Toronto-based organization opens access to good food for vulnerable sectors

By Ethan Kwan

“The portal is simple to use and it leverages the power of group purchasing from a network of suppliers,” said Alvin Rebick, FoodReach spokesperson. “With a great partner in North York Harvest that manages the logistics, community agencies can get timely delivery of quality and affordable food.”

FoodReach was founded by Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC), Toronto Public Health and the Toronto Foundation for Student Success in 2015 with the vision to build healthier communities by ‘providing reliable access to good food at a good price’, and with this development, they are one step closer to their goal.

Their primary target population are Toronto’s most vulnerable – children, individuals experiencing homelessness and low-income adults.

“We serve approximately 350 meals a day, 365 days a year, with very limited resources,” says Anite Prasad, a project coordinator at PARC. With the help of partner agencies such as North York Harvest Food Bank, they can focus on what’s important – delivering the food and program to their clients.

In this season of bountiful harvest and thanks, FoodReach is doing its part in the community by helping to care for those who may not be able to care for themselves. With the promise of winter on the horizon, solutions like these may be exactly what is needed to ease the strain of hunger in some Canadian cities.


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