there are an estimated 10,000 youths in the city of toronto that will be homeless at some point this year.
70% of street youth have experienced physical or emotional abuse in the home. Many faced poverty, family violence, and unstable living conditions.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” MATTHEW 25:35-36
Since 1996, Knox has helped street youth in our city through the Youth Dinner & Food Bank. Operating from November to April each year, we welcome youths under the age of 26 on Tuesday evenings for a hot meal and provide them with a bag of groceries and a TTC token. Each week we feed between 100-125 kids. Sometimes this is the only home-cooked meal the kids may have all week. Beyond these physical needs, we also seek to provide support, mentorship, and Christian love and witness in a positive environment.
Your Help: A Little Goes a Long Way
- For $12 per week, you can provide a street youth with a hot meal, a some basic groceries, and a TTC token.
- A donation of $312 provides meals, groceries, and tokens to one street youth for the entire season.
- $12 a week may not seem like much, but with over 100 kids turning up each week, this ministry costs upwards of $1200 per week to operate.
- Our program is primarily supported through your donations. Please consider making an online donation to support the Food Bank. Please designate “Youth Dinner and Food Bank” in the Message/Instructions box. If you are making a United Way donation this year, you can request that your United Way donation be used to support the program as well. When you submit your form, simply click the “designate” box and indicate that you would like to select another program. Enter: “ Knox Youth Dinner and Food Bank 620 Spadina Avenue Toronto M5S 2H4“.
We also graciously accept non-perishable food donations, look for the bins placed around the church. There are also volunteer opportunities, please speak to Bill or Vicki Wood.