SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday January 1, 2020!
All members are invited! More details soon!
Thursday January 9th , 6pm-8pm
Tuesday January 14th , 10am-12pm
Saturday January 18th , 10am-12pm
Tuesday January 21st, 6pm-8pm
Saturday January 25th , 10am-12pm
Thursday January 30th, 10am – 12pm
According to the latest “Who’s Hungry” report by the Daily Bread Food Bank, food bank visits in Toronto are back to levels seen during the height of the recession, almost ten years ago.
Kate Halsey, a food bank coordinator for Yonge Street Mission in Regent Park, reports that they register 3 new users on a daily basis, “ranging from newcomers to Canada who have Master’s and PhD degrees, but not enough money for food; people who go back to school and are paying tuition; and people who are just trying to make ends meet at the end of the month. It could be anyone, it could be your neighbor, it could be your grandmother, your best friend. It could also be the man on the corner. There’s not a population we serve more than others.”
Indeed, many of our own co-op members may be going without proper nourishment.
With this in mind, DFC is launching the Nourish program, aimed at alleviating the food gap for our own co-op members who may be in need. Nourish will be funded through internal and external donations, that will enable us to maintain and allocate $25.00 grocery gift cards to members, by request, as needed. All requests are strictly confidential, and can be made to Ali or Ryan, starting in early December.
All members have to do is ask.
The co-op will be accepting monetary donations from members who are able to contribute to the Nourish fund. If members were planning on giving a holiday gift to staff, we ask that you please consider a Nourish donation instead. No amount is too small, and all donations will be gratefully accepted. Please stay tuned for more details about how to donate.
What is the Helping Hands Program?
The aim of the program is to pair senior co-op members (or co-op members experiencing some mobility challenges) with other members who can help with basic errands or chores. Some examples of the kinds of support might be:
o Picking up groceries / supplies
o Picking up prescriptions
o Assisting with light household projects (i.e. moving some furniture etc)
o Accompanying individual to important appointments
o What volunteers can’t do: Banking, Laundry, Personal Care, Routine House Cleaning
How does it work?
o Once you are confirmed to be taking part in the program you will contact me directly with some specific help / assistance that you might need and when you need it (advance planning is key).
o I will then reach out to co-op members that have offered their help and see who is available to assist. Once an effective match is made, I will put the two members in touch with each other.
Right now we would like to hear from members who might need some support AND members who can provide some support. If you would like to take part in this program or would like to get more information, please feel free to contact me directly.
Community Projects Coordinator
Diane Frankling Housing Co-op
416 920 7340 x204 / firstname.lastname@example.org