A year of resilience and united strength
A message from our Executive Director
"The story of Ontario's food banks and partners in 2020-21 is a story of resiliency and united strength. We have faced a number of hurdles in the last year, but together, we stand stronger, firm in our conviction that we can end hunger and poverty in Ontario"
Who we are
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.
2020-21 in numbers
pounds of food delivered to food banks across Ontario
adults, seniors, and children accessed a food bank in Ontario
visits to a food bank in Ontario
COVID-19 Emergency Food Boxes distributed
hunger-relief organizations working together
invested in innovative local programs and the food bank network
FeedON: Growing food distribution amidst a pandemic
With your increased support, our FeedON network has provided adults, seniors, and children across Ontario with tens of millions of nutritious meals this year.
29 million pounds of nutritious food (that’s as heavy as the Brooklyn Bridge!)
With the increased support of our generous food and financial donors and transportation partners, in 2020-21 Feed Ontario distributed more than 9 million pounds of food through our regular food programming, and an additional 20 million pounds through new COVID-19 response programs. Altogether, we distributed over 29 million pounds of food in 2020-21. That equates to over 24 million meals – an increase of nearly 4 million meals in our regular food programs and 20 million more meals than in 2019-20 across all programs.
This year we continued our commitment to fresh, nutritious food by sourcing quality items that support a balanced diet for people accessing food banks. More than half of the food we distributed through our regular programs was fresh or frozen. This included meat, eggs, dairy, fruit, and vegetables!
Fresh food distributed
Food Distributed by Category
Putting food distribution growth in perspective
Feed Ontario's COVID-19 emergency food programs
Fresh food programs that support local farmers
servings of poultry
Litres of milk
servings of beef
servings of pork
servings of eggs
servings of turkey
Allocating food to communities in a SNAP
To facilitate the distribution of food donations quickly and equitably across the province, Feed Ontario uses a custom-built, cloud-based system, Smarter Needs Allocation Program (SNAP). Since SNAP’s launch in 2011, our network's demand has grown and technology has updated, but the system has not and has struggled to keep up.
In 2020-21, Feed Ontario was able to invest in much needed improvements to the SNAP system, significantly increasing the system’s functionality and efficiency. These updates increase response time during the food allocation process so that we can move product faster and ensure food gets to where it’s needed most before spoilage. It also makes it easier for food banks to manage food offers from Feed Ontario so they can spend more time serving clients.
Feed Possibility: Standing behind communities
Your generous support helps feed possibility by investing in food bank training and knowledge sharing and innovative programming for people facing hunger in our communities.
Food transformation programs
Farm to Food
A unique food transformation program, Farm to Food rescues excess vegetables from farms and turns them into nutritious meals for people facing hunger. Run in Windsor, ON, in partnership with our local food bank, UHC- Hub of Opportunities, and Food Banks Canada, the program serves hunger-relief agencies throughout Ontario. In 2020-21 we continued to work with farms and food producers on this ground-breaking program.
- 30 Farming and Food Producer Partnerships
- 265,202lbs of food rescued and transformed
- 34 food banks received healthy soup
- 1,156,199 healthy meals distributed across Ontario
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. In 2020-21, even more stores and food banks joined the program:
- 28 food banks rescued food
- 125 stores donated to food banks
- 2,254,167 lbs. of food rescued
The Feeding Possibility! Grant was created to respond to the needs of food banks to help improve the overall capacity and resiliency of the Feed Ontario network. Projects are tied to Feed Ontario’s Standards of Care Framework, with the aim of helping food banks provide best-in-class service to their communities.
- 28 food banks applied
- 23 projects were funded
- $572,470 invested in food bank capacity and resiliency
- Creation and implementation of a home delivery program for community members who are unable to access the regular food bank services
- Building of an online portal with a set of custom education modules to make training available and more accessible to volunteers and hunger-relief agencies
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. The 2020-21 Rural Kids Program helped ensure that children facing hunger still had access to nutritious food, despite increased barriers to receiving food support due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 7 food banks participated
- 79,141 meals and snacks provided
- 4,253 kids in rural communities served
To support the growth in demand for emergency food support, in 2020-21 Feed Ontario introduced a one-time grant to help food banks with significant warehousing and distribution invest in developing their inventory management. This investment will help ensure that food can be more efficiently accounted for and distributed to agencies and families facing hunger for years to come.
- 4 food banks applied
- 3 projects funded
- $194,000 invested to improve efficiency
Virtual conference: building resiliency
Feed Ontario quickly re-tooled the planned June 2020 in-person conference, and launched our first-ever virtual conference, "Building Resiliency," in August 2020. Sessions were designed to help grow food banks' resiliency to unforeseen challenges and spark ideas on how to build a better world.
Themes of the conference included:
Adapting operations: an opportunity to reflect on the rapid operational changes food banks implemented during the spring, share best practices with peers, and brainstorm how to adapt to emerging challenges.
Mental health & wellness: Sessions focused on managing burnout, and sharing challenges and advice to address staff, volunteer, and client mental health during the pandemic.
