Lead support from Moez and Marissa Kassam Foundation helps launch TPL’s new Feeding Young Minds initiative
Moez and Marissa Kassam are deeply committed to realizing an equitable world where everyone has access to opportunities and no one is left behind. With a particular focus on children and immigrant and diverse communities, Moez and Marissa are especially concerned about the lack of food security among families in Toronto, and the impact on children’s ability to thrive. We’re excited to partner with them.
What is the Feeding Young Minds Initiative?
In response to the growing food security issues in Toronto, TPL is now providing regular healthy food options at three select branches during child-focused programs, giving kids the fuel they need to succeed. For children, food insecurity is associated with delays in emotional, cognitive and motor development, higher levels of hyperactivity, inattention and poor memory, and higher rates of chronic illness.
We are grateful to Lead Donor, the Moez and Marissa Kassam Foundation, for their visionary support in establishing the Feeding Young Minds Initiative. We are also grateful to Supporting Donors, Phil Cowperthwaite and Susan Hunter, Adrian and Ange Rocca, and Linda Dagg and Kenneth Wiener for their commitment to this program.
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TPL is impacting our city and changing lives in many meaningful ways. Thank you to everyone who donates – your generosity is making a difference to people like Tom, Manal and the Ahmed Family. Read their stories.
Shawn Kimel and Kate Schatzky make a $1.25 million unrestricted donation to TPL
In December 2021, the Toronto Public Library Foundation received a donation from Shawn Kimel and Kate Schatzky for $1.25 million. What was so unique about this generous gift was that it was made with no conditions. Shawn and Kate’s extraordinary unrestricted donation empowered Toronto Public Library to invest the funds into areas where they were most needed.
“It’s hard to ignore how many people are struggling in our city, particularly those who were severely impacted by the pandemic. The City of Toronto is facing real challenges and Toronto Public Library plays an important role in getting to the root cause of many social issues by offering the support individuals and families need. We are proud to play a small part in the work TPL does to make Toronto a more inclusive and resilient city.”
– Shawn Kimel and Kate Schatzky