During this exceptional public health crisis, food access has proven to be a critical and urgent need. In response, Access Alliance has mobilized several measures.
Food-insecure clients are prioritized to same day or next day appointments. During appointments, staff help clients learn about, register for and receive emergency food from local emergency food programs. They also help clients understand and access the financial benefits available during this crisis.
Food With Dignity Program
Thanks to the generous support from Community Food Centres Canada , Canadian Association of Community Health Centres, City of Toronto, FoodShare, Daily Bread Food Bank and private donors, Access Alliance has been able to launch a new series of emergency food relief initiatives under our Food With Dignity Program. These include:
Take Away Meals
During this pandemic, we have modified our weekly dining programs at both east and west sites to contact-free take-away meal programs. Led by a chef, staff and volunteers prepare fresh hot meals, package them, and deliver them to a pick-up point (table) outside of the building where community members help themselves (in a physically distanced manner) to a free, fresh-cooked meal to take home.
The program is ongoing and has operated four days a week since April, serving about 500 meals per week:
- AccessPoint on Danforth, 3079 Danforth Avenue East, Every Tuesday and Friday from 1-2 p.m. (map)
- AccessPoint on Jane, 761 Jane Street, Every Monday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. (map)
Monthly Food Hampers
Through generous donations and grants we are able to provide over 200 food hampers filled with nutritious and versatile grocery items to food-insecure households. Each hamper provides 30 lbs of perishable and non- perishable food. Clients with barriers to financial security and/or those advised to stay at home due to exceptional vulnerability are prioritized. Hampers are delivered by a team of staff and volunteers.
Good Food Box Program
Thanks to a generous donation from FoodShare, Access Alliance has received 136 Good Food Boxes to distribute at no cost to food-insecure clients and community members. The boxes have fresh, mostly local, culturally diverse, seasonal vegetables and fruits.
Grocery Store Gift Cards
Clients who have the means to grocery shop independently but who require financial assistance, may receive one of over 140 gift cards that have been generously donated for distribution. Food cards give clients the ability to purchase foods most in need, at the most critical time.
Financial Benefits Navigation Support
Financial literacy workshops and one-on-one appointments are made available through our settlement team to help clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of provincial and national financial benefits.
For more information, contact us or to book an appointment, call us at 416-324-8677.