Red Cross supports West Toronto food bank
Simon Brock, with the Canadian Red Cross, packs a hamper for clients at the Sorauren Food Bank in West Toronto.
On Nov. 21 of this year, the still operating Sorauren Food Bank, located at 1499 Queen St. W., had its first open house to give members of the community an opportunity to learn more about the program. The food bank – a partnership between the Canadian Red Cross, Daily Bread Food Bank and PARC – operates on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., serving over 1,200 families a month.
“The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to contribute our expertise to this important community initiative,” said Tanya Toscano, assistant manager with the Canadian Red Cross.
PARC provides the space for the food bank, while the Daily Bread Food Bank provides the food and non-food items, and Red Cross oversees the coordination of volunteers and staff. The food bank has approximately 20 volunteers.
Clients at the food bank receive hampers with a selection of non-perishable and perishable food – such as fruit, vegetables and dairy products – and other items such as baby formula, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and special diet food items (i.e gluten-free), if needed.
In addition to the Sorauren Food Bank, Red Cross has a number of other community initiatives in Toronto. Learn more at www.redcross.ca/toronto .