Apr 11, 2020

How Toronto Public Library branches are becoming food banks during COVID-19

A number of Toronto Public Library branches are turning into food banks as the need skyrockets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative comes as Daily Bread Food Bank reports its clients have increased by 53 per cent. More than 40 per cent of Toronto’s food bank programs have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re seeing a lot of people who, over the course of the last month, have been laid off,” said Daily Bread’s CEO, Neil Hetherington.

The library plans to keep the pop-up food banks open until the pandemic is over.

WATCH | CBC Toronto’s Talia Ricci with what it’s like for library staff to turn their branches into food banks

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