds every year, to feed thousands of students in our school. We are so grateful."

For more information on the Zal and Rose Charity Breakfasts, call Chez Piggy at 613-549-7673 or Pan Chancho at 613-544-7790. For more information on CFKA or the Zal and Rose Yanovsky Breakfast Fund, you can visit our website at www.cfka.org or contact Stacy Kelly, our Executive Director, at ed@cfka.org or at 613-546-9696, ext. 102.  

Associated Links 

Zal and Rose Yanovsky Breakfast Fund