If you are living in the GTA and are in need of food for yourself and/or your family, please call 416-203-0050 and Daily Bread will refer you to a neighbourhood food bank in your area. 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. We are available by phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. After hours and on weekends and holidays, call 211 toll free from all pay phones.
What to expect when visiting a food bank
Our member agency food banks are located in local churches, apartment building community rooms and community centres. Some are run by a small number of staff with volunteer support, while many others are completely volunteer-run. Daily Bread provides training to all of our member agencies in fairly and equitably distributing food. We expect our member agencies to create a safe and empowering environment for people coming to them for food assistance.
What you will be asked when you visit a food bank
All information provided is kept confidential and not shared with organizations outside Daily Bread Food Bank and our member agencies.
If you don’t have the requested information with you when you visit a food bank, you will not be turned away. You may be asked to bring the information in the next time you visit. We ask this information to provide you and your family with the appropriate amount of food, and to let you know how often you are eligible to come to the food bank.
If you live outside of the service area of the food bank you are visiting, you will be given a referral to the food bank that serves where you live.
Living on a low-income often has challenges in addition to food, and talking to staff and volunteers about your current situation gives us the opportunity to give additional support and resources you might need. Many of our member agency food banks also provide information and referral to a number of local community resources including the Information & Referral Centre @ Daily Bread.
What you will get
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.