In 2020, Canada's most vulnerable people faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic - and so did the food aid system created to support them.
The Jewish community rose to the challenge with compassion, generosity, and chesed (lovingkindness). Through MAZON Canada, you provided hundreds of thousands of meals.
Learn more about your impact through MAZON in 2020:
In total, Mazon made possible an average of 1000 meals each day through our partners! This included 'meals on wheels'-style home deliveries, hot meals packaged to-go, meals cooked at home from food hampers, and more. Learn more about how we count our impact here.
In 2020, Mazon supported food projects in 88 towns and cities in 10 provinces and territories, both close to you and far away. To learn about your impact all over Canada, check out our 'Mazon in your community' series:
Our diverse portfolio of partners meets many kinds of people. Learn more about our incredible partners through our interactive partner map to the left (or view a larger version here)!
There's no one-size-fits-all answer to hunger - so MAZON diversifies our impact to make the biggest difference for food-insecure people with the resources we have. Learn more about our grants below:
Our Grocery Grants do the biggest part of our work: providing food for people who need it.
Most of our partners use these grants to buy fresh, healthy food that is rarely donated: fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat. Sometimes they're used on other rare items that serve specific groups: baby formula, Kosher or Halal foods, or food for specialized medical diets. Lastly, when our partners are in dire situations, these grants are used for daily staples like pasta, bread, and rice.
Our Grocery partners go beyond food, too: 78% offer social, community, or educational supports. 0ften the food is used as a point of connection to start a relationship that offers other services. Almost 50% of our Grocery partners offer support towards housing or employment, aiming to end their clients' food insecurity once and for all.
Mazon provided $526,429 in Grocery Grants in 2020 to 143 partners, providing an estimated 150,000 meals.
Almost all our donations are from Jewish people and families - including personal giving, family foundations, and small businesses run by Jewish people and our allies. As a Jewish organization that represents our community, we'd rather have $5 from every Jewish household in Canada than $1M from a major international corporation. That's what it means to do this work based in Jewish values.
Our funding is grassroots and comes from our community. In 2020, 97% of the gifts we received were $500 or less - in fact, 62% were under $100. While we couldn't do what we do without those few impactful large gifts, it's also true that your small gifts matter. To learn more how small gifts add up, or how a significant gift to Mazon could make a difference:
DIRECTLY ON THE MISSION...
As the Jewish community rallied in 2020 to support people in need through the pandemic, we spent your gifts with urgency. Mazon doesn't hoard your gifts as investments - when you make a donation, we turn it into food as fast as we can. That's how we moved $200,000 in the first months of the pandemic through Emergency Grants as a result of your support during our record-breaking Passover Campaign.
OF EACH $1
Mazon knows every dollar we receive is precious, and spends it accordingly. We get a lot done with a small staff, a modest office, and dedicated volunteers including our Allocations Committee and Board of Directors. We want your gifts where they're needed most - on the front lines of the fight against hunger.
MAZON Canada knows that Jewish people are compassionate neighbors wherever in the world we live. That's why Mazon supports programs that exclusively serve Jewish clients and programs that serve people of all ages, ethnicities, faiths, and abilities. In 2020, Mazon supported many programs that mainly serve a specific group that faces barriers to food security and accessing food aid programs:
CHILDREN AND YOUTH (AND THEIR FAMILIES)
HOMELESS OR MARGINALLY HOUSED PEOPLE
PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES
"Thank you so much for the time you give us to rest our emotions, hearts and thoughts as we are healing. My daughter will grow stronger seeing that there is good in this world and that nothing needs to be returned for this great gift." - Client at Auberge Shalom Pour Femmes --- "The kids loved the oranges, peaches and much more that was given to us. Watching the kids faces light up when they saw the food and how quiet they were while eating because they were enjoying it so much! Thank you so much for giving our kids the option to have healthy snacks and lunches all summer!!" - I Can for Kids --- "Without the support, we would not have been able to
...WHO WANT TO
FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
continue our Kosher food box program." - Memories without Borders --- "This grant came at a time where we were unsure about our future. It allowed us to have the time to not only continue the program as normal, but to also garner more funding to continue past this point." - The Georgina Pop Up Breakfast Club --- "We operate on a very modest budget and often cannot send as many items as are requested, mostly due to the extreme cost of transportation into the North. The MAZON grant allowed us to fully meet the needs of the community request. " - Mikinkoos Children's Fund --- "Sometimes we old ones (I am 80) feel forgotten but this service makes me happy." - Client at Community Care of West Niagra --- "Mazon's purchase of dairy for our seniors has been an incredible boost to our food packages and our seniors have been thrilled to receive these products." - Food For Life Canada --- "[We asked our homeless clients] what change [this food] has made in their lives. The most memorable for me was the young person who wrote his name and date of birth and under that he wrote what he believes would have been the date of his death earlier this year if he hadn’t received help." - Mission Services of Hamilton ---"[I received] healthy food I would not have otherwise. I feel more energized after I come here.” - Client at Qajukturvik Community Food Centre --- "It seemed like a bottomless well of goodies. Everything for a Seder and so, so much more. For weeks afterwards both my heart and my belly were full." - Client at the Hamilton Kosher Food Bank --- "I appreciate the vegetables given. I learned to love and cook these vegetables and to eat healthy." - Client at the PACT Program