A Contactless Foodbank for Students

Register to receive a free box of produce.

The COVID-19 crisis has amplified an existing problem for students at UofT and across Canada: food insecurity. Student poverty, a lack of economic opportunity and the closure of the University's only foodbank can only worsen the problem. Students from Engineers Without Borders and Trek for Teens have partnered with FoodShare to provide a safe way for food insecure students to access healthy food during difficult times.

How It Works

  • Register for a box of produce using by providing your information no later than Friday at 1 pm.
  • You'll receive an email within a few days confirming the details of your order.
  • Your food will arrive at your door between Wednesday and Saturday of the following week.

Every week students can register to receive a  Good Food box containing fresh produce. Each box feeds 2-4 people and students can continously register for as long as they need food. Information is provided to FoodShare by our volunteers in order to faciliate ordering and shipping. Please note we can only support 50 students per week on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Partners and Sponsors

This initiative is made possible by the efforts and generosity of the following organizations.
Please consider donating to the initiative  or  contacting us if you'd like to support it through a partnership or sponsorship.

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Association of Part-time Undergradute Students

Advisory, outreach and financial support ($10000)

EWB logo

Engineers Without Borders Toronto

Volunteer, outreach and financial support ($3000)

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FoodShare

Food provider, logistical and in-kind support ($6500)

Trek for Teens logo

University of Toronto School of Cities

Advisory, outreach and financial support ($1000)

Trek for Teens logo

Trek for Teens

Volunteer and outreach support

Program Goals and Impacts

Our immediate goal is to ensure that students have consistent access to food. Our long-term goal is to advocate for economic justice through food justice. Recognizing that food insecurity is a symptom of financial hardship, we are actively developing our program to deliver better services, collect and share research data, establish strategic partnerships with diverse stakeholders, and generate meaningful and progressive dialgoue regarding equitable access to education as it pertains to the barriers created by financial hardship. .

Impact to date

  • 850+ boxes delivered
  • 275+ students served
  • $20k+ in funds raised to tackle food insecurity
  • Student financial aid guide developed
  • 10 solidarity partnerships formed with UofT and community organizations

Our Team

This initiative is led by the following project organizers:

Media

Publicity and news articles regarding this initiative.

SofC Fellow leads an initiative to create UofT Emergency Foodbank

With the closing down of the only Foodbank at UofT, 2020 Student Fellow and Student Academy member Adam El-Masri, with support from a group of similarly driven U of T students, put into motion the creation of a UofT Emergency Foodbank for economically vulnerable students. Read our interview with Adam, where he explains what made him embark on this ambitious project and the motivation behind his dedication.