History of FoodReach
Launched in May 2015, FoodReach is a collaborative initiative between public, community and private sector partners founded by Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, Toronto Public Health and the Toronto Foundation for Student Success.
FoodReach was created as a systemic response to the problem of rising food costs. To counter this, Food Reach aims to:
- leverage the power of large group buying and offer affordable prices to all agencies, regardless of size
- provide daily delivery of fresh, high quality food
- create a platform for online collaboration, idea sharing and food literacy education
The core mandate of FoodReach is to ensure that meal programs serving many of Toronto’s most vulnerable citizens, such as children, individuals experiencing homelessness and low-income adults, have regular access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food.
Since its launch in May 2015, FoodReach continued to focus on building its infrastructure and delivering a strong product to its expanding group of member agencies. Now FoodReach is looking forward to an exciting stage of transition between initial start-up and continued growth.
With the hiring of dedicated, full-time staff, the leadership of a strong group of Board of Directors and the launch of an engaging and informative new website, FoodReach is expecting 2017 to be a huge year for the organization – the list of member agencies is growing rapidly, the number of food products being offered is larger than ever and a robust and engaging online portal makes community engagement, idea sharing and online order easier than ever.
Harnessing the power of non-profits to build healthier communities by providing reliable access to good food at a good price.
FoodReach uses online ordering, data management and communication tools to strengthen non-profit organisations working with vulnerable communities in the greater Toronto region. It does so by:
- Leveraging the combined purchasing power of non-profits in order to procure good food at lower costs
- Providing non-profits with regular and reliable information and metrics about buying, preparing and consuming good food
- Harnessing the knowledge and expertise in the non-profit sector to build healthier communities, for all.”