In the Gerrard-Parliament streets area, The Yonge Street Mission served turkey dinners to 200 people struggling with poverty this past weekend.
Angie Draskovic, the Yonge St. Mission’s president and CEO, said donations come in from the community to foot the $3.11 per plate it costs to run the dinner.
“We provide over 140,000 meals per year, but the reality is it’s the entry,” she said. “It’s about knowing about our services. People can find support in terms of counselling, food bank, healthcare, employment counselling, getting back to work — all those services.”
The Yonge Street Mission — a Yonge Street Toronto staple since 1896 — is moving its namesake flagship location at 381 Yonge St. to a bigger spot in three years in the city, Draskovic said, in order to accommodate more street-involved youth and enhanced programming.
“It started serving meals to chronically homeless men back in 1914 and we just recently agreed to sell that property — it’s one of our six properties,” she said. “We’ve seen the needs grow and grow and the facility is busting out at the seams.”