AFL COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE
More than 30 per cent of Toronto families live on less than $20,000 a year. Many of these are those earning minimum hourly-wage or in precarious jobs that have lost employment over the past weeks due to COVID-19 emergency measures and closures.
With TCDSB schools also closed, children and youth are not getting nourished through any one of the 184 Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs). Angel Foundation-funded SNPs support 60,000 students daily in 167 TCDSB schools and serve over 1.2 million meals per month.
Working closely with our partners at the Toronto Foundation for Students Success (TFSS), the City of Toronto/Toronto Public Health and the Ontario Ministry of Child and Social Services, we are re-allocating funds to get help out as soon as possible by launching a student home nutrition program initiative called FOOD FOR KIDS! The goal of this unique initiative is to distribute grocery food cards ($50* per student per family) to the neediest families using a TCDSB community-based, priority process. *$50 is equivalent to 30 breakfasts per child based on Canadian shopping and preparation guidelines.
To further meet the COVID-19 emergency challenge, I have also authorized the use of the Foundation’s AFL Social Work Emergency Fund (SWEF) to fill any gaps identified by the TCDSB social work team during the extended school closure. However, the unprecedented impact of this global pandemic means these two measures will be far from adequate.
We need your help now! Since April 1, the AFL has delivered some 20,000 grocery gift cards totaling over $1 million to TCDSB students and families. Another 15,000 will be issued over the summer months of July and August, to meet AFL’s goal to deliver $1.7 million in grocery cards - a central component of the Foundation’s $2 million plan to provide direct assistance to TCDSB students and their families most negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency. Also, since March 13, $100,000 has been distributed to families through the AFL’s Social Work Emergency Fund, however, requests for help continue to pour in every day. The Foundation has never experienced widespread need like this in its 33-year history. Please help us to ensure we have the funding for families in our community during this very difficult time. DONATE TO OUR COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND TODAY!
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These are extraordinary times requiring extraordinary measures and forward-thinking.
Thank you for your generosity.
John W. Yan
The Angel Foundation for Learning