ESS operates a Mobile Food Bank program that delivers nutritious food hampers to older adults who are unable to access other food banks in Etobicoke. Over 50 people depend on this program to receive food and to eat on a weekly basis.
SAVE THE DATE: This #GivingTuesday, on November 29th, we are raising funds to support the operations of our Mobile Food Bank program, which is removing obstacles to food access amongst the vulnerable members of our community.
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION: Visit our#GivingTuesday fundraising pageon November 29th to make a secure online donation. We are partnering with Home Instead Charities, who is offering up to $5,000 of matching dollars. This means your donation on GivingTuesday can potentially be doubled.
***Note, matching dollars are given on a first come, first served basis and are limited until the pool of available funds is exhausted. The best chance of having your donation matched, is by making it as early as possible on November 29th. GivingTuesday opens at 12AM EST November 29th. Only donations made on our fundraising page are eligible to be matched.
ABOUT OUR MOBILE FOOD BANK
Food insecurity affects almost 1 in 5 Toronto households and is a serious public health issue. – City of Toronto
According to the Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest 2021 Who’s Hungry report, Toronto Food Banks have seen the highest number of food bank visits ever recorded in the city’s history. In 2021, there were close to 1.45 million visits; a 47% increase compared to the prior year.
In 2021, ESS became a member of the Daily Bread Food Bank and established our own Mobile Food Bank program to help address the increase in food insecurity in our local community.
Our program delivers weekly food hampers to vulnerable older adults who are experiencing obstacles to accessing other food banks. Barriers include having to wait on foot in long lines, or not having the means to get to food banks and transport food home.
These food hampers offer a reliable food source that includes nutritious staples such as fresh produce and proteins each week.
Since opening, our Mobile Food Bank program has grown from supporting 20 clients per month, to over 50. Today, we order, package, and deliver over 250 food hampers per month.
Your support this #GivingTuesday will help us continue operating our Mobile Food Bank, which many community members depend on to receive food and to eat.