Latest COVID-19 updates from North York Harvest

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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 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.
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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