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  1. Education At the Heart Of Community

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    Food insecurity has been a longstanding concern in North York’s Keele and Finch neighbourhood where
    ANIDA Foundation is located, but over the past year and a half the organization’s executive director Samuel Donker says that need has grown exponentially.

    “Pre-pandemic we served 30 to 60 people bi-weekly, now it’s 350 depending on the needs of seniors,” he says. According to Donker, the way in which North York Harvest responded to its member agencies during the pandemic helped keep their program running in very real ways. “There was a lot of uncertainty but the resources we had access to allowed us to continue to serve clients safely,” he says. Shifting their operations from indoors to outside required tents, vests for staff and access to technology, all of which were facilitated by North York Harvest. Grant funding also helped ANIDA launch a seniors delivery program which continues to serve 100 seniors on a bi-weekly basis.

    Along with providing nourishing food, ANIDA is also focused on feeding minds through educational programs. “We have a reading program for children along with a book bank thanks to our partnership with Indigo,” explains Donker. “Having the food bank allows us to offer access to our other resources and programs which people wouldn’t otherwise know were available.” As with other member agencies, food is the connection to education and so much more as we all work towards building healthier communities

  2. The Cost of Poverty

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    Poverty affects more than just the thousands of Canadians struggling with it every day. In fact, poverty costs the Canadian Taxpayers over $84 Billion Dollars EVERY YEAR.  Our taxes are used to cover the different areas, many of which are affected and increased by poverty – education, lack of employment and health care being the most prevalent.

    Did you know that taxes do not pay for any food support provided by our 47 member agencies? We rely on the generous donations of people like you to ensure we can help our neighbours in need.  But NYH is not just a food bank.  Together we are also working to provide training, referrals, child care food delivery and job support.  Stay tuned for our new Logistics Training Program which will utilise our warehouse to train people and help them access employment opportunities while ensuring food is delivered to our agencies.

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