No one needs a food bank,

until they do.

Sometimes the unexpected happens

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From a sudden job loss to rising costs, a natural disaster to a personal tragedy, one change in circumstances can make the difference between a full fridge and an empty table.

Nearly 600,000 people visited a food bank in Ontario last year. 1 in 3 was a child.

Feed Ontario and our network of 1,200 food banks help ensure everyone in our province has access to nutritious food and wrap around support.

But our ultimate goal is to ensure that one day, no one needs a food bank. Period.

Hunger has many faces



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The number of food bank visitors with employment grew by 47%  since 2018.



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1 in 3 food bank visitors in Ontario is a child under the age of 18. Children and youth are nearly twice as likely as the general population to access a food bank in our province.



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Seniors are nearly twice as likely to need the assistance of a food bank on a long-term basis compared to adults under 65 years of age.


People with a disability

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Disability related benefits are the primary source of income for 1 in 3 people who use a food bank in Ontario.

Learn 3 ways you can help Feed Ontario

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Every $1 you give can help provide the equivalent of 2 meals!


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Support your nearest food bank by giving food, funds, or your time.

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Join our MPP email campaign calling for a true solution to hunger and poverty.

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More people than ever are turning to Ontario’s food banks to help put food on the table – and we need your help to keep up. Food banks are not government funded and rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help ensure families have access to the food they need. Learn how Feed Ontario can stretch your donation. Every $1 you give provides 2 meals to someone facing hunger.

Your donation will help:

  • Facilitate equitable food distribution to every corner of the province
  • Provide locally raised and produced eggs, meat, and dairy through Feed Ontario’s Fresh Food Programs
  • Invest in capacity building, innovative programming, and resources to help food banks better serve their local communities
  • Enable the development of true solutions to hunger and poverty
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From Kenora to Toronto, Windsor to Ottawa, and large and small towns in between, Feed Ontario’s network of 138 direct member food banks and another 1,100 affiliate hunger relief agencies ensures that people facing hunger in every corner of the province have access to good food. Contact your closest Feed Ontario member food bank to learn more about how you can help your community.

Ways to help your local food bank:

  • Donate money
  • Donate food (check the food bank’s website or call to find out their most needed items)
  • Volunteer your time – food banks have a range of skilled and non-skilled volunteer opportunities
  • Start a fundraiser to support your local food bank

"The main thing [my local food bank] does is take away a lot of the stress in day-to-day living. It really helps to make sure that people aren’t as stressed out. I’ve seen people come in who were almost in tears, and they walk out, smiling, thankful with bags full of food. It really makes a difference to everybody’s life."

Visitor, The Mississauga Food Bank

What is a modern food bank?

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Over the last 40 years, food banks have evolved from traditional food cupboards into multi-service agencies for community building and change.