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Food banks in Toronto by neighbourhood

Food banks in Toronto help nourish our communities and those in need of the most crucial resources. Whether you require access to these vital programs or wish to contribute your time, money, or goods, here's where to find these services close to home.

The Annex

Knox Presbyterian Church at 630 Spadina Avenue offers Out of the Cold Meal Programs that provide Tuesday suppers and a food bank for youth up to 25 years. Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Bloorcourt

The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre at 789 Dovercourt Road is a member of The Daily Bread Food Bank and offers drop-in programs and food access almost every day of the week. You can donate or contribute funds or time here. Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Cabbagetown

The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank serves vegetarians, vegans, and people trying to transition to a meatless diet but who have been unable to because they rely on conventional food banks to eat. Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Corktown

Good Shepherd Ministries offers food, shelter, clothing and more to anyone in need. You can help in a number of different ways, including monetary donations, gifts of time, goods and services, third party fundraising events, the donation of Shopper's Drug Mart PC-Optimum points, and by organizing food, clothing and toiletry drives. Open for lunch from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Danforth

Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre at 86 Blake Street is a member of the Daily Bread Food Bank that has been operating for over 40 years. Monetary donations can be made online, while members of the community are also encouraged to reach out to find out how to run a successful food drive in schools or workplaces. Open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Etobicoke

Haven on the Queensway operates a food bank that provides groceries, household products, personal hygiene items and even pet food to anyone in need in the community. Its website lists ways to give including types of goods sought, monetary contributions, and corporate sponsorships. Open by appointment and pick up only due to COVID-19.

The Junction

The Sharing Place at 624 Annette Street is a non-profit compassion organization that provides warm meals on a weekly basis as well as a food and clothing bank for all people regardless of faith, income, or culture. Donations of non-perishable food items or funds are always needed. Available through delivery only. 

The Junction is also home to a pay-what-you-can grocery store and coffee shop named Feed it Forward, which is always looking for volunteers. 

Little Italy

The Caribbean Canadian Catholic Centre at 867 College Street is a member of Daily Bread Food Bank and operates a soup kitchen on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon and also arranges for emergency food when necessary. Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Mississauga

The Mississauga Food Bank accepts donations of funds and food. For every $2 collected, the agency is able to distribute five meals to hungry children, families and seniors. In need of public donations to keep shelves stocked furing the coronavirus outbreak.

Parkdale

The Parkdale Community Food Bank ​​​​​​​relies on donations from the community and encourages individuals to organize or fund a food drive at your workplace, tenants association, church, union, or corporate group. Open for regular hours. 

Scarborough

The Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities provides a multitude of social support programs including a food bank, community kitchen and Meals-On-Wheels. Support SCHC by making financial contributions online. Operating on reduced hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

St. Clair West

The Stop Community Food Centre ​​​​​​​helps people meet emergency food needs with dignified services that make healthy food accessible. Among the programs offered are a food bank, community kitchens, markets and bake ovens, healthy Beginnings & Family Support, and urban agriculture. Donations and volunteers are welcome. Food bank will run Mondays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Serving takeaway meals on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Yonge and Dundas

The Ryerson University Students' Union supports the Good Food Centre ​​​​​​​at 55 Gould Street. Services include the Community Food Bank that operates on an honesty basis with an open door policy, as well as the Good Food Box, a non-profit fresh fruit and vegetable distribution service provided by FoodShare Toronto. Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Yonge and College

The Yonge Street Mission provides hot meals and nutritious snacks daily to youth at the Evergreen Centre and to all ages at the Christian Community Centre. The food bank welcomes adults and families and offers clothing through a voucher system at their Double Take store. Donations are always in need and can be made online. Food services are available from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

Also in this neighbourhood is Covenant House, which is devoted to helping homeless youth and offers the option to gift street kids with essentials like nutritious food for a day or food and shelter for a week. Closed for visitors during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Feed it Forward. Written by Liora Ipsum. 


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