Aangen’s Heal Hunger Initiative mission is to be a part of a solution towards hunger and food security.
A call for love, in the form of free warm meals, from the Parkdale Community Food Bank inspired Aangen. Aangen was called to action when the Parkdale Community Food Bank (PCFB) was seeking a way to serve their clients a warm meal while they waited to pick up groceries. A week after their first meeting with Operations Manager, Hazel Perkins, Aangen launched a free meal program in support of the PCFB.
Since August 25th, 2016 Aangen has prepared and served a vegetarian meal every Thursday outside of the Parkdale Community Food Bank. Their efforts have been positively received by the PCFB clients. In addition to the warm meals Aangen has brought together a community.
“we hug and we share stories and for just a couple of hours these amazing people are reminded that they do belong and that we are one.” – Heather Maciel, Program Coordinator
Aangen also provides hygiene products, clothing, shoes and other items that are requested by the clients at PCFB. Since the launch of this program the PCFB staff has reported an increase in visitors to the food bank, less tension and frustration amongst both staff and clients and overall happier people.
“Food is love! It really is healing on so many levels.” - Toni Zambri, Aangen Chef and Cafe Supervisor
‘Kickin’ it in the Kitchen’ was inspired by the needs of the Horizons for Youth shelter. The Youth at Horizons are facing traumatizing and chaotic life situations and food is not their priority. Food is a necessity and even more so, it is a basic human right. However, during such a sensitive time youth experiencing homelessness cannot always access healthy meals. Through the ‘Kickin’ it in the Kitchen’ program Aangen wants to change the way food is perceived by our youth and equip them with skills that can be taken from the kitchen and applied to their lives.
We’ve introduced a hip and trendy series of cooking workshops where we teach the youth how to cook simple meals on a budget that do not lose their integrity in quality. In addition we are excited to extend the program to include training in Urban Farming where youth will learn how to grow and harvest food!
Monthly Guest Cook Tolga, Co-Owner of The Good Fork, located at 2432 Bloor St. W
Zachary and Ashley of Sunkisser, local Urban Farmers
To empower youth through cooking, allowing them to grow in confidence and independence.
To provide a safe and fun cooking environment.
To inspire their creative side and nourish the need for socialization.
To cultivate appreciate and gratitude for food and where food is grown.
To see the youth engaged and happy
In December of 2015 through the Hope for the Holidays program we were able to deliver gifts to 13 families! Each gift was hand delivered before Christmas, it was our gift to see the smiling faces and feel such warmth and gratitude from the families.
If you, your family or organization would like to sponsor a family over the holidays or if you know of a family who can use the extra support please contact our Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.