Madeline Chambers, one of the Hub's project managers, says pre-pandemic they had many programs running out of its home inside the Glen Rhodes United Church.
“Everything from cooking classes to children's classes, to intergenerational cooking classes, to urban gardening and all these things,” Chambers says.
But when the pandemic struck they immediately suspended non-essential programs. Efforts became focused on delivering produce to the Glen Rhodes Food Bank and delivering food baskets to local vulnerable citizens.
Thanks to a partnership with FoodShare Toronto, they now deliver Emergency Food Boxes to seniors every Thursday.
And through the Hub’s recent partnership with Feed It Forward, they're also able to distribute freshly-made and frozen meals.
THURSDAYS are shaping up to be busy days at the Food Hub! Today we added @feeditforwardofficial freshly prepared, nutritious frozen meals (do you SEE those veggies?!?! 😍) to our delivery route to seniors with our @foodshareto Emergency Food Boxes. Thanks to our volunteer delivery driver Sean for delivering 29 boxes and 70 frozen meals! What a day! #community #feeditforward #freshfoodforall #foodshare #covid19 #toronto #neighbourhoodfoodhub
Those looking to help The Neighbourhood Food Hub can donate goods or make monetary donations through their website. They're also still looking for volunteers to deliver the baskets and meals. All volunteers are provided with necessary PPE.
Already, the Hub has had about 50 individual volunteers sign up, and Chambers has seen tremendous support from local organizations wanting to help out.
Our volunteer team is at it again! Delivering baskets from the Glen Rhodes Food Bank full of staple items and fresh fruits & veg to folks in their homes 🍎 Thanks @magalisimard for the pics and your hard work, and to @buildingrootsto for hooking us up with fresh fruits and veg on a weekly basis to stock the food bank! #volunteers #community #foodbank #toronto #freshfoodforall #eastend
“My partner Daniel and I have had a couple of moments where we just are almost emotional because the response and the outpouring of support has been enormous,” Chambers says.
“The East End has always been known as a very community-based neighborhood type of area. But this has just taken it to a whole new level. The community support has been incredible.”
“[It] just kind of really shows how powerful our community can be when we come together.”
by Alisha Mughal via blogTO