COVID-19 is not just a health threat - it’s a humanitarian crisis. We must isolate for public safety, but this worsens food insecurity. For our most vulnerable citizens, it’s harder than ever to meet basic needs. Hunger is growing, putting marginalized communities at risk.

To respond to this emergency, Aangen has joined the #GivingTuesdayNow global day of giving and unity on May 5, 2020. Through our Families in Need program, we help vulnerable neighbours meet their essential needs. We are asking for your support of our #HungryToHelp campaign - to raise $5,000 for our program recipients between April 21 and May 5.

Why this matters:
One in five Toronto households experience food insecurity
32% of food bank clients are children
During COVID-19, food bank use in Toronto is surging
The United Nations says the coronavirus pandemic could have a “devastating impact on food security”
Food insecurity is associated with a higher risk of chronic diseases, depression, anxiety and death

“This pandemic underscores that we are all in this together, and that with cooperation, we can better alleviate hunger in Toronto,” says Gurbeen Bhasin, executive director of Aangen. “Having access to affordable, nutritious food is a human right. Let’s all take care of each other during this challenging time!” 

About Aangen:
Aangen is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to providing sustainable, solution-based responses to social injustices locally and globally. Operating in Toronto since 2000, we focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through innovative programs that address hunger and homelessness, create employment opportunities for marginalized people, help families in crisis and much more. We raise funds for our community service programs by selling farm products, and providing catering and cleaning services. Our vision to foster personal empowerment and nurture communities is embodied by our driving philosophy: One Love. One World.

Support Aangen’s #HungryToHelp campaign - send payments to payments.aangen@gmail.com

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