Together in 2019-20 we...
meals to food banks across Ontario
people across Ontario put food on the table
visits to a food bank in Ontario
organizations fighting hunger in our communities
in innovative local programs and the network
postcards advocating for changes to social assistance
Delivering more impact to communities in need
A Message from Our Executive Director
"When I think of the past year, the word that comes to mind is “more."
Who we are
A united team against hunger
From securing fresh and healthy food sources, to driving change through policy research and innovative programming, Feed Ontario unites food banks, industry partners, and local communities in our work to end hunger and poverty.
Our FeedON network provides adults, children, and seniors with nutritious food throughout the year, including: dairy, protein, and produce. Through the support of our partners, we distribute the equivalent of 4.7 million meals annually.
We Feed Possibility by providing food banks with resources to grow their capacity to distribute fresh food, to collaborate and develop best practices that drive change, and to develop innovative programming for people facing hunger in their communities.
We Feed Change by researching the root-causes of food insecurity, raising awareness of hunger in our province, and advocating on behalf of evidence-based solutions. It is only through our collective action that we will end hunger and poverty in Ontario.
FeedON: Distributing More Healthy Food
With your crucial support, our FeedON network provides adults, seniors, and children across Ontario with nutritious food throughout the year.
More nutritious food
With the support of our generous food, financial, and transportation partners, in 2019-20 Feed Ontario distributed more than 5.6 million pounds of food, serving 522,000 Ontarians facing hunger. That equates to 4.7 million meals and is 400,000 more meals than in 2018-19!
This year we continued to strengthen our commitment to fresh, nutritious food, by sourcing quality items that support a balanced diet for people visiting food banks. More than 76% of the food we distributed was fresh or frozen, a growth of 8% over the previous year. This included meat, eggs, dairy, fruit, and vegetables!
Food distributed by category 2019-20
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servings of beef
Feed Possibility: Providing More Community Support
With your incredible support, we help food banks feed possibility by investing in innovative programming for people facing hunger in their communities.
Food Rescue and Transformation Programs
Farm to Food
In 2019-20 Feed Ontario launched a brand new food transformation program, Farm to Food, in partnership with our member food bank in Windsor, the Unemployed Help Centre. Farm to Food rescues excess vegetables from farms and turns them into nutritious meals for people facing hunger.
- 30 Farming and Food Producer Partnerships
- 241,300 lbs of food rescued and transformed
- 51 food banks received healthy soup*
- 139,150 lbs of healthy soup distributed across Ontario*
*Not including soup distributed locally in Windsor by the Unemployed Help Centre
One More Bite
In partnership with Metro Ontario, One More Bite provides food banks in Ontario with the opportunity to receive rescued fresh food from their local Metro-banner grocery stores to distribute to adults and children living with hunger in their communities. Following a successful pilot, in 2019-20 we began a phased roll out of the program in more than 30 communities across the province. Over the next year we will continue to expand the number of food banks and stores participating in this ground-breaking food rescue program.
- 34 food banks rescued food
- 157 Metro and Food Basics stores donated to food banks
- 1,099,585 pounds of food rescue
Rural Kids Program
The Rural Kids Program provides rural food banks in Ontario with funding to support the children they serve with community-specific programs, such as breakfast clubs, snack packs, or kids cooking classes.
- 23 food banks participated
- 227,000 meals and snacks served
- 15,096 kids in rural communities served
Capacity Building Program
The Capacity Building Program provides food banks in Ontario with funding to grow their capacity to accept, store, and distribute fresh food to adults and children living with hunger.
- 6 food banks participated
- 11 pieces of equipment purchased
- 14,410 clients benefited
Feed Ontario Together – Inaugural Symposium
In June 2019, Feed Ontario held its first provincial Symposium – an innovative one day event drawing on the power of working together to unite food banks and industry partners in the development of long-term solutions to hunger. The event engaged food banks from across Ontario in creative sessions to solve complex problems, including:
- Open Space Technology to address issues of network capacity and the future of food banking in our province
- Table Topics enabling food bank leaders to share with their counterparts from across Ontario about similar challenges and solutions
- Workshops on engaging clients in the election process, partnering with grocery stores to rescue food, and operational support
Thank you to our sponsors!
“[Membership with Feed Ontario] allows us to have access to resources that many others don’t… We want to thank Feed Ontario for all they do to support us right here in Burlington, and all of our clients, because that’s who they truly care about… those who need help.”
