Emergency Food Access

 

 

Good Food Matters

 

What we eat, and how we eat it, has a powerful impact on our sense of self. Our ability to access the foods we love, to express ourselves through cooking, and to share our traditions with others can build pride in our identities. It also deepens the connections we have with our families, cultures, and neighbours.

Food is at the heart of all of our work at The Stop. We provide opportunities for people to share a meal, enjoy a taste of home, and foster their sense of community. Using food as a tool, we aim to improve the mental and physical health of people experiencing poverty or even homelessness.

Although we know the answer to poverty and food insecurity is not food – but rather increased income – we are committed to serving our community members and meeting the immediate needs of the 1 in 4 Torontonians who live in food-insecure households.

 

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Our Food Bank

 

Food Bank Hours: Mondays and Fridays (no service on statutory holidays), 10 AM-2 PM

Households from within our catchment area can access the food bank once per month, and those outside of our catchment area can access the service once every six months. Food bank users receive enough food for three days. 

The Stop’s food bank at 1884 Davenport Rd. provides emergency food access to the community through creative partnerships and the support of our donors. Our hampers always feature fresh produce, milk, eggs, and whole grains. 

The Stop’s food bank prides itself on offering a dignified, safe, bright, and cheerful space where the people are very knowledgeable on social and economic issues and treat each guest with respect.

1 to 9

Each one of our food bank files represent a household of 1 to 9 people

17%

Increase in the total number of people served, compared to 2021

21%

Of the 23,668 people served through the food bank, children represent 21%

40%

Of newly registered food bank service users commute from outside our catchment area

Drop-in Meals

 

We serve drop-in, seated meals at two locations: 1884 Davenport Road and Wychwood Open Door (729 St. Clair West). Our meals are culturally-appropriate, balanced, and prepared by Community Chefs and volunteers. 

Drop-in hours: Breakfast and lunch are served at 1884 Davenport on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 AM and 12 PM respectively (no service on statutory holidays).

At 729 St. Clair West, breakfast and lunch are served on Wednesdays at 9 AM and 12 PM respectively. We also offer a dinner service on Thursdays at 4 PM. 

 

 

 

 

431

Average meals we serve each day to individuals and families

76,599

Take away meals served in 2022

40%

Of our food budget is spent on all local food/farms

Good Food Market

Our Good Food Market (GFM) is just one of the ways that The Stop aims to generate sustainable access to healthy foods in underserved neighborhoods. Residential areas without a grocery store within walking distance are called “food deserts” and GFMs were specifically designed to fill the gaps in these areas by bringing healthy foods closer to home.

The GFM is a multidimensional food security tool. It allows us to provide reliable access to high-quality, healthy, and affordable food in our community while simultaneously supporting our local food economy.

Our GFM is held every Tuesday at 1884 Davenport Road, from 12 PM to 3 PM. In addition to fresh, affordable produce, customers can also access fresh baked goods and healthy prepared foods such as soups, stews, and sauces.