“It was brought to our attention that a lot of families were short of food because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Constable Brandon Mak. “We brought this back to the station and drew up a plan to start an in-house food drive.”…
“We wanted to have some friendly and healthy competition while collecting non-perishable food for a good cause,” said Mak. “About a month in, we had about 1,000 pounds of food that we donated to four groups in the Division.
On May 4, the police donated another 1000 pounds of food, including to the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre.
The Star has a nice article on Ekron Hamilton, a local man who is a competitive chef and mentor:
At 30 years old, Ekron Hamilton manages the kitchen at Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, preparing meals for the area’s most vulnerable residents.
But leadership hasn’t always come naturally to him.
“I was really shy, I wasn’t talking to people and didn’t want to participate in anything,” he said, adding that in his late 20s he was underemployed and dependent on Ontario Works.
A year after graduating from the Kitchen Masters culinary training program offered at the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC), he is a leader who takes pride in his work and the financial independence it allows him. So when the CEE (Careers Education and Empowerment) Centre for Young Black Professionals, the organization that co-facilitates Kitchen Masters, called to ask him for a favour, he obliged wholeheartedly.
The best time to give is after you feel like hell for being such a crass and grasping consumer and before your credit card bill comes due. That should be in about two weeks, if your experience (and postal service) is like mine.
Here, accordingly, are some options for giving during the holiday season:
This Sunday, the Weston Park Baptist Church starts its annual Christmas Food Drive. All the proceeds go to the Weston food bank (WAES) and help more than 330 local families. “One week prior to the drive, 4000 bags will be distributed into the Weston community and then on the day of the drive, more than 100 volunteers will go door-to-door to collect the food, sort it at the church, box it and prepare it”
Me, I like to give money. It’s less trouble, and nobody ends up with peanut butter but no jam. You can donate directly to WAES.
Frontlines is a popular youth after-school drop-in centre. They’d be glad for a little of your dough.
The WKNC does great work, too, I know. They are a drop-in and outreach centre. They’re always busy. A little cash would go far in their hands.
Add your favourite charity in the comments. I’ll link to them.
Some University of Toronto students spent their reading weeks in Weston and Mount Dennis pitching in on various community projects.
The students went to the LEF, the WKNC, The Jane Street Hub, and Laura Albanese’s office. They were busy, too—painting, helping out with clients, and work that isn’t particularly glamourous, like organizing the clothing room at the WKNC and cleaning up.