A Contactless Food Bank 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 food bank can only worsen the problem. Students and staff from various unions, student groups and faculties have partnered to provide a safe way for food-insecure students to access healthy food during difficult times. We do so by providing food boxes and resources on financial aid.

How It Works

  • Register for a box of produce by providing your information no later than Thursday at 10am.
  • You'll receive an email the following Monday confirming the details of your order .
  • Your food will arrive at your door between Tuesday and Sunday of the following week.You will receive text messages notifying you of the status of your delivery on the delivery day including the morning of, 20 minutes before it arrives, and when it arrives.

Every week registered and non-registered students (including recent alumni) can sign up to receive a  large Good Food box  or  small Good Food box  containing fresh produce. 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. The form may close early if we reach our limit. The form re-opens every Sunday at noon.

Commitment to Accessibility

If for any reason the information we request poses a barrier to accessing this service, please send us an email with your name and address and we will provide a box. If you are not comfortable with sharing your address, we can also provide a giftcard using only your name and UofT email. As long as you self-identify as a member of the UofT community, we are committed to providing you with access to food to the best of our abilities. We welcome any and all feedback on how we can improve our service and reduce barriers wherever possible.

Goals and Impact

Our immediate goal is to ensure that students have consistent access to food. Our long-term goal is to advocate for economic justice and poverty alleviation. 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 dismantling the barriers created by financial hardship.

Impact to Date

  • 3650+ boxes and giftcards provided
  • 1000+ people in over 600+ student households
  • $75k+ in funds raised to tackle food inssecurity
  • Financial aid and food resources guide developed
  • 15+ solidarity partnerships formed with UofT and community organizations

'Feeding the Student Movement' Program

A food honoraria program that aims to support students who participate in online programming focusing on social justice and equity (e.g. workshops, panel discussions, etc.). In providing a food honoria, we are limiting a financial barrier that often prohibits students in need from participating in equity and social justice seeking movements. Contact us if your UofT group/organization/community is interested in collaborating.

Events we've sponsored

Partners and Sponsors

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

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Community Food Centres Canada

We are a Good Food organization partner receiving training on food bank redevelopment and training on advocacy and campaigning.

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Food provider, logistical, strategic and in-kind support ($16000)

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CUPE 3902

Advisory, outreach and financial support ($5000)

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Trek for Teens

Volunteer and outreach support


Publicity and news articles regarding this initiative.

Feeding City: COVID-19 and Campus Food Insecurity

Research report documenting food insecurity on UofT campuses

Food Security: The Key to Student Self-fulfillment

A blog post releasing the findings of a report on student food security lists the UofT Emergency Food Bank as a resource.

Hunger and Our Communities: Organization Highlight

Junior Researchers: Azra Alavi, Hannah Klemmensen, Olivia Rodrigo and Yusra Khalid highlight community organizations tackling food insecurity.

Meal Exchange - Catalyzing Community Food Solutions Panel

Conference Series: Promoting Food Security in Higher Education

Op-ed: How we’re tackling student food insecurity through COVID-19

U of T Emergency Food Bank members (Adam and Amaial) on the systemic nature of poverty

SofC Fellow leads an initiative to create UofT Emergency Food Bank

With the closing down of the only Food Bank at UofT, 2020 Student Fellow Adam El-Masri, with support from a group of similarly driven U of T students, put into motion the creation of a UofT Emergency Food Bank for economically vulnerable students.