Even before COVID-19, nearly 4.5 million Canadians struggled to put good food on the table for themselves and their families.

In the year leading up to the pandemic, food banks in Toronto saw close to one million visits – a 5% increase from the previous year. In fact, pre-pandemic, food bank visits in Toronto had climbed back to the same level as the peak following the 2008-09 financial crisis. With the arrival of COVID-19, food bank visits in Toronto skyrocketed. By June, food bank visits had increased by 22% compared to the same period last year, and by August, that number grew to a staggering 51%.  Today, precarious employment, insufficient income, and unaffordable housing continue to drive food insecurity in Toronto. Food bank usage in Toronto has increased 45% compared to 2020, which is 1.5x higher than the last peak period experienced during the 2008 recession.

To learn more about food insecurity in Toronto, read the Daily Bread Food Banks Who’s Hungry Report 2021 and Second Harvest's Invisible Food Network report.

Toronto Miracle works with Toronto’s leading food security organizations to assist in the collection and distribution of the food collected. We encourage you to learn more about the amazing work these organizations are doing in the city. Please click the logos below to learn more or click the links below to make a financial contribution to support their efforts:

Second Harvest Food Rescue Logo
Click Here to Donate to Second Harvest
Click Here to Donate to Daily Bread Food Bank

Click Here to Donate to North York Harvest

Click Here to Donate to Scarborough Food Security Initiative

Looking to access a meal program or food bank?

To access food in your area:

Note that many food banks have eligibility requirements often based on address.