Sparking change: Food banks have a responsibility to both advocate for a world that doesn't need food banks, as well as ensuring they are not contributing to injustice within their own spheres of influence. Sessions focused on making your food bank voices heard and how racial injustice intersects with poverty and food insecurity.
Growing resources and support for food banks in a pandemic
Throughout the last year, the food bank sector has had to rapidly adapt in response to changing restrictions and health guidelines, as well as changes in local food and funding sources. In response, Feed Ontario launched two online training series for member food banks, conducted regular wellness checks with each food bank, helped food banks connect with their local municipal services manager to access government support, and developed hundreds of COVID-19 response resources, including toolkits, guidelines, and best practices on topics from distanced service delivery options, to COVID-19 response plans, and more.
Feed Change: Working together on evidence-based solutions
With your increased supports, we feed change through research and public education, and advocating on behalf of evidence-based solutions to hunger and poverty.
Feed Ontario’s annual 2020 Hunger Report found that, while COVID-19 has undeniably impacted our province, food bank use in Ontario was already on the rise even prior to the pandemic. This upward trend was exacerbated by the economic impacts of the pandemic in many communities. Between March and June 2020, food banks saw a surge in usage as hundreds of thousands of people were without the means to acquire sufficient income for basic needs like rent, hydro, transportation, and food.
Findings of the report include:
- 26% increase in the number of people and families who accessed a food bank for the first time during the first three months of the pandemic
- 44% increase in the proportion of employed adults accessing a food bank over 4 years
- 7.3% year over year increase in the number of visits to a food bank in 2019, prior to the pandemic starting
Hunger Action Month
In partnership with Food Banks Canada and local food banks, Hunger Action Month is a Feed Ontario initiative that takes place every September and encourages people to take action against hunger in their communities. Embracing the challenges of the pandemic, communities mobilized in new ways leading to one of the most successful campaigns to date.
Hunger Action Month encourages participants to take action in four key ways:
Educate: Shared Feed Ontario’s Hunger Map to explore statistics on hunger and poverty in communities by electoral riding.
Advocate: Held virtual constituent meetings with Member’s of Provincial Parliament and ran a public campaign sending emails to MPP’s to advocate for rent relief.
Volunteer: Highlighted ways to volunteer and get involved with local food banks during the pandemic
Donate: Raised $140,000 to help end hunger in Ontario
Working with government on solutions to end hunger
Throughout the pandemic, Feed Ontario continued to engage with the provincial government and local communities to ensure our province’s most vulnerable had the support they needed during these challenging times. In 2020-21 we:
- Met with leaders from all provincial parties to talk about COVID-19 responses
- Held a virtual town hall with the Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services
- Ran three MPP email campaigns calling for rent relief and an eviction moratorium during the Stay-at-Home order
- Presented to the Ontario Minister of Finance as part of budget consultations
- Submitted recommendations for the provincial budget and poverty reduction strategy
Feeding the future: Hunger doesn't end with a pandemic
By working together, our vision to end hunger and poverty in Ontario is possible
Operation community regeneration
Over the next year, we will continue to focus on ensuring Ontario’s food banks have the resources they need to help our province recover from the pandemic and thrive. Join us for Operation Community Regeneration! With the support of partners like you, together we will continue to:
In partnership with the food industry, we will replenish food bank supplies by growing Feed Ontario’s existing fresh food donation programs; and investing in our new Full Shelves Program to provide food banks with more food staples and PPE. These programs leverage our extensive distribution network to ensure food bank shelves in every corner of the province remain full.
Feed Possibility: Renew
Building on food banks’ agility, we will continue to invest in resources to help renew communities and food banks, including developing best practices in partnership with Public Health, emergency response plans, training courses, tools for physically distant food delivery, resources to transition to virtual operations where possible, mental health supports, and guidelines as we reopen.
Feed Change: Strengthen resilience
By working in partnership with government and communities, we will strengthen our collective resilience through data-driven, evidence-based solutions and policies that provide lasting support to our province’s most vulnerable and ensure that communities are prepared for the future.
A commitment to Northern Ontario
In the coming year, we will begin a five-year Northern food strategy to increase equitability in access to nutritious food in Northern Ontario and help address the unique challenges faced in remote, fly-in, and Indigenous communities. Through the strategy, Feed Ontario will work in partnership with food banks, other non-profit groups, and Indigenous leaders and communities to improve our infrastructure and distribution capacity in Northern Ontario, reduce barriers to our services, and increase nutritious food support.
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!
Our partners in fighting hunger
Food & Consumer Product Partners
Thank you to our Food and Consumer Partners for helping us Feed Ontario!
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Transportation & Logistics Partners
Thank you to our transportation partners for helping us Feed Ontario!
Arnone Transport Ltd.
G. Zavitz Ltd.
McKevitt Transport Ltd.
The Mackie Group
Thank you to our financial partners for helping us Feed Ontario!
900 Bowling Proshop
A Plus Creative
ADR Chambers Inc.
