Latest COVID-19 updates from North York Harvest

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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.
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


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 to confirm program hours before visiting a food bank.

March 19, 2020 3:00 pm – For all the latest updates, please follow us on social media. 



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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