Poverty Alleviation

Fighting poverty through food support and healthcare programs for low-income seniors and single-parent families.

Food Support – Groceries – Healthcare – Poverty Alleviation

Did you know that 4.9 million people – every one in five people in Canada – are in poverty? At CASE Community, we work towards poverty alleviation through our non profit food voucher programs for low-income seniors and single-parent families. The goal of our poverty alleviation donation program is to help communities fight food insecurity that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are proud to announce that we have successfully served more than 1,029 seniors and low-income parents through this program and still have an increasing waitlist. Our service delivery model entails both in-person and virtual service while strictly observing all public health COVID-19 safety protocols.

Moreover, we have effectively built and maintained a good working relationship with partner organizations and other relevant service providers such as social housing and apartment complexes where seniors reside, retirement homes, educational institutions, government ministries, faith-based organizations, cultural groups, etc. Overall, all our programs and services are guided by the need to serve Peel Region’s most vulnerable families in their times of need, and this mission underlies all our projects and programs.

Seniors Food-Groceries Voucher Support

Promoting equitable access to nutritious and culturally relevant foods

Food and grocery vouchers programs offer an important lifeline for the vulnerable and low-income. These vouchers also effectively reduce the anguish of expired or rotten food, ensuring that everyone gets fresh and healthy food. Food is a fundamental human right. Still, about 1 in 8 Canadian households suffer from food insecurity. Often, marginalized populations such as low-income seniors, single-parent households, and recent immigrants are the most at risk. The pandemic further increased barriers to accessing adequate food which has been detrimental to the health and well-being of many households. With the generous support of our sponsors, CASE aims to tackle this growing problem of food insecurity through grassroots initiatives that provide help at the individual level.

Our Non Profit Food Voucher program aims to make fresh and nutritious food accessible for low-income seniors and single parents in our community. Our program provides financial supplements to low-income seniors and single parents in the form of grocery vouchers. These vouchers enable our clients to purchase nutritious and suitable food that meets their needs and enables them to lead a healthy, fulfilling life.

You are eligible for the Seniors Food Voucher program if you are…

  1. 60 years of age or older, or if you are a Single Parent AND
  2. Qualify as low-income

Here’s how it works:

  1. You fill out this form and register.
  2. You receive one voucher worth $50.
  3. You use the voucher at participating stores to purchase foods of your choice.

Please note that due to limited funding, our program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may be placed on our waiting list.

Free Seasonal Tax Clinic

Supporting vulnerable low-income communities through free tax preparation

Filing taxes can be an intimidating and expensive endeavour. Yet, for low-income households, tax preparation can be vital to accessing social support and government assistance. We provide free tax preparation services to low-income seniors every year. With the help of our free tax clinics, seniors and other vulnerable community members can take advantage of government grants, benefits, and savings to boost their household finances. Our next free tax clinic is scheduled for Spring 2022. Have any questions about the program?

Seniors Healthy Mini-Food Bank

Our Healthy Mini-Food Banks are key community resources where senior citizens can access healthy and nutritious foods, often on a regular basis. Unfortunately, almost 1 out of 10 households in Peel Region still experiences food security problems in 2013/2014 as like other households in Ontario. Presently, our database shows 1025 (including a waiting list) low-income seniors, and who kept calling to seek support, no doubt, shows increased demand beyond March 2022. Hence CASE resolved to set-up and run a Mini-Healthy Food Bank to support these clients (65years+) by improving access to safe and healthy food which also serves as a distribution channel for this population and local farmers.

During the winter of 2021, CASE set-up the Healthy Mini-Food Bank to serve the low-income seniors, with the support of Food Bank Canada. So far, our mini-foodbank has served over 750 Low-Income vulnerable seniors (65+ years) in Brampton who accessed food items such as dairy, chicken, vegetable oil, onion, brown rice, and healthy grain products etc. on a hybrid basis. The Mini-Food Bank is located at core Downtown Brampton for easy accessibility, complement and increase the capacity of our food security program to serve clients effectively. It has also increased healthy food accessibility, availability, and affordability for the seniors within Brampton during this COVID-19 recovery period.