$69,900 OTF grant helps isolated seniors build inclusive, engaged community together


Mississauga – On Wednesday, the 54-year old charitable organization Social Planning Council of Peel held an event for local seniors and invited local MPP Deepak Anand and Dave Kentner, a volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to hear how a $69,900 Seed grant from 2018 has made a difference. The year-long grant was used to pilot a program that would reduce social isolation among seniors living in Peel Region.

“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to meet the needs of isolated seniors with healthy food programs and social connectedness was welcomed by many in our community,” said Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton. “There are many in the community who benefitted from this and it encouraged seniors to become more connected in their community.” 

Over the past year, participants were able to take part in workshops for “healthy food” that were designed exclusively for seniors.  The council organized 24 “healthy food” workshops for seniors in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Thanks to the grant of $69,900 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, over 900 seniors were able to attend these workshops, reduce their isolation, and learn about the healthy eating, as per the Canada Food Guide 2019.

The Social Planning Council of Peel is an independent, non-profit and charitable organization that promotes social justice by facilitating citizen participation in the identification of social issues and in the planning and implementation of collaborative actions to address those issues. Social Planning council is serving the community for over 54 years.

The Social Planning Council is committed to serve the seniors in Peel Region and If you wish to enquire about our future events, please visit the website at: www.spcpeel.com or call us at (905) 629-3044. 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.