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Savouring Life, Supporting Community

(Photos by: Sarah Abdul-Hakim Taupan)

Savouring Life, Supporting Community

A beloved gastronomic event in support of Fife House and vulnerable community members and families living with HIV/AIDS is set to return to Toronto on Wednesday, April 17…

By: Sarah Abdul-Hakim Taupan

In the heart of Toronto, a remarkable annual event is set to unfold, bringing together people and the flavours of the city for a great cause. A Taste for Life, a cherished tradition, is making its much-anticipated comeback on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The event is an invitation for folks to dine out and enjoy tasty dishes at participating restaurants across the city while also rallying together to support Fife House, the largest non-profit organization in Toronto dedicated to providing supportive and affordable housing and services for vulnerable individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

The lack of affordable housing in Toronto has become a hot-button issue in the city, but even as many of us grapple with rising rents and challenges to home ownership, it’s crucial to also recognize the additional pressing challenges faced by those living with HIV/AIDS in our community, who are also experiencing housing insecurity. Despite advancements in treatment, over 63,110 individuals in Canada continue to navigate the complexities of HIV/AIDS. Among them, women, and Indigenous and Black communities are disproportionately affected with higher rates of new infections and inequitable access to essential care and support services. 

Individuals experiencing homelessness or unstable housing are at increased risk of HIV transmission, while those already living with HIV often encounter barriers to adequate care while facing poorer health outcomes.

Against this backdrop, A Taste for Life emerges as a powerful demonstration of unity and support. Celebrating its 25th year in 2024, this initiative has raised over $1.5 million over the years for Fife House’s supportive housing programs and services. This remarkable accomplishment speaks volumes about the enduring generosity and compassion of Torontonians, matched only by their gastronomic finesse.

What sets this fundraising event apart is its accessibility; diners need not spend more than they typically would while dining out. Participating restaurants have already pledged to donate a percentage of their revenue from food and drink sales directly to Fife House. Therefore, by dining at participating restaurants, your meal becomes a contribution. However, where possible, diners are encouraged to amplify their impact by making their own individual donations to Fife House.

This year, A Taste for Life also offers participants the chance to win fabulous prizes through an exciting raffle, such as a pair of WestJet flight tickets to any advertised destination on their website!

We all have to eat, but on April 17th you have the opportunity to dine to make a difference providing hope, help, and support for vulnerable community members and building an equitable city and home for everyone in Toronto. 

Please visit www.fifehouse.org to learn more about how you can participate in A Taste for Life, enter the raffle or make a personal donation to Fife House.

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