If you are living in the GTA and are in need of food for yourself and/or your family, please call 416-203-0050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will refer you to a neighbourhood food bank in your area.
We are available by phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you need food today, and your food bank is closed, we will try to provide an alternative food bank or meal program you can access.
After hours and on weekends and holidays, you can also call 211 to find out information about where to access food. You can also look for your closest meal program or food bank by clicking here to go to 211 Ontario.
When you visit a food bank for the first time:
You will be asked to voluntarily share information about your situation including family composition, income, housing status, education etc. During this interview, providing identification for members in the household is helpful, but not required. Personal information is confidential, and is used by Daily Bread to better understand our client’s circumstances, and to advocate on their behalf.
Personal information is not shared with other organizations outside of Daily Bread’s network or with the government, including Ontario Works or Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not have to provide the requested information in order to access food. You should never be denied food at any Daily Bread member food bank.
If you have already registered at a Daily Bread Food Bank Member Agency, your file will already be complete. Please be prepared to provide your date of birth or client ID number when you visit a different location other than the one you registered.
If you live outside of the service area of the food bank you are visiting, you may be given a referral to the food bank that serves where you live.
What to expect when visiting a food bank:
The majority of our member food banks are located in local churches and community centres. They are run by dedicated staff and volunteers who pick up food, stock shelves and support clients by distributing food. Daily Bread provides training to all of our member agencies in fairly and equitably distributing food while providing excellent client service. It can be difficult to ask for help, and we understand that. Daily Bread member agencies work to create a positive, safe and welcoming environment to make it easier to access food should you require assistance.
What you will receive:
Daily Bread member agency food banks provide a 2-3 -day supply of food, based on the number of people in your family. We try to offer choice in the food that is provided based on Canada’s Food Guide. Daily Bread strives to provide healthy and nutritious food, as well as a variety of choices. However, choice is sometimes limited based on demand and what donations we have received.