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07 2013

The Toronto Friendship Centre

Syndicated from: Daily Bread Food Bank

Located at Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street, the Toronto Friendship Centre (TFC) is a fixture in the community to those in need. A Daily Bread member agency and drop-in centre, the Toronto Friendship Centre is open early to help serve people in need.  In just one month, approximately 400 to 500 individuals have visited and approximately 6,000 food hampers have been handed out, making the Toronto Friendship Centre a busy place that knows how damaging hunger and poverty can be to the people it affects. One thing that makes the Toronto Friendship Center unique in this area is that it is the only drop-in centre that is open early at 6 a.m., with a breakfast program that starts serving to those who are homeless or hungry by 7 a.m.  Andy, who is a busy but familiar face here, is quite proud of the impact “helping people to receive a hot meal at 7a.m. in the morning” has had on the community The TFC also offers various programs such as seniors and women’s days, art programs and games days.  Every Thursday, the TFC also houses Street Health, a program that provides both health and podiatry services to the participants and neighborhood citizens. Although there are many amazing volunteers at the TFC, Jeannie is one that stands out in the crowd. A dedicated and caring volunteer, she arrives every day at 6 a.m., working in the kitchen up to six days a week until its meal program closes, ensuring that food is served and everything runs smoothly. To learn more about the Toronto Friendship Centre please visit their website. by Kate Grant, Communications Volunteer

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