Over 218,000 meals served to Toronto’s homeless
Despite its prominence as the economic centre of Canada, Toronto has struggled with chronic homelessness. It’s estimated that over 5,000 people are homeless on any given day. Since 2001, Muslim Welfare Centre has provided Toronto’s homeless with food through our Meals on Wheels program. Every Saturday, volunteers gather to prepare over 300 lunch bags consisting of a sandwich or burger, seasonal fruit and a juice box. Once prepared, these lunches are hand-delivered to the homeless in various shelter locations in downtown Toronto. This program runs every Saturday (rain or shine, winter or summer) 52 weeks a year. We are proud to say that we have not missed a single Saturday since we started thanks to our dedicated volunteers and supportive donors. During the winter months, warm clothes (winter jackets, socks, gloves and scarves), blankets and sleeping bags are also distributed to assist the homeless in coping with the harsh weather. We wish to acknowledge the contributions of Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) organizers who have supported this program with an annual winter jacket drive. We are grateful for 2,400 plus winter jackets received and subsequently distributed.
Last year, we distributed almost 16,000 lunches. Help us to feed the homeless by sponsoring a lunch for just $3. Call or visit any one of our offices to donate to this program or to schedule a volunteer group.