East Scarborough Storefront
(3 team members – Clarence Snow, Desrene Cole, Krystyne Gunnis)
At a time when The East Scarborough Storefront (The Storefront) was forced to close their doors to the physical building due to COVID19, the Food Systems team’s exceptional efforts to stay connected to local residents throughout this challenging time surfaced an existing food insecurity in East Scarborough that was further exacerbated during the pandemic. They heard the community’s call for support and urged The Storefront to step up to address urgent food insecurity in the neighbourhood.
The team identified the growing momentum among a collective of local resident leaders who were self-organizing to responding to gaps that community members were experiencing from home delivery options for immunocompromised people and people with mobility issues, fresh & culturally appropriate foods for diverse East Scarborough communities and low-barrier access / eligibility. While the agency is not a food
bank and has not worked directly on food security in the past, the team was able to spark internal conversations about how food security work fit with their mission that included supporting grassroots leadership in the neighbourhood with their initiatives and priorities.
They jumped into action, putting in many hours on the ground to improve our ability to support grassroots/resident food security initiatives and improve community members’ access to fresh, culturally appropriate food, prioritizing of their own working hours in their already busy schedule each week to provide hands-on support in the kitchen and the garden to support grassroots groups to source, prepare, and distribute hot meals and fresh produce throughout the community, as well as to tirelessly maintain the kitchen and garden facilities in good repair for community use including adapting the agency’s COVID19 policy regarding the use of the commercial kitchen to prioritize grassroots food security groups’ to take advantage of the kitchen facility. At times this mean working beyond regular hours to ensure they were able to receive last minute donations of fresh and perishable produce that can go to families in need in the community.
This team has also gone above and beyond to generously sharing their experience to build the capacity of the community by co-leading workshops with grassroots leaders, engaging 20 social sector stakeholders working in food security in a conversation on how social agencies can best support grassroots initiatives in the food security landscape. This advocacy and capacity-building work has strengthened our neighbourhood’s collective ability to effectively support grassroots work on food security
To date this team has supported grassroots leaders to distribute over 8,000 hot meals and 1200 pounds of rescued food and over 560 fresh produce boxes. This short-term response has evolved since into an ongoing initiative within the organization that continues to engage many residents and strengthens food security in the community. It is thanks to this frontline team that The Storefront have been able to maximize the use of The Storefront’s kitchen and community garden, as well as better leverage our community partnerships to make tangible positive contributions to improving food security in the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) community.
2022 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Special Notes of Thanks from the 2022 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Media Advisory: Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognizes leaders in social service sector
November 23, 2022 (Toronto, ON) – Media are invited to a celebration of the social services sector’s leadership, partnership, dedication, innovation and creativity as the Bhayana Family Foundation Awards return on November 25 after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19. Stories of resiliency, fortitude and innovation will be shared at the hybrid event as five team awards and 10 individual awards will be awarded to frontline employees from United Way Greater Toronto’s network of agencies who served over 2 million people last year in Peel, Toronto and York.
Date: Friday, November 25, 2022
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Format: Virtual via Zoom or in person for photography and videography
The awards ceremony will include:
- A keynote address by The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
- Emcee Daniele Zanotti, CEO of United Way Greater Toronto
- Remarks by Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Raksha M.Bhayana of the Bhayana Family FoundationMedia interested in attending this event, please contact:Lindsay Kwan
Communications Manager, United Way Greater Toronto firstname.lastname@example.org
Run of Show
Times are approximate
12:15–12:30: Guests Arrive
12:30–1:00: Buffet Lunch (in person)
1:00–1:10: Zoom goes live
1:10–1:15: Daniele Zanotti (UWGT President & CEO) welcomes guests (in person and on Zoom) and introduces Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen
1:15–1:20: Minister Ahmed Hussen speaks (via Zoom)
1:20–1:23: Daniele thanks Minister Hussen and introduces Rocco Rossi
1:23–1:26: Rocco Rossi speaks
1:26–1:28: Daniele thanks Rocco Rossi and introduces Raksha Bhayana
1:28–1:32: Raksha speaks
1:32–2:02 Daniele presents Individual awards
2:02–2:05: Daniele congratulates the individual winners and introduces impact story presenters
2:05–2:08: Impact story #1
2:08–2:11: Impact story #2
2:11–2:30: Daniele thanks speakers and introduces the Team Awards
2:30–2:33: Daniele presents closing remarks and congratulates all
2:33–3:00: Guests mingle and depart