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The Lighthouse Food Bank program provides groceries to families and individuals in need who live in The Lighthouse’s catchment area (north of Bloor, south of St. Clair West, west of Bathurst, east of Dovercourt/Oakwood).
The Lighthouse Food Bank is open every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon between 1 pm-3 p.m. Registration starts at 12:30pm. There are regularly about 250 households registered for food-bank assistance (this is equivalent to approximately 324 adults and 116 children). The main sources of food are from the Daily Bread Food Bank and Second Harvest, with additional donations from various partners such as Summer Hill Market, local bakeries, generous neighbours, as well as churches in the GTA, who collect and deliver food donations on behalf of their members.
With the drive to promote community, break down stigma, and encourage connection and new relationships, The Lighthouse has recently started serving hot meals to Food Bank participants and volunteers. With meals being served at 12:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, The Lighthouse hopes to create a welcoming and warm environment through sharing a meal.
Personal advocacy and assistance are regularly provided to Food Bank participants who require help or answers regarding access to hydro, bill-payment concerns, landlord-tenant issues and the like. Assistance is offered also to those requiring aide in filling out government forms or forms of any kind. The Lighthouse offers information and assistance in a safe and welcoming environment, endeavouring to treat all participants with dignity and respect.
Income tax assistance is provided to anyone deemed to be a low-income individual (set criteria) during the months of March and April. Appointments are necessary. Call or email Neighbourhood Program Director Tabitha Eastman at 416-535-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org after February 15th to ascertain eligibility and to schedule an appointment.
Every year in December, The Lighthouse organizes a special Christmas luncheon for its Food Bank clients. Participants enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner at The Lighthouse Centre prepared by Food Bank volunteers and other friends of The Lighthouse.