Inspired by a handful of parents encouraging peers to donate funds paid for children’s school snacks and lunches (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/together-for-food/), this initiative encourages Toronto companies to donate savings from paused employee food programs to a charity delivering pantry staples to Toronto families with young children facing food insecurity during the pandemic.
Hand Up Toronto (HUT) is a registered Canadian charity that is committed to addressing hunger in low-income communities and families across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Founded in October 2014, Hand Up Toronto's mission is to alleviate poverty and to contribute to a society without hunger. HUT aims to provide a hand up to the individuals and neighborhoods experiencing poverty and homelessness through the provision of ready-made meals, hygienic products, and educational resources. During COVID-19, HUT has provided over 7000 grocery care packages to families in GTA through a combination of an extensive volunteer delivery network to do curbside delivery as well as a contactless pickup program. The grocery care packages consist of over 20 lbs of food including key emergency pantry grains such as rice, lentils, beans, chick peas, barley as well as fruits and snacks for kids and other hygiene products.