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In 2014, the Daily Bread Food banks Hungry Report stated that the percentage of disabled people at food banks almost doubled since 2005. In 2005, 17 per cent of food bank clients were receiving ODSP — this number has climbed to 28 per cent, according to the 2014 report.
According to the ‘Evictions of Senior Tenants in the GTA: A Call to Action to Curtail An Emerging Crisis’, By 2041, seniors are expected to make up almost 25% of the population in the city with 40% of these elders live below the poverty line.
DawaNet in partnership with Ansaar Foundation is embarking on an historic project “Halal Serve Mobile Foodbank” to serve food to the elderly and individuals with disabilities in the Greater Toronto Area.
This will be the first mobile Halal Food bank that will deliver healthy, halal and nutritious food to the elderly and disabled members who are needy and come from diverse communities irrespective of their faith, race, gender or creed.
The project will leverage Dawanets existing Halalserve pilot which started in 2016 serving over 130 new immigrants in the South east of Mississauga.
“The righteous are those who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: ‘We feed you for the sake of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.'” – The Holy Quran, 76:8-9
HalalServe is project of DawaNets CanadaZakat Group. Its purpose is address the religious & nutritional requirements of low-income new comers to the south east Mississauga area. It will be uniquely accessible by offering delivery to some clients who have limited mobility. The food deliveries will be done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and will be available to all members of the local community, irrespective of their religious and cultural background or affinity
- To provide Halal Food to qualifying low-income new comers in the area based on a typical food-bank delivery model
- To enhance food literacy by educating clients about proper nutrition in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide
- To increase accessibility to food for low-income families through door-to-door delivery
The intended clients will be any low-income individuals and families that live in the area, specifically in the following postal codes:
- L4X – (East Applewood / East Dixie / NE Lakeview)
- L4Y – (West Applewood / West Dixie / NW Lakeview)
The eligibility of a potential client will be determined using Canada Zakat’s existing application process whereby documentation for government income (i.e., financial supports) employer income, and housing payments will be reviewed and substantiated
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