The Mission of the Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank is to supplement the basic food needs of our clients by providing nutritionally balanced food items in a safe and welcoming space. Clients will be treated with respect and will be provided with the dignity of choice to select items most appropriate for themselves, their family, their culture and their religion from the foods that are available from the Food Bank.
What We Do
Founded and sponsored by the Churches on-the-Hill*, and acting as a regional agency of the Daily Bread Food Bank, we operate a Supplemental Food Program, supplying groceries to individuals and families who have a place to live but whose income is often insufficient to make ends meet. This group of families facing regular but generally short-term hunger is our target population. The program is intended to provide food sufficient for up to nine days per month.
The Food Bank’s Community Information Centrequalifies new clients with an in-depth assessment of both food and non-food needs. The Centre then assists with gaining access to other support services in the community.
by the numbers
With cost of living increases, demand for our services has risen every year for the past five years and in 2018, over 12,800 orders for three days’ worth of food were filled. Last year, more than $80,000 was spent on food, TTC tickets and supplies for our clients.
Our clients live in the immediate area.We currently serve 500 households, with 300 using our service 2-3 times per month. About 20% of food goes to support children. Our Babies Program provides 100% of the recommended nutrition for the key formative years from birth to 3 years.
20% of our clients are recent immigrants; 50% are temporarily down on their luck and the remaining 30% have long-term health and social issues.
Your support can make a real difference for the families we serve.
how we operate
Our organization is 100% volunteer staffed with more than 130 individuals contributing their time and talent.
Clients come for groceries Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, volunteers are dedicated to receiving, sorting, stocking and other aspects of operations management.
The Food Bank’s Board of Directors is made up of one representative from each of the Churches on-the-Hill.
*The sponsoring churches are Calvin Presbyterian Church, Christ Church Deer Park, Deer Park United Church, Grace Church on-the-Hill, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Latvian Church, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.