GoodFood Help

$2,300 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 28 months
Toronto Peer-to-Peer Food Relief

It all started with a request for a banana.

Recently, someone posted on the online trading website Bunz looking for a banana. They weren't starving but money was running low and buying fresh, healthy food just wasn’t possible at that moment. Kate Salter responded but never heard back. Later that night, still thinking about it, she posted an offer to provide fresh produce and homemade healthy meals to those experiencing food insecurity never expecting the response that would be received. Word spread and more requests came in. There was clearly a need in downtown Toronto for discreet peer-to-peer food relief.

Intermittent or occasional food instability is experienced by people for lots of reasons. Between contracts? Big vet bill? Eating ramen and KD because you can’t afford anything else? This can happen to anyone. It’s not a turning to a food bank or soup kitchen kind of situation, but food that meets nutritional needs at times like these is important.

In response to Kate’s efforts there have been offers to donate food, drop off donations, cook, build a garden, throw a fundraiser and everything in between.

A group supported by the Bunz administration team has begun to form to develop a direction for this initiative and coordinate efforts in the most useful way. The key need that has been identified is for discreet, peer-to-peer handoffs of fresh produce and healthy prepared foods.

In the meantime requests for food help keep coming in and the healthy food donations can’t keep up. People have dug into their pockets and kitchens but that can only go so far.

In light of the number of requests for "produce packs" coming in, financial donations to address these needs in the short term are being accepted. We are not a charitable organization but in return we can offer you a thanks and a virtual high five.

If you have questions,  want to volunteer, donate, have great ideas or just know you want to get involved, please email giving@goodfoodhelp.com

If you are living in downtown Toronto and experiencing an instance of food insecurity and you do not have enough food, any food or only gave access to food that is lacking in nutrition you can email requests@goodfoodhelp.com

Please include dietary restrictions. All inquiries are confidential.

Thanks
Kate Salter
Tamara Krygier-Baum
Shannon Candido
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Wow! These last few days have been heavy. The requests for healthy food are flooding in, some painfully urgent. Everyone’s situation is different, and the path that led them to making such requests varies dramatically. While the donations of food, time, food packaging, commercial cooking space and more have been coming in too, the demand far surpasses what we have received and contributed out of our own pockets.

That’s why we turned to crowd funding to try and ensure that those who have reached out are able to be helped. Sadly, we have had to keep people waiting as we develop strategies to receive consistent and reliable donations (financial and food) in order to meet the unexpected level of interest. In total we have distributed over 15 packages over 9 days. We are still searching for financial and/or food donation support to meet the outstanding requests that are waiting to be filled.

A small group of us have begun to figure out how best to ensure that this type of service continues to be available where we live.

And…. we have a name! GoodFood Help reflects our hope that this project will be able to provide nutritious, fresh food and produce (GoodFood) to those who are experiencing intermittent food insecurity in Toronto.

If you are interested in helping in any way please contact us at giving@goodfoodhelp..com.

if you are living in downtown Toronto and experiencing an instance of food insecurity- you do not have enough food, any food or only have access to food that is lacking in nutrition you can email requests@goodfoodhelp.com. All inquiries are confidential.
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Dorian Sky Douma
28 months ago

thank you so much to everyone who's donating... because of this I'm about to receive the first nuts and berries I've had in months

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$2,300 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 28 months
Created May 7, 2016
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27 months ago
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James Salter
27 months ago

I am impressed and wanted to help out.

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Dorian Sky Douma
28 months ago

thank you so much to everyone who's donating... because of this I'm about to receive the first nuts and berries I've had in months

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