Scarborough Soup Kitchen Has Plans to Grow
In an urban centre where many face challenging situations and struggle to meet even their basic needs, 5n2 Soup Kitchens successfully provides free and healthy meals for hundreds of marginalized families, children and newcomers each week. Founded by Seema David, 5n2 Soup Kitchens has grown from serving 100 meals in one location to over 800 meals in six locations!
And there are already two other locations on the waiting list: one for serving at-risk children after school four days a week, and another in a Toronto Community Housing building. Adding these alone would potentially take their numbers to 1,000 meals/week. Sadly, lack of funding means that clients have to wait for these two locations to be available.
5n2 Soup Kitchens wants to move from their current facility at Ellesmere and Markham to a location closer to their clientele in the Kingston-Lawrence-Galloway area. This will give them the opportunity to help even more people. However, they are not taking the relocation lightly as it represents a significant operational cost.
“There are several vacant storefronts and locations suitable for our current and proposed expanded operations in the Morningside/Kingston/Lawrence areas which are out of our financial reach,” says David. “The biggest challenge is raising the funds to lease a location that can suit the short-term and longer-term needs of 5n2 Kitchens in the desired area.” Although 5n2 has started a fundraising campaign on Gofundme, it is clear they need the support of a patron or of a corporate sponsor.
Plans for expansion include programming to help low-income clients facing food insecurity and creating a comprehensive program to help people of all ages and backgrounds develop food budgets and cook basic healthy recipes. 5n2 Kitchens would also like to have a dine-in facility for their clients.
(Guest article and photo provided by Seema David, founder of 5n2 Soup Kitchens.)