Help Feed Toronto’s Vulnerable
During the Covid-19 crisis, Steve Kidron, the owner of Kitchen 24, recognized a pressing need. With businesses shutting down, community support dwindling, and unemployment rates rising, he knew that people were facing food insecurity. Steve’s personal experience with hunger and poverty drove him to take action. He began self-funding the preparation of meals on a daily basis to ensure that no one in Toronto went hungry during this difficult time.
To date, we have partnered with over 40 community organizations and provided more than 30,000 meals to those in need. However, even after the pandemic subsides, it has become evident that there is an ongoing need. Many vulnerable residents in Toronto and the surrounding areas have lost access to social services and basic necessities due to the long-lasting effects of COVID-19. Kitchen 24 remains committed to being part of the solution by utilizing our space, volunteers, and resources to provide food to those who need it the most.
Since the start of the quarantine, we have been producing and donating 500-700 cooked meals daily to nursing homes and shelters within our community. Our goal is to continue serving our community and meeting their needs. However, we recognize that 500 meals are not sufficient. Our facility has the capacity to produce more meals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We plan to keep going as long as there are people in need of nourishment during this pandemic.
To achieve our mission, we have set a fundraising goal of $15,000. This will enable us to create thousands of meals to feed the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Whether individuals are struggling due to COVID-19 or pre-existing circumstances, we need your support to reach everyone in need.
As the largest shared kitchen in Ontario, we have the advantage of practicing social distancing among our volunteers while efficiently producing nutritious meals at a low cost. We understand that food banks are facing challenges due to health and safety concerns. However, our facility can overcome these obstacles and become the central hub for mass-producing and distributing meals to everyone in our community.
Kitchen 24 is a labor of love, entirely operated by dedicated volunteers. This means that all donations go directly toward feeding those who need it. We rely on the generosity of individuals like you to help us make a difference in the lives of our community members.
Your entire donation goes directly towards feeding those who need it.
For a simple donation of:
$25 Feed 8-10 people
$50 Feed 3-4 families
$100 Feed over 30 people
$150 Feed up to 15 families
$250 Feed close to 100 people
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We are all in this together. Thank you so much for your support!
ABOUT KITCHEN24 & SATELLITE
Kitchen24 supports chefs, caterers and foodpreneurs to connect,
collaborate and innovate to grow their food business and turn
their dreams into reality.
In partnership with the City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service
(TPS), Kitchen24 would like to expand its operations and ensure
its programming is accessible to the broader Toronto community.
As part of its community programming, Kitchen24 has three goals:
1. Continue to work with TPS to distribute nutritious meals to
community members facing food insecurity.
2. Create a mobile crisis response meal program for community members and first responders facing emergency circumstances including natural disasters.
3. Provide workshops, employment & entrepreneurial training to community members experiencing barriers to employment & economic development. erimentation.
MEET CEO & FOUNDER: STEVE KIDRON.
Steve Kidron learned what it takes to overcome obstacles and build a successful business from scratch. Previously homeless and experiencing food insecurity as a new immigrant to Canada, Steve understands the complex economic and social challenges that can prevent people from realizing their dreams. Now, his goal is to give back to the community & help create opportunities for people experiencing difficulty to transform their lives. Steve is a natural teacher, mentor & role model for people facing personal challenges and obstacles to employment. Steve welcomes partnerships with the government, Toronto Police Service, non-profit, corporate and private business partners interested in making a difference in people’s lives.
MEET OUR PARTNERS
Kitchen24 has worked closely with a network of incredible supporters to translate our vision to reality. Our partners and supporters include but are not limited to:
- Hundreds of volunteers who prepare and package meals for community members.
- TPS Neighbourhood Community Officers who have been loading & distributing thousands of meals to residents facing food insecurity.
- Second Harvest Canada, who donates surplus food and other resources.
- City of Toronto, who has provided funding to support the Community Meal Program.
- City Councillors & MPP’s who have supported Kitchen24’s initiatives through packaging & distributing meals.