WHO WE ARE
The Parkdale Community Food Bank sits in the well-known Parkdale-High Park area, home to places such as Sunnyside Beach, The Canadian National Exhibition and Ontario Place. For the last six years it's been our mission to provide food for those in need, the hungry and the impoverished. We've seen an increase of families barely able to make their rent, let alone purchase food.
Partnering with the Daily Bread Food Bank and Second Harvest who provide a combined total of 70-80% of our food, we've been able to successfully meet the challenges and needs that we're faced on a daily basis. Our mutual partnership keeps our vital organization alive, as well as efforts from our community in lieu of donation drives, volunteering, and awareness.
Thank You Parkdale!
We would not exist without our partners and friends within the Parkdale Community, and for that we are blessed. If you'd like to get involved with the Parkdale Community Food Bank by any means possible, click this link to find out more information on how you can help!
The work of a food bank is to provide supplementary nutritional support to those in the society who, through unemployment, disability or economic marginalization are unable to meet all of their dietary needs. Beyond the provision of food, the Parkdale Community Food Bank must be a place of dignity, safety, respite and repose, where participants are made to feel that they are respected members of a community of mutual support. They share their gifts, and the resources available to them, based on their need, and according to their abilities. Members are encouraged to participate in the work through volunteerism, in an accepting and non-judgemental manner. By the contribution of each member to the other, we seek to lift each other up.
The food bank seeks to empower the broader community to contribute to the work, and to support the philosophy, and shape the destiny of the organization. By bringing supporters together, we hope to encourage greater commitment to the principles of social justice in the community at large. When possible, and appropriate within the circumstances of the food bank, the food bank may arrange for the provision of additional services with the goals of the empowerment and well being of its members.
Finally, the food bank advocates, in a non-partisan and constructive fashion, for the concerns of the poor and the elimination of poverty.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY
The estimated total value of donated and purchased food is approximately $500,000 annually, while the annual cost of running the organization is expected to be $70,000 for 2016. Like all other food banks, we receive no direct funding from any level of government. We must raise all of our funds independently. We depend on donations from individuals. Donations over $20 are tax-deductible and will receive a tax-receipt along with our sincere thanks.
The Parkdale Community Food Bank is a grass roots organization, founded by volunteers in November 2007, after the threatened closure of the 25 year old Saint Phillips Pantry. At that time, Parkdale's food bank was at risk of disappearing.
Located on Queen Street West in the heart of Parkdale, our philosophy reflects a strong commitment to a client-based model, where respect, inclusion and the dignity of our members is the first priority. The food bank uses a shopping system, as opposed to the more common hamper system to maximize selection and respect member's various dietary needs.
Did You Know
The Parkdale Community Food Bank:
● serves up to 2,000 people each month.
● distributes between 3.5 and 5 tonnes of food each week.
● commits $5,000 a year for additional food purchases, such as milk and eggs.
● relies on 50 committed volunteers to make the food bank work.
● sees a role for the food bank in helping people economically reintegrate into the community.
● provides advocacy services to our members on issues of housing, social services and abuse, wherever possible. We hope to expand these services.
WAYS YOU CAN DONATE
Come visit us!
1499 Queen St. W.
Over the Phone
During business hours if you'd like
to call and discuss a donation
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Connect with us anytime through our main email address. Please allow a few days for a response.
Volunteers Are Always Welcome