In the last week, we served over 2,300 meals!
As an essential service and champion of food security, PARC is one of the few agencies still open in the City of Toronto that continues to serve nutritious meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our dedicated staff teams are working extremely hard to respond to the emerging needs of our members during this difficult situation.
This isn’t easy, and we are doing our best to take care of our community.
PARC is providing drop-in services to homeless individuals and a hot meal-to-go to those who have an address, as well as case management services and supportive housing to our members and tenants.
This is only the beginning. Since early March, we have already seen an increasing demand for meals and new faces coming to the drop-in door, needing support now more than ever. We receive much of our food from partnered non-profit food banks, who are similarly facing immense pressure on their resources during this time.
We need your help to make sure we can keep serving hot and fresh meals, and providing a safe place for the most vulnerable of our community to go during this pandemic. A gift to PARC allows us to purchase the exact supplies we urgently need on short notice. We also have purchasing relationships with suppliers, so we can buy items at a lower price than retail customers.
Your support helps us to ensure that our incredible frontline workers are able to keep the kitchen stocked, the drop-in is diligently cleaned and sanitized, and supportive services are provided to our members and tenants.
Parkdale is a neighbourhood that is undergoing rapid change through gentrification-driven displacement, the rise of precarious employment, and socioeconomic polarization. Black, Indigenous, and racialized community members are at the frontline of these changes, and are disproportionately impacted by struggles over space, resources, and community assets. In the Neighbourhood Improvement Area of South Parkdale, over a third of community members are newcomers and over a third of community members are living in poverty, with significant overlap between the two demographics (Parkdale Community Benefits Framework, 2018).