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.