In the fall of 2018, six regional food banks came together to draw attention to the rising number of clients accessing food support services across the GTA.
Serving a combined total of over 200,000 clients annually, the GTA food banks share a vision of ensuring no one in our cities go hungry.
The Mississauga Food Bank is the central food bank in Mississauga – Canada’s 6th largest city! Our vision is a Mississauga where no one goes hungry. We provide food for 2.6 million meals each year through a network of 44 member agencies across the city including neighbourhood food banks, breakfast clubs, soup kitchens, shelters, and after-school programs. Every month we provide food for over 242,000 meals serving about 17,500 children, families and seniors across Mississauga. Every $1 allows us to distribute food for 2 meals to our hungry neighbours. Visit www.themississaugafoodbank.org for more information.
Daily Bread Food Bank’s goal is to provide healthy and nutritious food now, while working for food security and poverty reduction for the long term. We distribute about 9 million pounds of food a year to 135 member agencies operating over 170 food programs in Scarborough, Etobicoke, central and downtown Toronto. Of the estimated 90,000 people we help in a year, one-third are children. Thanks to food donations and volunteer help, every $1 you donate allows us to provide a meal to someone in need. Visit www.dailybread.ca for more information.
North York Harvest Food Bank works to engage our community in meeting the food needs of northern Toronto by providing dignified food assistance, education and long-term solutions to create a community where no one goes hungry. In 2017 NYH raised over 2.3 million pounds of food and over 1.6 million dollars, providing 4.8 million meals and serving over 16,000 people each month through 47 member agencies. Together we run 77 food programs including community food spaces, neighbourhood food banks, meal programs, women and youth shelters, after-school programs, prenatal programs, community kitchens, community gardens, and nutritional classes. Visit www.northyorkharvest.com for more information.
Feed the Need in Durham promotes people’s social and economic well-being by supporting food security across the region of Durham. We achieve this through large scale collection, storage and distribution of both fresh and non-perishable food items to our 62 member agencies; all which represent emergency food providers across our community including food banks, food pantries, meal programs, soup kitchens and shelters. By leveraging our network, last year we distributed 1.2 million pounds of food or the equivalent of 980,000 meals. Visit www.ftnd.ca for more information.
The Food Bank of York Region delivers fresh, frozen and non-perishable food to 64 Agencies and non-profit housing co-operatives across York region. Our clients include community food pantries, community meals, women’s shelters, homelessness shelters, women’s programs, youth and transitional housing, outreach services, substance abuse programs, senior’s programs and the OSPCA. In 2017, we collected and delivered almost 900,000 pounds of food that helped feed over 14,000 individuals with 31% being children. Our mission is that not one person in York Region miss a meal due to poverty or a disability. Visit www.fbyr.ca for more information.
Knights Table is a charitable organization offering social supports, food bank, and hot meals 365 days of the year to vulnerable individuals and families impacted by hunger, poverty & homelessness in Peel. Founded in 1990, Knights Table has evolved into a vital community resource with a mission to help alleviate hunger in the Peel region to people regardless of colour, culture, religion, economic status, gender, sexual orientation or social condition. Poverty is a serious problem in Peel touching 1 in 5 children. Forty percent of our service users are children under the age of ten. In the past year, 15,086 individuals and families came through our doors for help. Knights Table is indebted to the generous support from our donors and volunteers. Our committed volunteer base of 2,307 donated 41,507 hours and assisted in preparing and serving 79,921 hot nutritious meals and distributed 720,170 lbs of donated
food to support individuals and families living in poverty in Peel. Please visit us at www.knightstable.org.