CBC Toronto's Community Champions
Siblings Vishal Khanna and Subhra Mukherjee created the Sai Dham Food Bank, who deliver more than a month supply of food to doors of families across the GTA. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)
CBC Toronto and all its local shows came together to ask listeners and viewers across the GTA to nominate the individuals and groups that are making their communities better. Close to 150 entries were received that highlighted some of the amazing work that continues to drive communities forward.
A panel of judges representing our broadcast shows, CBC Toronto News at Six, Our Toronto,Metro Morning and Here & Now had the challenging task of narrowing it down to only ten finalists.
CBC Toronto invited the public to vote to help decide which five individuals or groups would be CBC Toronto's Community Champions.
Inspired by a Region of Peel report revealing the statistics of people living in poverty, particularly seniors and those with disabilities, brother and sister team Vishal Khanna and Subhra Mukherjee created the Sai Dham Food Bank.
The fully volunteer run initiative of Sai Dham Canada, a not for profit, provides both regular food delivery and 24/7 one-time emergency food assistance to the most vulnerable groups who cannot easily access food banks, primarily seniors and those with disabilities. Sai Dham Food Bank also provides aid to communities facing adverse situations such as the victims of the Brant County fire, or bringing food to support local community events.