Delivering meals, Restoring dignity
According to the Census of City of Toronto Urban Development Services, there are approximately 338,000 people over the age of 65, representing 14 per cent of the City’s total population. The City’s population continues to age and seniors are the fastest growing age group and by 2031, projections are that nearly 480,000 people will be over the age of 65. The 75+ age group is expected to increase by nearly 50 per cent between 2001 and 2031. Roughly one in every four seniors in Toronto lives alone. According to the Conference Board of Canada, elderly poverty is both a social and a fiscal problem that will be exacerbated as higher percentages of population move into the over 65 demographic.
The Seniors Halal Meals on Wheels Program addresses food security issues of needy seniors residing in Toronto. Working in collaboration with REH’MA Community Services, a registered charity, this newly-created program ensures nutritious, culturally-sensitive cooked meals are delivered to the doorsteps of seniors. The food is professionally prepared by a team of talent women who have recently completed a certification program in culinary arts. These women all come from marginalized backgrounds and face employment obstacles. Through this program they hone their culinary skills, while earning income to support their families.
Currently, 300 seniors residing in Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park and Victoria Village receive meals every Tuesday and Saturday – that’s 15,600 meals provided annually. Become a donor today (Sponsor a Meal for $8) and help us expand this meal service to more than two days a week. Seniors in need deserve our support…let’s work together to restore their dignity.
To learn more about his program or to register a needy senior for this meals delivery service, please email email@example.com or call us at 416-754-8116