Air Canada Recreation Association
All Saints Anglican Church GTA
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Arterra Wines Canada
Ashley Lawrence-Leger Medicine Professional Corporation
Association of Professional Student Services Personnel APSSP
Axiom Real-Time Metrics
AyA Kitchens and Baths
Balou Investments Inc.
Beaches Media Services
Bella & Coop
BGC ENGINEERING INC.
Boehringer Ingelheim Canada
Brian South West Ontario Veterinary Services
Cachet Estate Homes
Camso Distribution Canada Inc
Canadian Star Marketing
Charles Taylor Adjusting
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Commercial Leasing Practice, WeirFoulds LLP
Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation
Daughters of the American Revolution
Dr. Andrew W. Morgan Medicine Professional Corp
Dr. Yin Hui Medicine Professional Corporation
DWS Data Wiring Solutions Inc
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Enterprise Fleet Management Canada Inc.
Fari Hara Inc
Farm Credit Canada (headoffice)
Fiera Properties ITF / C/O Colliers International
Flat Rock Cellars Ltd.
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Greenridge Financial Group
HTS Engineering Ltd.
Hydro Extrusion Canada
Hyunjin Choi Consulting Ltd.
Industrial Contractors Association Of Canada
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
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Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc
Lake of Bays Brewing
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa
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Learning Curves Foundation and our Instructor
Link Charity Canada
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Make Space Inc.
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Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security
Mechanical Contractors Association Of Toronto
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Municipal Property Assessment Corporation SPM Department
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
National Money Mart
Newman's Own Foundation
Ontario Association of Poultry Veterinarians
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Ontario Provincial Police Association
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
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Ontario Teachers' Federation
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Ontario Volleyball Association
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OTIP Community Fund
Parrish and Heimbecker
Philip Fox Fund
Philip Smith Foundation
Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited
Podium Development Corp.
Public Service Alliance of Canada - Ontario Region
Purple Park Inc.
R & M Lang Foundation
Radiance Mortgage Brokerage Inc.
Ralph & Maureen Phillips Family Foundation
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Reinhart Foods Limited
Remembering Otto and Marie Pick Charitable Foundation
Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton Charitable Foundation
Ryan Knight Professional Corporation
Sager Food Products
Sedgwick Canada Inc.
Sir William Gage Middle School
Slocombeco Holdings Inc.
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Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
Spirit of York
Stantic Consulting Ltd.
Sun Life Windsor Ontario
Supply Chain Management Association ON
TD Private Giving Fund
The Azrieli Foundation
The Bill and Jean Somerville Foundation
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The Crump Group Inc.
The Elpis Foundation
The Green Fischer Family Trust
The Harweg Foundation
The John & Ellie Voortman Charitable Foundation
The Masonic Foundation of Ontario
The Noble Hearts Foundation
The Norman and Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Thornbury Craft Cider
Toronto Sanskriti Sangstha
Tonica Beverages Ltd.
Topper's Franchising Company Inc.
Toronto Sanskriti Sangstha
Toronto Steel Buyers & Associates
Toyota Industries Commercial Finance Canada, Inc.
Travel Industry Council of Ontario
Trillium Mutual Insurance Company
Radiance Mortgage Brokerage Inc.
Turkish Society of Canada
Union of Safety and Justice Employees
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Village Media Inc.
Viper Info- Tech Solutions, Inc. Link opens a new window
VTX Consulting Services Inc.
Waterloo-Wellington Sheet Metal Contractors Association
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Whole Foods Market Services Inc.
Network of hunger fighters
Our small but mighty team is committed to supporting Ontario’s food banks and advocating for solutions to hunger and poverty.
Chief Executive Officer
416-656-4100 ext. 2935
Senior Director, Network Services
416-656-4100 ext. 2932
Director, Development & Partnerships
416-656-4100 ext. 2943
416-656-4100 ext. 2939
Senior Manager, Operations & Implementation
416-656-4100 ext. 2934
Senior Manager, Communications
416-656-4100 ext. 2941
Manager, Research & Government Relations
416-656-4100 ext. 2938
Manager, Member Relations
416-656-4100 ext. 2931
Manager, Corporate & Foundation Partnerships
416-656-4100 ext. 2937
Manager, Fund Development & Individual Giving
416-656-4100 ext. 2944
Operations & Programs Coordinator
416-656-4100 ext. 2940
Senior Digital Marketing & Design Specialist
416-656-4100 ext. 2933
Operations & Implementation Coordinator
416-656-4100 ext. 2936
416-656-4100 ext. 2942
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of food bank leaders and industry professionals who shape Feed Ontario’s strategic direction.
The Mississauga Food Bank
Burlington Food Bank
Senior Director, RESL Products and Organization
North York Harvest
Manager, School Programs
Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Christine Clark Lafleur
Maureen A. Ford
Manager and strategic planning professional
Chief Executive Officer
Daily Bread Food Bank
Senior Policy Analyst and Team Lead
Canada Border Service Agency
Director of Product Marketing
Freight Managers Inc.