ROBIN BAILEY, BURLINGTON FOOD BANK
Feed Change: Developing More Hunger Solutions
In the summer of 2019, in partnership with the Fleming College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, Feed Ontario released an interactive hunger map that allows users to compare food bank use by provincial electoral riding across the province. The map examines data between January 1st – December 31st 2018, including visit frequency, mean and median income, and housing. Findings from this study included:
- Hunger and food bank use exists in every provincial riding in Ontario
- Someone visits a food bank in Ontario every 10 seconds
- The ridings with the highest food bank use per capita were Ottawa-Vanier, Hamilton-Centre, and Thunder Bay-Atikokan
HUNGER ACTION MONTH
Taking place every September, Hunger Action Month is an Ontario initiative, now run nationally in partnership with Food Banks Canada, which encourages people to work towards a future without hunger through four key actions: educate, advocate, volunteer, and donate. In 2019, we:
- Educate: Created customizable tools for food banks to share statistics on hunger and poverty in their communities, and promoted Food Banks Canada’s Impossible Choices
- Advocate: Sent 15,000 postcards to MPPs opposing proposed changes to social assistance and demonstrating the impact that would have on food bank clients
- Volunteer: Highlighted the stories of some of the incredible volunteers that make food banks possible
- Donate: Raised $120,000 to help end hunger in Ontario
Feed Ontario’s annual 2019 Hunger Report found that, despite the province’s low unemployment rate, Ontario’s food banks continue to see increasingly high levels of use, and that there is an emerging trend in the number of individuals with employment income that require the support of a food bank to make ends meet. Key highlights of the report include:
- 27% increase over the last three years in the proportion of adults with employment income accessing Ontario’s food banks
- 88% increase in the proportion of food bank clients with a recent job loss
- Only 28% of unemployed Ontarians are receiving support from Employment Insurance
COST OF POVERTY
In October 2019, Feed Ontario released a new report, The Cost of Poverty in Ontario, which examined the relationship between poverty, poor health, the justice system, and lost productivity and made the economic case that investing in people by reducing poverty is not only socially responsible, but financially sound. The report found:
Poverty related expenses is costing Ontario an estimated at $27.1 – $33 billion per year
The poverty rate for unattached adults and families without children increased by 24% between 2012-2015
The introduction of the Ontario Child Benefit resulted in a 24% reduction in child poverty and a 37% reduction in the number of children living in deep poverty between 2012-2015, making a strong case for investments in innovative solutions, like a basic income program, to address poverty in Ontario
Feeding the Future: Responding to COVID-19
In the final weeks of our 2019-20 year, the Province of Ontario declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Feed Ontario took action through our new COVID-19 Emergency Food Box Program, developed in partnership with local food banks and Food Banks Canada, and made possible by generous contributions from the Government of Ontario, and many caring individuals and organizations.
The program created pre-packed emergency food boxes with a week’s worth of food in one centralized location for food banks across the province. This provided a single solution to help ensure that food banks remained well stocked while supporting labour shortages and physical distancing measures. The program goal was to create and distribute 450,000 emergency food boxes in 2020.
Operation Community Regeneration
Over the next year we will focus on Operation Community Regeneration to help ensure Ontario’s food banks have the resources they need to continue to help our province recover from this pandemic and thrive. With the support of partners like you, together we will:
Working together, each dollar goes further
Thank you to all of the incredible people and organizations who give their time, products, services, and financial support to Feed Ontario. You make feeding Ontario possible!
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Sources of Revenue
This financial summary is taken from our 2019-20 Audited Financial Statements. You can view the full statements here.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Maidment – Chair
CEO - The Ottawa Food Bank
Wesley Isaacs – Vice Chair
Partner, Tax & Business Law Group – Torkin Manes LLP
Jyoti Saggar – Treasurer
CPA, CA – Sr. Finance & Accounting Consultant
Ryan Noble - Secretary
Executive Director – North York Harvest
President & CEO, Unemployed Help Centre/WEFBA
VP, Project Management Office – CIBC
Senior Marketing Manager, Royal Bank of Canada
Origination Supervisor Sollio Agriculture
Food Bank Manager/Board Co-Chair – Brockville & Area Food Bank
Founder & CEO – TribalScale
CEO – Daily Bread Food Bank
Vice President Merchandising – Loblaw Companies Limited
President, Freight Managers Inc. and Magnum Packaging Industries