About Grace Community Food Share

NOTICE: Due to the recent increased demands, our capacity to serve has reached maximum threshold so we CAN NOT ACCEPT NEW INTAKE OF CLIENTS. For those in need, you can try to apply at Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA). Take care, be safe!

 

COVID-19: TEMPORARY CHANGES TO OUR FOOD BANK SERVICE

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, GCFS is doing everything we can to support you through this difficult time. We’re taking serious precautions to keep our clients and all volunteers safe and is placing the following new protocols for everyone’s safety.

At this time, we will be providing strictly food support only.

We will continuously evaluate and assess our procedures, and provide an update as needed.

In addition, we are taking the following precautionary steps:

All visitors and volunteers must sanitize/wash their hands immediately upon entry to our food share.

A temperature check & pre-screening must be conducted and passed before registration.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures of high-traffic and frequently touched surfaces.

To prevent too many people come in at the same time and the increased risk of infection, we ask that you must pre-book a time to come in and pass the screening test before you can come to pick up food hamper.

Our food bank services are available twice a month on every 1st & 3rd Sats.

Please email us at wecare@gracefoodbank.ca to indicate which of the following time slots you can come in by the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month.

10 am – 10:30 am
10:30- 11 am
11 am – 1130 am
1130- 11:45 am cut off time

For safety precautions, if you experience any of the followings:

• Have signs/symptoms suggestive of COVID-19

o Cough
o Fever
o Difficulty breathing

To avoid the spread of infection, do not go to the clinic or hospital before calling first and be ready to self-isolate if necessary.

Instructions for self-isolation:

  • Stay home , avoid contact with others.
  • Wash hands vigilantly , cover coughs/sneezes, wear a mask if available.
  • Please call Telehealth @ 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit for further direction and testing.

If you have any of the above symptoms, please take rest and do not come in to our food bank to avoid any possible infection to others.

For more information on proper safety precautions, please check out this link “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice” for the public with informational video from WHO – World Health Organization.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

We wish everyone stay calm, safe & healthy at this critical time.

 

About GCFS

Grace Community Food Share (GCFS) is a non-profit volunteer-based food pantry service initiated by Grace Chinese Gospel Church of North York.

GCFS was established in 2012 after years of prayer and a shared desire to serve the local community.

We are a non-boundary-based food bank that initially served residents in the Chester Le area and have since expanded to parts of North York, Scarborough, and Markham.

Our Mission

With the love of Jesus Christ, our mission is to provide temporary food assistance to serve individuals and families in need. Through community connections, we aim to provide supportive resources to help our clients overcome their life challenges.

Individuals in genuine need due to unemployment and/or health issues, low-income families, or new immigrants are all welcome. We serve everyone with dignity and respect, regardless of race or religion. If you would like to use our service, please call to register or bring the required documents and visit us during our hours of operation.

Our Impact

We have been shown amazing blessings from God, who has constantly provided for our needs, including wonderful volunteers and support from both within our church and from outside sources.

In 2016, we have experienced growth in the number of families in need, partly due to the refugee crisis in Syria and other parts of the world. While it deeply concerns us to see people so seriously affected, we are grateful for the opportunity to offer hope so that more people can experience the love of Jesus Christ.

Our ministry is not just about food: it’s about reaping a small harvest when we see how God transforms our clients, most of whom first come with gloomy faces, yet today offer us the gift of heart-warming smiles whenever they visit us. Dignity is a basic thing that we can help our clients restore by serving them with humility.

We ask clients for their e-mail addresses so we can serve the needs of the whole person better by sending time-sensitive community resources such as free workshops, health clinics, settlement programs, and job referrals. We have clients who successfully found work through these connections. At times, some clients like to give back by bringing traditional home-cooked food to share!

Read more about our impact in our testimonials and about the supporters who helped make all of it possible.