The Jewish Response to Homelessness

Ve'ahavta mobilizes volunteers across Toronto to provide hot meals and supplies DIRECTLY to vulnerable populations. Their job skills program trains people seeking to re-enter the workforce in food service skills, and the 2,600 meals each month they create together are distributed through a brightly branded outreach van (pictured to the right).


In 2021, Mazon helped them purchase an additional delivery van, which has allowed them scale up their outreach and provide quality meals to community members right where they're needed most - on the streets and in encampments. 

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St. Lukes United
Out of the Cold

In the winter of 2020, St. Luke's “Out of the Cold” program was launched as a emergency joint interfaith effort to support homeless Torontonians shut out of the city’s shelter system during the early days of the pandemic. By meeting clients where they were and establishing trusting relationships, St. Lukes served as a lifeline by providing hot meals and harm reduction supplies to homeless community members on the streets and in encampments.


Come springtime, the need for food had only grown. This once-temporary operation is now in its third year of continuous operation, providing 600 meals a week under the leadership of Rafi Aaron - one of the Toronto Jewish community's leading anti-poverty advocates.

Inn From the Cold
Seasonal Shelter Services

Inn from the Cold provides a safe and warm emergency support site for people to sleep when experiencing homelessness in the winter months. While large city-run shelters are failing to meet complex needs of a growing unhoused population, Inn From the Cold’s volunteer-run program provides shower and laundry facilities, wellness checks, and 4,250 hot meals to over 100 people each month.


Beyond meeting these critical emergency needs, on-site workers assist clients with affordable housing and employment options – moving beyond response and into care-oriented proactive measures to break cycles of poverty. Currently, Inn From the Cold is in the process of launching an additional shelter facility and has plans to develop 18 transitional housing units.

105 Gibson Centre

Alexandra Park Neighbourhood Learning Centre

ANIDA (All Nations International Development Agency)

ArtHeart Community Art Centre

Bikur Cholim

Blue Door / Mosaic Out of the Cold

Cecil Community Centre

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services

Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

Church of the Holy Trinity

Community Connect

Creating Family Together Resource Centre

Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust

First Interfaith Out of the Cold

Flemingdon Park Ministry

Friends of Ruby

Haven on the Queensway

Haven Toronto

Homes First Society

Horizons for Youth


Jane Alliance Neighbourhood Services

Jean Augustine Centre for Women's Empowerment


Margaret's Housing and Community Support

Nanny Angel Network

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With our shelter system straining and food bank usage reaching the highest levels ever recorded in Canadian history, your donation will feed the hungry by supporting struggling food programs and the people that depend on them -  people of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and abilities.



On the darkest day of someone’s life:
be there for them.

National Council of Jewish Women

North York Harvest Food Bank

Ontario Learning Development Foundation Inc.

Our Place Community of Hope

Parkdale Community Food Bank

Project Hostel o/a Yellow Brick House

Scadding Court Community Centre

Seeds Of Hope

Sistema Toronto Academy

St Lukes United

St. John the Compassionate Mission

Street Haven

Syme Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre

The June Callwood Centre for Young Women

The Massey Centre for Women

The PACT Grow-to-Learn Program

The Stop Community Food Centre

Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee

Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

Toronto Urban Native Ministry

Toronto Vegetarian Foodbank

United Chesed of Toronto

Urban Squash Toronto


WoodGreen Foundation

Yonge Street Mission

York Catholic District School Board