MABELLEarts connects people to each other and the places we call home. They work toward community-led social and economic development on Mabelle Avenue; a low-income, high-density tower community in Central Etobicoke. 4,000 people live on this block, with more than half living below the poverty line. Food insecurity is a serious problem for the residents.
The MABELLEpantry will transition from an emergency food bank to a sustainable model that serves a winder community and creates more opportunity for more people to benefit. The goal is less overall reliance on the pantry thanks to the wider community subsidizing the pantry through pay-what-you-can or similar model and more community members earning from the pantry through related programs.