Even before COVID-19, nearly 4.5 million Canadians struggled to put good food on the table for themselves and their families. In the first 2 months of the pandemic, that number grew by 39%, affecting 1 in 7 people.(1)

In Toronto, almost 1 in 5 households faced food insecurity.(2)

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, many food banks in Toronto have seen a sharp increase in demand, with some receiving as many as three times the number of weekly visits compared to the month prior. According to a survey conducted by Daily Bread, this increased demand was driven both by the addition of new clients and by an increase in visits from returning clients struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. An estimated 6,000 new clients began accessing food banks in Toronto in June 2020 (compared to 2,000 in February 2020).

Toronto Miracle is working with Toronto’s leading food security organizations to assist in the collection and distribution of the food collected on December 5th, 2020.

We encourage you to learn more about the amazing work these organizations are doing in the city and join your voice with ours for sustainable food security by making a financial contribution to support their efforts. They will be tracking the amount of donations made to the Toronto Miracle so that we are aware of the impact we all have made in our community. Please click the logos below to donate:

Second Harvest Food Rescue Logo

Daily Bread Food Bank Logo

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.

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Sources:

1. Community Food Centres, Beyond Hunger Report

2. City of Toronto, Food Insecurity in Toronto 2019 Infographic