North York Harvest Food Bank is the primary food bank for north Toronto. In 2020, North York Harvest served more than 19,000 individuals each month and distributed over 3 million pounds of food through community programs and partnerships.
At North York Harvest Food Bank, we believe in a community where all members have dignified food access, empowering individuals, and strengthening communities by working towards finding long-term food solutions.
By taking a focused approach to community engagement which includes providing respectful food assistance, education and advocacy, North York Harvest continues to be at the heart and health of the North York community.
Our Vision: A community where all members are able to meet their food needs.
Our Mission: To engage our community in meeting the food needs of northern Toronto by providing dignified food assistance, education, focused advocacy, and long-term food solutions.
Learn more about our values by visiting northyorkharvest.com.
In June of this year, the North York Harvest Food Bank network served more than 20,000 community members, which is a 66% increase compared to June 2019.
In the last year, we saw 3,500 new families visiting our food spaces and 1/3 of the people visiting are children. Visits from seniors are also growing in number, making them our fastest growing demographic.
Your generosity helps:
- Children and Youth
- Parents, who often put the needs of their children first
- Seniors, the biggest jump among all food bank users
- Community members that have recently lost their job
- People living with disabilities
- Individuals who may only need assistance a few times each year, to make it through difficult periods
Beyond meeting the food needs of our neighbours, we’re also leveraging our specific capabilities to support non-profit organizations all over Toronto with their food procurement, warehousing and delivery needs.
Through FoodReach, a social enterprise project of North York Harvest Food Bank, we are combatting the rising cost of food and high grocery store markups by offering affordable and convenient access to wholesale-priced produce, dairy, and bread to daycare centres, schools, shelters and other community agencies.