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September 4, 2020 11:30 am – Labour Day Office Closure

Please note that North York Harvest will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labour Day. We will be back to service our community on Tuesday, September 8 as per our regular hours. 

We hope everyone will continue to enjoy a safe and happy long weekend.

 


August 24, 2020 1:30 pm – Join the Virtual Food Drive

North York Harvest has gone virtual this year as a way of maximizing our fundraising efforts so we can get food out to even more people in need during the pandemic. A virtual food drive is like a regular food collection drive, except online and with the goal of raising cash donations to help us purchase food for people in need. 

Sign up today to join North York Harvest Food Bank’s Virtual Food Drive and help support thousands in need of nutritious food. 

A gift of $15 will allow us to put together a hamper with the most needed food items for an entire family. 

Register to host your own fundraiser or join a team! You can also Donate to another fundraiser to help their cause. 
 

July 31, 2020 3:30 pm – August 3 Holiday Closure

Please note that North York Harvest will be closed on Monday, August 3 for the holiday. We will be back to service our community on Tuesday, August 4 as per our regular hours. 

We hope everyone will continue to enjoy a safe and happy long weekend.

 


July 15, 2020 3:30 pm – Toronto Neighbourhood Walks 

A great story behind an excellent fundraiser! Last month, Jayden Daniels came up with an idea to help people in Toronto stay active during the quarantine while supporting people who were most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Realizing that there were many areas in Toronto that people didn’t know about, he created a fantastic app called “Toronto Neighbourhood Walks” that offers audio walking tours of several Toronto neighbourhoods. 

The app is free of charge but Jayden encourages users who enjoyed the experience to donate to North York Harvest to support those in need over the summer months. Jayden’s Toronto Neighbourhood Walks campaign officially launched last Friday and has since received a steady stream of donations from kind-hearted patrons. We are so happy that someone as creative and thoughtful as Jayden is looking out for our community during these unprecedented times!

If you’re looking to support a great cause this summer, then look no further. 

Download the free Toronto Neighbourhood Walks app on either iPhone or Android Devices, or donate directly to the relief fund on our website. 

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Toronto Neighbourhood Walks relief fund

 


July 9, 2020 10:00 am – Bathurst Finch program cancelled today

Due to flooding in our warehouse, our food bank program is cancelled today. Please note, if you had an appointment booked for today, your new appointment will be next week (Thursday, July 16) at the same time.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 


June 30, 2020 3:00 pm – Head office closures for the rest of the week

Beginning on July 1, North York Harvest head office will be closed for the rest of the week. We will reopen next Monday, July 6. 

Have a safe and happy break!

 


June 24, 2020 1:30 pm – CBC Community Cares

As part of CBC Community Cares (a special day of programming to support local food banks), Metro Morning interviews a couple of clients waiting in line at North York Harvest’s Bathurst-Finch Community Food Space. 

The full interview can be viewed below.

 


June 19, 2020 3:30 pm – Making our work possible during the pandemic

The demand for food banks has risen dramatically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a challenge for North York Harvest to keep up with the increased food distribution while having many of our sites closed. However, throughout this great time of need we have helped thousands of families, children, and seniors with emergency food support. 

We have our donors, supporters, partners, and staff to thank for making our work possible. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rising demand and distribute hampers while maintaining a safe environment for everyone. 

 


June 11, 2020 10:00 am – Race-based food insecurity 

Black households are 3.56 times more likely to be food insecure than white households in Canada. Hunger disproportionately impacts people of colour who continue to face systemic discrimination an all fronts: whether it be rent, or employment, or access to quality food.

North York Harvest Food Bank’s vision where “all community members are able to meet their food needs” cannot be realized until we truly address structural inequality and dismantle the systems that foster discrimination.

We stand in solidarity with all those who fight against anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and other forms of racism and oppression and with all those demanding racial justice.

North York Harvest’s Anti-Black Racism Statement.


June 1, 2020 2:30 pm – Finding purpose for idle big city arenas 

“It takes partnerships and some out of the box thinking.”

When the Oriole Community Centre, just north of the Fairview Mall, was shut down due to COVID-19 concerns, it meant the busy food bank in the building needed to be moved. North York Harvest worked closely with city officials, eventually reaching an arrangement to open the rink next door, which has plenty of room for safe social distancing while dealing with the food demand.

Read the full article from the Ottawa Sun here

 

Before the arrival of COVID-19, we were serving 150 households per week. Now, 220 households are coming per week. Now, more than ever, we need your support


May 24, 2020 3:30 pm – North York Harvest in the news 

During the pandemic, your support has enabled us to provide emergency food support to thousands, convert public spaces into temporary food banks and much more.

Please take a moment to read about  all that you have allowed North York Harvest to accomplish on our media coverage page.


May 20, 2020 2:45 pm – Give 30

Just because we have to keep apart physically, does not mean we cannot (virtually) come together in solidarity, compassion and kindness to help those in need.

