Flemingdon Park Food Bank In Crisis

The Flemingdon Community Food Bank is issuing an urgent citywide appeal to help pay off more than $20,000 in debt to keep its doors open. The food bank serves more than 3,800 families in the priority neighbourhood of Flemingdon Park and provides food to residents of nearby Thorncliffe Park. Previously, the Red Cross ran the food bank for 25 … [Read more...]

Compassion Lost?

St. John the Compassionate Mission hasn’t been receiving much compassion lately. First, the charitable organization learned a new garbage collection fee for non-profit organizations would threaten their 25-year-old free meal program because they will have to pay thousands of dollars to haul away its waste. “I have to pay to dispose of garbage … [Read more...]

Drawing For Hope

When Leaside resident and children’s illustrator Michael Martchenko is looking for inspiration, all he has to do is look in his own backyard. Literally. “If I need a nice big tree, I just go out back,” quips the award-winning artist, who has collaborated with children’s author Robert Munsch for dozens of books, including classics such as The … [Read more...]

Feed The People Or Pay For Garbage

After 25 years of serving meals to those in need, St. John the Compassionate Mission’s meal program could be forced to close as a result of a new garbage collection fee the city plans to levy on non-profit organizations. The new policy, adopted by city council on Nov. 29, will result in all non-residential tenants including retirement homes, … [Read more...]

Putting Food On Parkdale Plates

It’s not enough for the West End Food Cooperative to help residents put food on their tables. They want to help put food in their cupboards, pantries and basements, too. The Parkdale-based organization aims to encourage local food sustainability, especially among immigrants, the disabled and those struggling financially through programs like its … [Read more...]