During the week of April 16th, The Corner partnered with Operation Ramzieh – a volunteer-run group from Ottawa, that was started by restaurateur
Abbis Mahmoud. They bought food in bulk, mobilizing volunteers to provide free food boxes to vulnerable seniors and others who were unable to access food during the pandemic. Operation Ramzieh has been receiving requests from all over Ontario, so when The Neighbourhood Office reached out on behalf of The Corner and their programs in the Thorncliffe neighbourhood, over 70 food boxes were delivered to The Corner for distribution to initiate this generous partnership.
Volunteers were mobilized again, this time a group of St. James Town ambassadors (community members who are trained in outreach and engagement) jumped in to help distribute the food boxes to residents in need in the buildings.
In order to identify the residents, Health Access St. James Town partners were called up to refer clients in St. James Town. By connecting with grassroots organisations and residents’ groups in St. James Town, 70 additional clients received meals. The Corner is working with a community dietician from Sherbourne Health to ensure that the food packages are in line with the Canada food guide and can be adapted to ensure longer storage, while remaining high in nutrients.
“My experience as a Community Ambassador at The Corner in the St. James Town community is very rich, especially because we work together with people from different backgrounds and cultures. We give our all to deliver food to the elderly and their family members, to cope with this pandemic (COVID-19) that is affecting the world today, with a very solid team spirit.”
– Lewis Monoe (Community Ambassador)