Fred Victor Receives Funding for Women’s Bakery Program


TORONTO — Fred Victor has received $50,000 in funding from Penny Appeal Canada to support its Women’s Bakery training program, which prepares women for jobs in the food industry.

Fred Victor is a Toronto-based charitable organization that works to foster long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people. Its Women’s Bakery offers a safe space for women to grow holistically — encouraging ambition and building confidence — as well as a professional environment where participants can gain ‘real-world’ experience. The multi-faceted program also incorporates sector-specific training partnerships and placement opportunities with established businesses to equip the students for success.

Women who enroll in the Women’s Bakery are often facing multiple barriers to employment, including a lack of work experience, English as a second language, no affordable childcare options, housing instability and mental-health and other health challenges.

Funding support from Penny Appeal Canada will help Women’s Bakery participants to continue tackling these barriers through hands-on training, support and supervision. Penny Appeal Canada is a relief and development organization working in more than 30 countries worldwide.

“The Women’s Bakery is truly inspirational because of the transformation we’ve seen in so many participants. It’s a model that works and, with the support of funders like Penny Appeal Canada, we can continue to help women overcome barriers and, ultimately, build a brighter future for themselves,” says Keith Hambly, CEO, Fred Victor.

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