MAZON Canada is a grassroots community foundation that feeds both Jewish and non-Jewish Canadians in need by supporting a network of 262 front-line food projects in 89 towns and cities across the country.
OVER 5.8 MILLION CANADIANS EXPERIENCE FOOD INSECURITY
Being food insecure doesn't "just" mean being hungry. It means being forced, regularly, to choose between food for your family and other critical expenses such as rent and medication.
The number of food insecure Canadians has grown by 1.4 million since 2019 and food bank use has continued to climb - reaching record levels in 2022 that surpassed even lockdown hights.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF
FOOD AID PROGRAMS IN CANADA
This network of food banks, shelters, school nutrition programs, and drop-ins provide support to tens of thousands of people in need every single day.
The staff and volunteers on the front lines see how their clients are struggling and often know what they would need to have a fighting chance... Unfortunately, most food aid programs are chronically underfunded, making it difficult to meet the needs of clients.
Handing out food hampers
at MAZON partner program:
Parker Street Food Bank (NS)
WHEN CANADIANS GO HUNGRY, THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CARES.
MAZON Canada is how we
do something about it -
MAZON provides grassroots organizations across the country with the resources they need to support their communities and feed better food in bigger quantities to more people than ever before.
at MAZON partner program:
Nutrition for Learning (ON)
Past MAZON Board Member - Talia Klein Leighton with a student participant from Toronto Foundation For Student Success.
"Thanks to support for the nutrition program at Lawrence Heights Middle School, students have been able to enjoy a healthy meal on a daily basis while at the same time learning the skills of preparing healthy food and why it’s so essential to their health and wellness. Thank you for your continued support of our students and communities."
Toronto Foundation For Student Success - MAZON grantee
STREET OUTREACH PROGRAMS
OUT OF THE COLD NIGHTS
MEALS ON WHEELS
SENIOR CARE PROGRAMS
TO ALL THESE PEOPLE
and so many more...
"Thank you so very much for all you and the Jewish Community do for our food programs. You are always so supportive. I can’t wait to get planting and some seeds in the ground!"
- Peggy Julseth, Coordinator at Ksan Place (BC)
MAZON Garden Grantee
MAZON Garden Partner - Midwest Food Resources
in North Battleford, Saskatchewan
MAZON PRIORITIZES PARTNERS THAT:
Are the only source of food in their area
Operate with small budgets / with limited resources
Are grassroots (powered mostly by volunteers)
Support demographics most vulnerable hunger, or who face barriers at most food programs
Offer wrap around supports (eg. access to mental health services, employment opportunities, etc)
Exist in solidarity with their community (eg. staff members and leadership share lived experience with clients)
MAZON SUPPORTS PARTNERS THROUGH:
Kids enjoying their after school snack at Inner City Outreach (ON) - MAZON Partner Program
These grants are for organizations buying food directly for people in need. This is the most urgent aspect of our work, and represents the majority of our grants.
These grants make long-term investments and build capacity by helping organizations buy or replace critical equipment like fridges and freezers, or delivery vans.
These grants buy supplies for
community gardens, teaching people in need to grow their own food and helping organizations feed healthy fruits and vegetables to their clients.
These grants exist to support our most innovative partner programs as they launch bold new programs, build capacity, or invest in advocacy work to tackle hunger at the very root.
Volunteers packing food hampers at MAZON Partner, PanTree of Life (QC)
THAT IS HOW WE ARE SERVING 1,000+ MEALS PER DAY THROUGH
262 PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY!
But we can't do it without your support.
Volunteers packing food hampers at MAZON Partner Program, PanTree of Life (QC)