Hunger Action Month

Take action on hunger this September!

Hunger Action Month is a nation-wide campaign that encourages Canadians to work towards a future without hunger.


We are inviting you to fight hunger in your communities through four key actions:

Educate, Advocate, Volunteer and Donate.


Want to learn and educate others about the impact food insecurity has on our communities?  

Read our Hunger Report or blog posts on the issues that affect food insecurity. Visit our stories of hunger page to read first-hand accounts from those that visit, volunteer, or lead the charge at Ontario’s food banks. Share Food Banks Canada’s Impossible Choices tool and lesson plan for teachers.


Food banks exist across this province because many individuals do not have access to a sufficient income that allows them to afford all of their basic necessities.  Long-term policy solutions are key to not only ending hunger, but alleviating poverty.  Learn more about our recommendations for change and join our postcard campaign advocating for more affordable housing!


You can lend your time and talents to your food bank by getting a group of co-workers together for a food drive, using your skills to help advance their mission, or making a weekly commitment to sort food.  

Contact your local food bank today to find out what opportunities are available!


While we work towards long-term change, we also want to ensure that people in need have access to food today.  Over half of the food we distribute is fresh or frozen, including produce, meat, milk and eggs.

This Hunger Action Month, donate to the OAFB or participate in one of our partner campaigns this month. For every $1 you give, we can provide the equivalent of 3 meals to someone in need.


DONATE | Leadership Sponsor: Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO)

The CFO is the Leadership Sponsor for Hunger Action Month this year.

Staff from the CFO will be volunteering at food banks in Hamilton and Cambridge for a food sort to learn more about our collective work, how poverty affects these communities, and how they can continue to help.

In addition to their support of Hunger Action Month 2018, the CFO Cares program generously donated 803,756 servings of chicken to food banks across Ontario last year!


Media Sponsor: Toronto Star

Each year, the Toronto Star generously donates ad space to the OAFB during Hunger Action Month so we can raise meals for families in need just in time for Thanksgiving.


Education Sponsor: OPSEU

We have partnered with the Ontario Public Servants Employees Union (OPSEU) to run an MPP Breakfast at Queen’s Park, which will give food bank leaders an opportunity to talk with their representatives about issues that impact those they serve. OPSEU also generously printed the postcards for our affordable housing campaign.

ADVOCATE | Join Our Campaign For More Affordable Housing!

Most food bank clients spend 70% or more of their income on housing, leaving little for other essentials such as food.  

Show your support for more affordable housing by joining our campaign below!

Learn More About Affordable Housing

How Can I Participate?

  1. Postcard: Pick up our postcard at your local food bank (or print your own on cardstock), fill in the back with your support, and mail it to your MPP!
  2. Contact: Call, email, or visit your MPP and ask them if they support investments in affordable housing.
  3. Social Media: Post about why affordable housing is important to you.  Use #HungerActionMonth so we can boost it, and tag your MPP.

Who Should I Contact?

  1. Your Own MPP: Find your riding and MPP’s contact information at Elections Ontario.
  2. Other Key MPPs:
    • Premier Doug Ford (@FordNation)
    • Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark (@SteveClarkPC)
    • Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa)

EDUCATE | Impossible Choices

We invite you to follow one of three stories of people experiencing food insecurity, and decide what you would do in each person’s situation.

What choices would you make?

Interactive Tool

In each video, an actor delivers a monologue that tells the story of their character. At several points in each story, a decision must be made by that character, and the options are presented on screen — and you decide which action you would take in that situation.  As you will discover, some choices are harder than others — and some choices feel almost impossible.

What Choices Would You Make?

Lesson Plan

Food Banks Canada created a free, downloadable lesson plan for teachers to accompany the Impossible Plan tool.

Primary Secondary

Events & Campaigns

There are many ways to participate in Hunger Action Month events and campaigns in your community!

Food banks across the province are holding food sorts and other events to engage their communities and representatives in the work that they do.

We also have several partner campaigns running during Hunger Action Month that make it easy for you to give.

Thornbury Village Cider

DONATE | You can enjoy a refreshing local cider and help provide fresh food to someone in need. Through Thornbury...

The Cheesecake Factory

DONATE | August 2018 – February 2019 | Have your cake and eat it too!  For every slice sold of...

LCBO At-The-Cash Campaign

DONATE | August 19 – September 15 | You can support Ontario’s food banks while picking up a VQA wine...

Whole Foods Market – Capacity Building

DONATE | Whole Foods Market, through their 2018 5% Day Campaign, invested over $25,000 into the OAFB’s Capacity Building Program....

MPP Breakfast at Queen’s Park

ADVOCATE/EDUCATE | September 27 | Leaders from food banks all across Ontario will converging upon Queen’s Park on the morning...

3rd Great MPP Food Sort

EDUCATE | September 21 | The OAFB is inviting our member food banks to host their MPP and other local...

Food Bank Events – Hunger Action Month 2018

This September, the Ontario Association of Food Banks invites all Ontarians to participate in its third Annual Hunger Action Month. Through...

Sobey’s Golf Tournament

DONATE | September 12 | Sobey’s Annual Engineering & Real Estate Golf Tournament will be taking place on September 12...

Flat Rock Cellars Good Kharma Chardonnay

DONATE | Flat Rock Cellars is a long-time supporter of the OAFB! Throughout the fall, proceeds from their Good Kharma Chardonnay will...


We created some infographics and shareables for social media for you to use to spread the word about #HungerActionMonth!