The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a dramatic increase in food insecurity across the Greater Toronto Area. In response, GlobalMedic has partnered with Hand Up Toronto to help “Feed The Six” with nutritious food packages that can help feed thousands of families in need. The response to the program has been overwhelming, with over 21,000 families already signed up to a growing list.
Feed the Six has already distributed over 24,000 kg of food to families in need across the city, reaching about 1,000 families every weekend through contactless delivery. The innovative program is extremely cost effective, with food being purchased in bulk and re-packaged by volunteers into family sized portions.
Humber College has provided the space for volunteers to package these staple foods like rice and legumes. The food packages also contain vegetables and other produce provided by Second Harvest Food Rescue. Volunteer drivers provide contactless delivery to families who are isolated or cannot access a food bank. These packages are delivered to families via pick-up points established by Hand Up Toronto.
Thanks to the support of our corporate partners, the tireless work of our staff and volunteers, and the efficient design of this response program, it is only costing $50 to feed 10 families in need for up to two weeks!
What is the Toronto Recipe Challenge?
Our Emergency Food Kits are already nutritious, but we’re looking for help to make them delicious.
We are challenging people to create a recipe using one or more of the main ingredients from the food kits (green and red lentils, chickpeas, pearl barley, kidney beans, green peas, and rice) along with simple household seasonings and a maximum of 3 additional ingredients.
This will not only bring awareness to our campaign, but also joy to these families in need – as we will be including many of these recipes in the food kits being distributed.