The Fort York Food Bank - Southam Design


THE FORT YORK FOOD BANK

Southam Design was proud to be involved in re-designing the Fort York Food Bank in Toronto for ET Canada.

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Fort York Food Bank project and ET Canada

 

fortyorkEach year at ET Canada we nominate and celebrate people who are dealing with some form of adversity in their lives – from illness to hardship – for a series we call ET Canada Gives Back.  As part of the series we try to do our best to make their lives special in some way. This year we’re working with the Fort York Food Bank (FYFB).

Situated at Dundas and Bathurst the FYFB serves over 180 meals a day – in September of this year they provided 4086 meals out of their humble community kitchen.  The kitchen looks like something you might find in an apartment and it is nothing short of a miracle that they are able to produce so much with so little.

The organization has only 1 full time staff member and depend solely on the kindness of volunteers to help those in need. The FYFB is more than a kitchen though, it is a multi-service facility.  Besides the daily warm meals they also operate as a food bank, provide counseling services and help with building people’s resumes.

The FYFB supports some of the most vulnerable people in our city – 46% of those that use the services are new Canadians, 20% are children and the use by senior citizens continues to grow. In the last 24 months the group reports demand for their services is up 30% by people in the community.

How can you help?

We are seeking donations and deeply discounted items to turn the Fort York Food Bank’s community kitchen into a highly functioning and welcoming space.

We also need all items in record time as the actual renovation is happening THIS WEEKEND from Saturday Dec 3 to Monday Dec 5. The tight turnaround time means that the kitchen, which is normally closed during that time, will not miss serving one meal to the people who need it the most.

Leading the charge is star Designer Penny Southam from the W Network’s “All for Nothing” with Contractor Ron Foley from Maicon Project Management Inc. on the ground to make sure her vision is realized.   Both talents are donating their time and expertise to make this happen.

About Penny Southam, star Designer “All for Nothing”

Penny Southam is an award-winning interior designer known for creating inner spaces with modern lines and classic elements with an emphasis on function.  Her love for animals almost led Penny to become a vet, but her flair for design veered her towards a career as a designer. Born in Montreal, Penny has worked and lived in Los Angeles, Hawaii and New York City until she finally settled down in Ottawa. With 18 years of experience under her belt and over 25 awards, including Top 40 Under 40 Business Professionals in Ottawa in 2005, Penny is the front runner of SOUTHAM DESIGN INC. The Ottawa-based company opened its doors in 1992 and has a client list that extends from Vancouver to New York City.  In 2009, Penny won Greater Ottawa’s Home Builder’s Association Award for interior design. The previous year, Penny won 7 of the Association’s awards, which is the most won by a single person in its 25 year history. Penny has been a contributing writer for Style at Home, Canadian Architecture & Design and the Ottawa Citizen.  Penny loves horses and is a member of a local polo team.  She lives at home with her two wonderful children - Kalie and Morgan.

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Thanks to Penny Southam

 

It was an amazing weekend and I can't thank you enough for choosing to work with FYFB on this project. The message below is just one of many that will be coming in over the next while. Aside from the transformation itself, it was inspiring for me personally to work with so many great people giving so much of their time for our clients. I said this a few times yesterday, but you should all be very proud of what was accomplished and in such a short time-frame.

 

We will see the full impact over the upcoming months - 1,400 people a month coming to a warmer/more welcoming place; 50 - 60 volunteers a month whose experience will be better because of a functional kitchen; many new volunteers who will build a longer term relationship with FYFB because of your introduction; new partnerships and friendships that we will work on to maintain, and so much more....

Thank you again on behalf of FYFB!

Take care, Ravi.B.Sreedharan



 

Hi Penny

Since there are so many involved and I wish to miss no one please pass this on to all involved.

I was flabbergasted ( always liked that word!) when I came in today. The kitchen is amazing and the tables/chairs, hamper room etc. is just incredible. Like walking in a strange new place. A good strange!

The kitchen staff are amazed as well. Everyone one has been so nice , friendly and more than helpful!

These generous donations are more than the sum of their parts. It's given a whole new feel and the clients we're quite surprised as this happened so quickly. All of us here are going through a bit of shell shock but as time grows by, the greatness of this will sink in more and more!.

To all of you involved , please express my deepest thanks and it is our hope at FYFB that all of you have a great holiday season and New Year in good health.

A humbled Program Manager:

Mike Schoonheyt

Program Manager (FYFB-2002)



Hi Penny
Since there are so many involved and I wish to miss no one please pass this on to all involved.
I was flabbergasted ( always liked that word!) when I came in today. The kitchen is amazing and the tables/chairs, hamper room etc. is just incredible. Like walking in a strange new place. A good strange!
The kitchen staff are amazed as well. Everyone one has been so nice , friendly and more than helpful!
These generous donations are more than the sum of their parts. It's given a whole new feel and the clients we're quite surprised as this happened so quickly. All of us here are going through a bit of shell shock but as time grows by, the greatness of this will sink in more and more!.
To all of you involved , please express my deepest thanks and it is our hope at FYFB that all of you have a great holiday season and New Year in good health.

A humbled Program Manager:
Mike Schoonheyt
Program Manager (FYFB-2002)


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