This Is How Food Heals The Soul

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre

The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre knows that food can help heal a soul just as much as it can nourish a body

In every society sharing food is an important building block in creating community. Preparing a meal for someone is a simple way to show you care and it’s one of the ways the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre builds a community of trust and support.

Nourishing food is always available for the sexual assault survivors who walk through their doors. Whether they come from the 24-hour crisis line which receives up to 45 calls a day, or through one of many support groups, face-to-face counselling, or other programs serving up-to 50 different individuals each week, they will find a safe table to heal their minds and bodies.

Staff divide the responsibility of cooking the one main meal a day, typically shared with 5-20 people. The meals vary to meet the preferences of a diverse community built through services addressing some of our most marginalized survivors. The Older Black Women’s Group and the Latin American Women’s Program are two such services which have been supporting sexual assault survivors within these communities for decades. The more recent Trans and Non-Binary Program just adds to this diversity.

So here’s the kicker, in order to meet the Toronto Public Health guidelines they must install a dishwasher because they feed the public from their centre. Such a large scale item is difficult to find in the centre’s limited budget. Now, we’re not talking about one of those expensive commercial machines – just a normal residential dishwasher will do the trick.

This sounds like something that a group of caring residents can pitch in to help out with. We call on Troop neighbours to help the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre continue their great work in nourishing the minds and bodies of sexual assault survivors.

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We’re coming together to help the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre purchase a dishwasher so they can continue to feed and heal sexual assault survivors. In order to meet Toronto Public Health guidelines, they need to install a dishwasher. Such a large scale item is difficult to find in the centre’s limited budget. Now, we’re not talking about one of those expensive commercial machines – just a normal residential dishwasher will do the trick. The machine they have their sights on is $499. If we blow this up and surpass the target, any additional money raised will go towards food vouchers from Freshco.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

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More Details: Toronto Rape Crisis Centre

The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) provides peer support to survivors of sexual violence. They work towards a violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support through counselling, education and activism. As an important pillar in the Toronto community since 1974, their services have grown to include a 24hour crisis line, individual face to face counselling, court support and accompaniment, advocacy, support groups, public education and workshops, activism, and prison support.

Through the creation of their longest-running support group, the Latin American Women’s Program, they offer these services in Spanish to all those people of Latin American origin who identify themselves as a survivor of gender, intrafamily and sexual violence, including members of the LGBTQ community.

The TRCC/MWAR has a core belief that survivors of sexual violence are experts in their own healing. Together they work toward creating a thriving community, empowering survivors, their family members and friends, of all races, classes, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities and spiritualities.
17 Phoebe St, Toronto, ON M5T 1A8

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