Thank You for Your Support in 2016!
As 2016 comes to a close, we want to thank you all for your incredible support this year.
Our community-building and change-making work would not have been possible without you!
- This year, we served over 56,000 meals in our Drop-in, including close to 25,000 breakfasts and more than 31,000 lunches. These meals were nutritious and delicious, focusing on whole grains, fresh vegetables, and protein, and brought people together around the table to share good food.
- In our healthy Food Bank, we served more than 9,000 emergency food hampers for more than 17,000 people. Through creative partnerships and your generous support, our Food Bank hampers featured fresh produce, milk, eggs, and whole grains. Last year, we served an average of 15 items of produce daily!
- Our Good Food Market saw an increase in customer visits by more than 25% over last year!
- The Stop’s Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns saw 2,000 to 3,000 customers each week in the summer, and 1,000 to 2,500 customers each week in the winter.
- More than 2,000 healthy meals were served for women and their children in our Healthy Beginnings program over the year.
- Approximately 8,000 seedlings were grown in our greenhouse for The Stop’s gardens and for community gardens throughout the city.
- Over 115 types of plants were grown in our Global Roots gardens.
- More than 1,000 seedlings were grown in our Mashkikii;aki’ing Garden at Hillcrest Park, and approximately 40 different medicines were processed.
- Close to 500 meals were shared in the Men’s Cooking Group!
- We harvested 1,110 lbs of produce — and 700 litres of compost from the outdoor composters — in our Earlscourt Community Garden!
- There were over 2,200 visits to our Community Advocacy Office, and over 1,300 phone calls and referrals made on behalf of community members.
- Our Community Advocacy Coordinator Mark was named one of Toronto’s Vital People.
- We participated in the creation and launch of the Toronto Food Policy Council’s Food by Ward project.
- We celebrated the contributions of our volunteers, and we conducted an evaluation of our volunteer program that revealed how participant-volunteers, more than other volunteers, experience increased self-esteem, decreased loneliness, and improved mood.
- We worked in partnership with allies, including Bread & Bricks Social Justice Group, to advocate for increased social assistance rates, affordable housing, and low-income public transit fares.
- We continued to participate in the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy process, and we advocate against budget cuts and in favour of revenue tools to fund much-needed programs and services.
- We also celebrated the power of food to bring people together at Big Night at The Green Barn, The Stop’s Night Market, What’s on the Table, and our annual Good Food For All community festival!
Thank you for making all of this possible in 2016!
With the holidays quickly approaching, our blog will be on hiatus until mid-January 2017. We hope you will take this time to catch up on (and share!) our previous posts! Don’t forget to check out our Featured Recipes, too.
On behalf of everyone at The Stop and our entire community, we wish you all the best throughout the season and in the New Year.