Building Roots In The Time Of COVID-19

With COVID-19, we are working hard to provide food for the most vulnerable in our community right now, and are offering new at-home resources for children, families, and seniors in need.

Building Roots is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our volunteers, workers, and the people we serve. Our Moss Park Market remains open Saturdays at 260 Queen Street East from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We are no longer letting anyone into the shipping container, but are providing our bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as soup from the door. When a line forms, distancing of two meters is in place.

Right now we are also shifting our focus to more at-home resources to provide relief and support to those who need it most. We are delivering food baskets with fresh, nutritious food to seniors, community members living with emotional or mobility barriers, as well as those in self-isolation that have trouble accessing food. These deliveries started on Saturday, March 21. We’ve heard from our deliveries that residents are very thankful for the food right now and are helping neighbours in their building as well.

We are also providing educational resource and activity kits for families with kids home from school. Books and other resources can be picked up in addition to groceries from the Moss Park Market during regular Saturday hours (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), following the same strict social distancing policies.

If you’d like to help, please consider making a donation. 100 percent of your contribution will go towards the cost of our emergency food provisions. You can donate $5.00 for one basket, or any increment of $5.00. For example, $50 provides ten baskets of food. All donations will receive a tax receipt.

If you live in Moss Park and are in need of a food delivery, please send an email to

Thank you for checking in and building deeper roots in our community when it’s needed the most. For more frequent updates, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

The City of Toronto also has a COVID-19 webpage with the latest public health information.

Lisa Kates and Darcy Higgins,
Founding Partners, Building Roots


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