Resources and Important Links

Food Banks

The Daily Bread Food Bank

The Daily Bread Food Bank acts as a central hub for local member agencies running food relief programs. It is the largest provider of emergency food relief in the GTA. Those who access Daily Bread Food Bank agencies often access food hampers and prepared meal programs from local neighborhood food banks. In addition to providing food relilef, Daily Bread also connects service users to community resources to alleviate the barriers of poverty.

To locate a food bank within Toronto, contact the Daily Bread Food Bank at: 416 - 203 - 0500 

Ontario Association Of Food Banks

The Ontario Association of Food Banks acts as a provincial representative for food banks across Ontario. The organization's mission is to nuture communities by providing food, resources, and support to reduce hunger. As a network of food banks that support hunger relief programs and agencies across Ontario, the Ontario Association of Food Banks remains committed to reducing hunger through sustainable solutions.

To locate a food bank anywhere in Ontario, contact the Ontario Association of Food Banks toll free at:
1 - 866 - 220 - 4022 

211 Toronto

211 Toronto, as part of 211 Ontario, acts as a portal to specialized provincial information and referral databases. Its mandate to function as a fully searchable and bilingual point of access allows individuals to access community, social, health and related Ontario government supported programs and services.

To locate a food bank, food relief options, or other services, contact Toronto 211 by calling 211 or at:

Nutrition Resources

Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA)

With their mission to "inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, and more peaceful lilfestyle", this non-profit organization offers multiple resources dedicated to plant-based nutrition. To access these resource or connect with the local vegetarian/vegan community, contact TVA at: 416 - 544 - 9800.

Nutrition Facts

Sponsered by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in Toronto, Nutrition Facts is a website run by Dr. Michael Gregar M.D. Each week Dr. Gregar breaks down the latest nutrition information published in scientific journals into short and easy to understand segments. The website features a regularly updated blog and hosts a Q&A option for you to ask Dr. Gregar your pressing nutrition questions. Visit Nutrition Facts here for more information. 

Nutrition Matters

Nutrition Matters is an online series of fact sheets that provide current and accurate information on a variety of nutrition topics. This information is provided by Registered Dietians who work within Public Health.

To access these fact sheets visit Nutrition Matters here

Local Food Options

Toronto Farmers' Market Map

This Google Map details the locations of farmers' markets throughout Toronto. Months of operation, as well as days and times of operation, are listed. 

FoodLink Hotline

FoodLink is a volunteer-staffed telephone referral service that connects people with food programs in their neighborhood. FoodLink's database houses over 1300 food program listings in Toronto for referral. To contact Foodlink call: 416 - 332 - 6655 

Westend Food Co-op

The Westend Food Co-op functions as a local cooperative that aims to provide food security initiatives that are specific to west end Toronto. The co-op connects local farmers to local eaters while increasing markets for local, sustainable farmers and artisan producers.

A retail food hub and farmers' market is located at 1229 Queen St. West just west of Queen & Dufferin. The operating hours are:

  • Tuesday - Thursday: 11 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM - 6 PM

For more information visit their website here.

Karma Food Co-op

The Karma Food Co-op runs as a non-profit, democratically run, and member-owned cooperative specializing in organic, local, non-GMO and fair trade products. The co-op offers bulk items, organic produce, health supplements, and more at competitive market prices.

The co-op is located at 739 Palmerston Avenue, just North-East of Bloor & Bathurst. The operating hours are:

  • Tuesday - Friday: 9 AM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM
For more information visit their website here

Emergency Hunger Relief

Free or Low-cost Meals

Several community organizations offer free or low-cost meals to those requiring immediate hunger relief. Some of these meals are only open to specific populations, while others are open to the general public. 

Download the referral guide listed below.  

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