Toronto Community Housing and Meridian Credit Union to distribute over 1,100 backpacks and school supplies to families

Hundreds of children and youth across Toronto Community Housing’s (TCHC) East Region will receive back-to-school supplies thanks to a new partnership with Meridian Credit Union. Meridian and TCHC will distribute more than 1,100 backpacks and thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies to families beginning this week. 

The back-to-school supplies make an important difference for TCHC families as students head back to the classroom next month.  

The distribution of back-to-school supplies helps to break down barriers and creates easier pathways to education. Whether its pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers or notebooks, every item Meridian provides helps to make education a little more accessible for TCHC children and youth. 

On August 21, TCHC staff from across various departments gathered at Gordonridge Community Centre to stuff backpacks with materials in preparation for distribution. The supplies will be given out at events and individually by frontline staff in over a dozen communities. 


"We’re grateful to Meridian Credit Union for their generous support in delivering back-to-school supplies for TCHC families. These 1,100 backpacks help to reduce the stress of going back to school for families and break down financial barriers for children and youth, allowing them to focus on academic achievement.” 

- Tom Hunter, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing 

“Our commitment to helping Canadians through our Meridian for Good strategy goes beyond banking, encompassing the creation of thriving communities where everyone can achieve their best lives. With the school year right around the corner, parents are feeling the pinch. By supporting Toronto Community Housing to supply children with the tools and resources they need, we are helping to address barriers to education in the GTA.” 

- Sunny Sodhi, Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Meridian Credit Union

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