Second Annual Spring Food Drive Begins!

Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive Inc. (SRFD) is happy to announce the beginning of its second door-to-door spring food drive. As we are continuing to expand the residential communities canvassed for food, this food drive will last 8 weeks.

Starting April 26, the Drive will run every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday until June 11.

Just as a reminder, we accept foods that are:

  • Non-Perishable (canned food, pasta, noodles, etc)
  • Non-expired

Food donations are distributed to food banks in the Scarborough area:

  • Dorset Hub
  • Scarborough Centre for Health Communities
  • 1LoveMalvern
  • Juliette’s Place

SRFD also accepts financial donations that help fund its annual door-to-door food drives. Thank you to the great and generous residents of Scarborough for your volunteerism and kind donations!

Volunteer with upcoming Spring Food Drive!

Amy Li of Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive (above) shares some important information on the role of SRFD in fighting hunger and poverty across the Scarborough region of Toronto.

Amy was one of SRFD’s volunteers at a recent Volunteer Fair hosted by Volunteer Toronto at the Toronto reference Library, Toronto.

Join Amy and other volunteers in SRFD’s spring 2017 door-to-door food drive.

The Drive begins on April 26 and continues every Wednesday, Thursday (5:00 pm-7:00pm), Saturday and Sunday(2:45 pm-7:00pm) until June 11.

Join Amy and the SRFD team and make a difference in the lives of others.

Annual Report 2016

Facts and Figures

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2016 Annual Report

Similar to 2015, 2016 was a very busy year for Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive (SRFD). In response to growing concerns around food security across Scarborough, SRFD expanded its door-to-door (d-2-d) food drives into new communities, introduced a spring d-2-d food drive, extended its fall d-2-d food drive from 5 to 8 weeks and piloted its Home and Corporate Drop Box (HCDB) initiative*.

Further, in an attempt to raise awareness regarding hunger and poverty, SRFD participated in public information sessions at Fairview Mall, Scarborough Civic Centre Library, Scarborough’s Canada Day celebrations and piloted its Combatting Hunger and Poverty Art and Writing Challenge.

In 2016, SRFD worked with 122 volunteers who provided their time and support to SRFD’s fall and spring d-2-d food drives that, combined with donations from SRFD’s partners, Calvary Logos Baptist Church, Place of Praise and Cultural Centre, Toronto Chinese Lutheran Church, Milne Valley Middle School, New Ocean Supermarket and Pan Arcadian Association (Toronto), collected 12 667 food items that served 971 families.

Finally, food donations to SRFD were delivered to Malvern Healthy Community Cupboard, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC), Agincourt Community Services Association (Dorset Hub), Juliette’s Place, and Malvern Eats Community Lunch.

Building on the progress of the food drive of 2015 as well as the introduction of a spring d-2-d food drive allowed SRFD to expand the catchment area for d-2-d canvassing. The area covered by the spring drive included homes on Midland Ave., between McNicoll Ave. and Steeles Ave. East, and from Steeles Ave. E to Middlefield Rd., Middlefield Rd. south to McNicoll Ave. and McNicoll Ave. west to Midland Ave. During the fall food drive, the geographical area covered included Midland Ave. south from McNicoll Ave. to Hwy 401, east to McCowan Rd., north to Middlefield Rd. and McNicoll Ave., and west to Midland Ave.

Sources: Food Donations 2016
Churches
Calvary Logos Baptist Church: 170 food items
Place of Praise: 132 food items
Toronto Chinese Lutheran Church: 197 food items
Door to Door canvassing
Food donations from door-to-door canvassing: 11 505 food items
Schools
Food donations from Milne Valley Middle School: 594 food items
Supermarkets
New Ocean Supermarket: 8 food items
Events
Pan Arcadian Association Toronto: 61 food items
Total: 12 667 food items

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Client Recipients 2016

  1. Malvern Healthy Community Cupboard: 6254 food items
  2. Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities: 3399 food items
  3. Agincourt Community Services Association: 2635 food items
  4. Juliette’s Place: 297 food items
  5. Malvern Eats Community Lunch: 82 food items

Total: 12 667 food items

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* HCDBs provide an opportunity for Scarborough residents and businesses to take temporary (November – January) custody of a festively decorated food donation box and encourage visiting family, friends and guests/employees and clients to make food donations. Note: Consistent with SRFD’s d-2-d services, HCDB’s are delivered to participants’ homes and businesses and later picked up by SRFD volunteers. Making food donations has never been easier, make 2017-2018 your year to host an SRFD Home and Corporate Drop Box.

Volunteer Toronto – Youth Expo 2016

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Naomi, one of Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive’s youth volunteers, discusses the mission of SRFD with potential volunteers at the 2016 Youth Expo held at Ryerson University, Sunday, Oct. 23.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, several of the Expo attendees turned out to participate in SRFD’s final door-to-door food drive for fall 2016.

In 2016, SRFD, thanks to the work of its great volunteers, was able to deliver over 11,000 food items to Scarborough food banks.

It’s never too late to begin making a difference in the lives of others.

Get involved in one of Scarborough’s fastest growing anti poverty organizations–volunteer, lead and help shape the future of food security in Scarborough.

Some volunteer testimonials (Fall 2016):

“This (experience) enabled volunteers to give back to their community as well as earn their volunteer hours.”

“My experience was very enjoyable. The community is very welcoming and friendly.”

“I liked the amount of time and effort our organizers and planners spent to make sure things ran nicely.

The leaders were friendly and extremely easy to speak to.”

” I am not afraid to talk to strangers anymore. And I speak English a lot.

My English is better.  I am very happy to be a part of (the) team. We have great leaders. They teach me a lot.”

Fall Food Drive Volunteers!

Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive Inc. is happy to share that the fall food drive is proceeding very well! We are reaching out to more homes than we did in previous years, and at an efficient and successful rate, and food donation numbers are at their peak. However, none of this would be possible without our volunteers, so we would just like to thank, and give out a shout out to all our wonderful, committed volunteers! A few of our volunteers are shown in the picture below, but we would like to thank every single volunteer who has joined our canvassing efforts.

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Fifth Annual Fall Food Drive Begins!

Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive Inc. (SRFD) is happy to announce the beginning of its fifth door-to-door fall food drive. This year, we are expanding the residential communities canvassed for food, and therefore, the food drive will last 8 weeks instead of the previous 5 weeks.

Starting September 7, the Drive will run every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday until October 30.

Just as a reminder, we accept foods that are:

  • Non-Perishable (canned food, pasta, noodles, etc)
  • Non-expired

Food donations are distributed to food banks in the Scarborough area:

  • Dorset Hub
  • Scarborough Centre for Health Communities
  • 1LoveMalvern
  • Juliette’s Place

SRFD also accepts financial donations that help fund its annual door-to-door food drives. Thank you to the great and generous residents of Scarborough for your volunteerism and kind donations!

 

Honorary Citation from City of Toronto

Congratulations to Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive Inc. for receiving an honorary citation from the City of Toronto! Thank you to Councillor Chin Lee for his continued, support of SRFD Inc; his assistance, and the many opportunities he has provided to SRFD Inc. are invaluable. Thank you to our volunteers, donors and sponsors for their time and support in joining SRFD Inc. in its mission to eliminate poverty and hunger through provision, action and education.

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Canada Day Parade 2016

Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive Inc.’s first Canada Day Parade on July 1, 2016, was a great success. Thank you to every individual who took the time to learn more about our organization, ask questions, donate and sign up to volunteer during our biannual food drives! We are looking forward to being apart of the Canada Day celebrations next year!

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