The purpose of the Centralized Food Program is to improve food insecurity amongst our most vulnerable residents in both our supportive housing and shelters. The CFP can be broken down into four ongoing activities:
Meals at Home:
weekly individualized meals prepared and delivered to our most vulnerable, supportively housed population.
Cultural and Dietary Accommodation Meals:
weekly party-sized dishes of dietary and religious-specific foods prepared and delivered to our shelter residents.
monthly prepared and communally served (depending on COVID) meals at varying Homes First locations.
Neighbourhood Drop-In Dinners:
Monthly communal meals (depending on COVID) for the Jamestown area community for their drop-in participation (Jamestown is where the CFP Shelia Miller kitchen will be located).
The CFP is in its infancy stages; Homes First was awarded a $1,000,000 grant in 2021 to convert some vacant space into a commercial kitchen at our Sheila Miller, downtown Toronto, supportive housing site. This new kitchen will be the future home of the Centralized Food Program’s food preparation, storage, and delivery centre, and is scheduled to begin early spring 2022.
There will be multiple opportunities for one-off or ongoing volunteer engagements. When the Sheila Miller kitchen is complete, we would like to hold a launch party at which volunteers could participate and cook a large meal for our residents and community. There would also be ongoing opportunities to prepare individualized meals for residents and or/ larger Homes First community dinners; volunteers could both prepare the food and serve or make deliveries.
Willowdale Welcome Centre
Better Living Centre