About Us

For over 40 years, we’ve been dedicated to increasing access to healthy food in Toronto. We are proud to be an integral part of the community, offering support, fostering health and togetherness, and challenging inequality. 

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Our Work

We run extensive emergency food access and social service programs, aiming to address the effects of systemic poverty: food insecurity, social isolation, unequal access to land, and difficulty navigating health and government systems. 

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Join us in building a stronger, more connected Toronto. From hosting a fundraiser to becoming a monthly donor or volunteer, there are many ways you can take part in our work and support the urgent needs of our community.

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What Sets Us Apart


Our programs change lives. At The Stop, good nutritious food is a gateway to deeper connection. Most people walk through our doors for a meal, but once here, find their lives changed through the empowerment and belonging that arises from extended engagement in our kitchens, gardens, or through the mutual support of peer advocacy. The Stop is a place where community members can grow and feel supported where they are and as they and their circumstances change. We provide anything from prepared meals to perinatal support. 

Our community work is not a charity model; we aim to empower our community members and build responsibility and care for one another. Our service users propose and shape new programs and our public policy priorities. In focusing outcomes around social connection and developing programming in response to the needs of our community, our model aims to address the effects and root causes of food security and marginalization. 

Being a Peer Advocate has been a formative experience. I learned how to be an active and useful participant in my community. I take great pride in helping community members navigate obscure systems of aid, as well as providing services to folks who, like myself, may experience barriers elsewhere.

norhan, Community Action program participant


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Volunteers giving their time to help our community


Emergency Food Access

Our emergency food access programs include a food bank, two drop-in meal locations, community kitchens, and a good food market.


Community Building

We work with our community to address their changing needs. This includes a peer-led community action program, a tax and ID clinic, and program for new and expecting parents. 


Urban Agriculture

We run diverse programs, such as a seedling giveaway, microgreens program, multiple community gardens, and our weekly Farmers’ Market.