This guide is designed to help Willowdale residents find some resources that are available in Willowdale or in the GTA. This guide compiles non-profit, community, and government resources that can help during the Covid-19 crisis.
FOOD ACCESS & EMERGENCY RESOURCES
Free Food Hamper Delivery for Seniors Call: 1-833-204-9952
The City is working with the Red Cross and other partners to provide food hamper delivery to seniors and others in need who are self-isolating and unable to leave their homes to access food.
This is an essential, free service.
SPRINT Senior Care’s New Shopping Program in partnership with Sobeys You do not have to be a SPRINT client to register for this service: 416-481-0669 ext. 1225
This service costs a fee for individual meals or for a group of meals, either hot or frozen.
All orders will be securely processed through the SPRINT Shopping Program using a credit card.
FoodShare is working quickly and closely with frontline agencies to ensure that folks who are facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic are getting access to good food. To support our efforts please visit our Emergency Food Relief Fund donation page.
Friendly Neighbour Hotline Hotline: 1-855-581-9580, and available in 180 languages.
Seniors in low income housing can call and get connected to a network of over 1,200 volunteers throughout the city who can help with picking up groceries, household essentials and food bank items during this difficult time.
All volunteers have been vetted and completed mandatory online training before they can assist vulnerable seniors.
OTHER VIRTUAL COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
• The Alzheimer Society of Toronto offers a wide range of free virtual programs for seniors with dementia and their caregivers, including meditation, gentle fitness, jazz concert, and more.
• The Toronto Public Library offers 38 ways to use the library from home and you can get a free digital library card. Work is underway by City staff to develop and share further virtual resources at this time.
IN CASE OF SCAMS, FRAUD OR ELDER ABUSE
It is important to be aware of a number of emerging scams related to COVID-19.
One identified scam involves calling seniors, offering to buy their groceries, and asking for credit card details. Calling 2-1-1 to request referral to a legitimate initiative can help avoid this.
To report fraud, call the Toronto Police Service non-emergency number at 416-808-2222, or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or crimestoppers.com.
In case of elder abuse, call the Seniors Safety Line – Elder Abuse Ontario 1-866-299-1011.
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