Help Ontario’s Food Banks Respond to COVID-19

During the shut down of all non-essential businesses and services, food banks remain on the frontlines to ensure people in need have access to food during this time of extreme uncertainty. But COVID-19 is a perfect storm of bad conditions for food banks: there is a surge in demand for support, while fewer volunteers are available to help, and food is harder to acquire.

We launched a new program to send Emergency Food Boxes to food banks across Ontario. Each box has enough food for someone in need to stay home for a full week.

These boxes are helping Ontario’s food banks continue to support their communities, while also minimizing exposure to COVID-19. By combining our efforts, we’re reducing the demand on food bank volunteers, increasing physical distancing measures, and addressing food shortages locally.

We’re calling on everyone to join us in our COVID-19 Response and help get food into the hands of those that need them most during this crisis.

Learn more about how you can help:

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Donate Food

We know there are many organizations and individuals who want to help their neighbours at this time. One practical way you can support your community during these tough times is by donating food or personal supplies to food banks or to Feed Ontario.

Most-Needed Items

  • Cereal & oatmeal
  • Canned vegetables & fruit
  • Canned fish & meat
  • Peanut butter & jam
  • Soups & stews
  • Pasta & pasta sauce
  • Easy-to-prepare meals (eg. Sidekicks, Kraft Dinner)
  • Children’s snacks (granola bars, applesauce)
  • Rice
  • Crackers

For farmers, food producers, wholesalers, and venues

  • For smaller donations (less than 5 pallets of food or supplies): Contact your local Feed Ontario member food bank to arrange a donation.
  • For large-scale donations (more than 5 pallets of food or supplies): Contact Adelaide Wimpenny at or 416-656-4100 x2934

For retailers, restaurants, and caterers

Contact your local Feed Ontario member food bank to find out how you can support their operations.

For individuals

Contact your local Feed Ontario member food bank to find out what items are needed and how you can best support them during this time.

For more information:
Adelaide Wimpenny
Coordinator, Member Relations and Programs | 416-656-4100 x2934

Donate Funds

We’re calling on everyone to join us in our response to COVID-19 and help get food safely into the hands of those who need it most.

Every $1 donated can provide 3 meals to someone facing hunger.

Donate funds or start a fundraiser now.

For Organizations

For Individuals

For more information:
Rachel Dixon
Manager, Corporate & Foundation Partnerships | 416-656-4100 x2937

Need Help?

Find a Food Bank

To find a Feed Ontario member food bank near you, visit our Find a Food Bank tool. Note: Many of our food banks have adjusted their practices in observance of social distancing best practices, in accordance with the advice of their local public health units, so hours may have changed from what is listed.

Financial Supports

In recognition of the financial burden that social distancing has placed upon individuals and businesses, the Canadian and Ontario governments are offering a number of supports to assist those facing challenges. We have compiled a list of the measures of most relevance to food bank clients and will be updating this document as more information becomes available.


Statement, March 16, 2020

Food Bank Requests to the Ontario Government, March 18, 2020