During this last week of Ramadan, we welcome anyone, regardless of faith or background, to support Give 30.  Even a small amount can make a difference for those who don’t have enough to eat.


May 17, 2020 12:30 pm – Victoria Day hours

Please note that North York Harvest will be closed on Monday, May 18 for the holiday. We will be back to service our community on Tuesday, May 19 as per our regular hours. 

We hope everyone will continue to enjoy a safe and happy long weekend.


May 15, 2020 1:00 pm – North York Harvest joins 58,000 non-profits call for stabilization fund.
 
“It’s the increased expenses now and in the future that keeps [us] up at night.”
 
While North York Harvest has remained open during the pandemic due to the incredible support from our supporters, donors, and partners, we require higher expenses to continue to provide emergency food services.
 
In this article from the Toronto Star, read about how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a growing need for our services and how Ontario non-profits have been affected.
 

May 6, 2020 3:45 pm – Thank you from all of us at North York Harvest. 
 
 
 

This Giving Tuesday, our staff wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has made our work possible: supporters, volunteers, staff, donors, and advocates.

With your support, we served 24,000 people in our community, distributed 2 million pounds of food to people in need, and took bold steps to advocate for those who live in poverty. 

From all of us, this is our way of saying “thank you”. 

Thank you for all of your support and please keep safe. We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

May 1, 2020 1:00 pm – A recap from our Executive Director. 
 
 
 
A big thank you to thank all our partners in the public, private, and non-profit sector, and all of the support we’ve received from our community members. We also want to recognize our staff for getting food out to our communities quickly during these challenging times.
 
We are stronger together, and North York Harvest will continue providing support where we can! 
 

April 24, 2020 2:15 pm – An outpouring of support. 
 
The global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a humbling reminder of our common humanity, but also the collective strength in working with one another. We are very grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from the City of Toronto, our partners, other food banks, and especially our donors.
 
 

April 17, 2020 2:30 pm – Many new clients in need of support. 
 
We are all facing new and different challenges during these unprecedented times. Every day we receive over 100 inquires by phone (with a third of those being new clients). So many of our neighbours are finding themselves in need for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Even if you are staying safe home, please continue to help North York Harvest sustain our support for those who are most in need during COVID-19.
 
 

April 13, 2020 2:50 pm – Startling stats from our Bathurst-Finch food space. 
 
Last week we saw a 70% increase in client visits from the previous week. Two-thirds of those were not our usual clients. In fact, our new clients have more than doubled.
 
If you wish to lend a helping hand, please visit northyorkharvest.com/urgent-support/ to make a donation.
 
For information about our agencies, please call 416-605-7799 ext 0.
 

April 9, 2020 2:45 pm – Good Friday. 
 
North York Harvest will be closed for Good Friday. Our main office, deliveries, and food spaces will all reopen on Monday, April 13. 
 
For more information, please call 416-635-7771 ext 0. 
 

April 2, 2020 4:18 pm – An update and FAQ for food banks and agencies.
 
Please know that North York Harvest and our partners are doing everything we can to ensure our community can continue to safely access emergency food support during this time. We have partnered with the City of Toronto, and in particular the Toronto Public Library, to quickly fill the gaps in service and continue to operate a network of food banks in northern Toronto.
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
What should I do if clients need food support?
 
If you are responding to clients seeking food assistance, please have them contact our general referral line at 416-635-7771 for the most up-to-date information.
 
Our program has had to close due to COVID-19, how can we help during this time?
 
If your agency has closed and has food or cash donations you would like redirected to North York Harvest during this time, please contact lisas@northyorkharvest.com.

 


March 30, 2020 4:30 pm – A short video update from our Executive Director, Ryan Noble, on what North York Harvest is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We need your support to protect the most vulnerable in our community. We’re in this together.

 


March 19, 2020 5:00 pm – In response to COVID-19, our food bank location and times may be subject to change.

Please call our referral line at 416-635-7771 ext.0 or email us at info@northyorkharvest.com to confirm program hours before visiting a food bank.

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March 16, 2020 2:50 pm – North York Harvest remains open and will continue to support our community with emergency food assistance.

With that said, the safety and well-being of everyone in our community, as well as our volunteers and staff, is our top priority and we are monitoring the situation closely and following the direction of Toronto Public Health, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization

To ensure a safe environment for everyone, we are taking the following temporary measures:

  • Increased our on-site hygiene to provide hand-washing stations and encourage staff and visitors to wash their hands frequently.
  • Suspended volunteer operations from our premises (including our three food spaces: Oriole Food Space, Bathurst-Finch Community Food Space, Lawrence Heights Community Food Space) and are now deploying paid staff for all critical functions. 
  • Ensure that staff who have travelled will self-isolate themselves for the recommended 14 days. 
  • Encourage our staff to work at home if needed. 

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