Every year the Red Door helps over 500 families affected by abuse and homelessness to heal and rebuild their lives. A key part of the success for many families comes from the transitional services we provide after they have moved out of the shelter.
On average, 250 families who have recently moved out of the shelter access our weekly Food Bank each year, and this number continues to increase. Last year, we supported 260 unique families (an increase of 40% over the previous year).
The Food Bank addresses an important need for families making that critical transition into stable and permanent independence. With the lack of safe, affordable housing and the prohibitively high cost of private market rent, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families to make ends meet. The average family moving out of the Red Door into a private market rental is now spending an average of 67% of their income on rent alone! This puts them in a very vulnerable position, and at high risk of being homelessness again.
The Food Bank is about more than just providing groceries for families. It’s a helping hand through a critical time.
The Food Bank operates twice weekly at our Family Shelter and weekly at our Violence Against Women shelter. Families who come to our Food Bank are able to receive the fresh and staple foods they need, including culturally specific items, and donated supermarket gift cards. They are also provided with TTC fare to cover their transportation costs to and from the Food Bank.
But the Food Bank is about more than just providing groceries for families. It’s a helping hand through a critical time. It’s giving a mother a sense of security and peace of mind, knowing that at the end of the month, she won’t have to choose between paying the rent and feeding her children. That kind of support is invaluable.
Over 95% of the families who access our Food Bank and other transitional services after they leave the shelter remain successfully housed and achieve their goal of independence.
We simply can't provide this vital service without your support. 100% of funding for the Food Bank, both monetary and in-kind, comes from donations. The majority of basic perishable items are provided by our partner, Second Harvest. We also receive in-kind support from the community through food-drives, in-kind gifts and product donations.
This year we need to raise $85,000 to run the Food Bank service and to purchase specialty and culturally specific food items, non-perishable foods, supermarket gift cards and TTC tokens, as well as to support the dedicated volunteers who help out each week. Some of these volunteers are former residents who are giving back through service to the shelter.
You can help support our Food Bank:
Help fund our costs with a one time donation
- $10 — Provides TTC tickets for a mother to access the Food Bank for the week
- $25 — Provides a single women with groceries for 1 week.
- $50 — Provides fresh produce and staple items for a family of 3
- $100 — Provides fresh produce and staple items for a family of 5
- $250 — Provides a family with groceries for 1 month
Donate non-perishable food or grocery gift cards