Help Ontario’s Food Banks Respond to COVID-19

As the province orders 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. Food banks are starting to run out of food and resources.

We have a plan. We’re working together with Food Banks Canada, local food banks, and our partners to create pre-packed emergency food boxes for food banks across the province. By combining our efforts, we can help Ontario’s food banks continue to support their communities while also minimizing exposure to COVID-19. 

We’re calling on everyone to join us in our COVID-19 Emergency Response and help put our Emergency Food Boxes 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’s Emergency Food Boxes.

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 adelaide@feedontario.ca 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
adelaide@feedontario.ca | 416-656-4100 x2934


Donate Funds

We’re calling on everyone to join us in our response to COVID-19 by putting Emergency Food Boxes into the hands of those that need them most during this crisis. 

For just $30, we can provide an Emergency Food Box that will supply enough food to help someone in need stay home and stay safe during this crisis for a full week. We expect to serve at least 225,000 Ontarians over each month this crisis continues.

Donate funds or start a fundraiser now.

For Organizations

For Individuals

For more information:
Rachel Dixon
Manager, Corporate & Foundation Partnerships
rachel@feedontario.ca | 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.


Statements

Statement, March 16, 2020

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