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.

#FEEDTHECHANGE

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

Educate, Advocate, Volunteer and Donate.

Educate

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, current trends, and how food banks are supporting their communities. 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. 

Advocate

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 campaign below for more affordable housing!

Volunteer

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!

Donate

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 milk, eggs, chicken, beef, pork, fruits and vegetables!  

Donate to the OAFB – for every $1 you donate, we can provide the equivalent of 3 meals to someone in need.  

CFO

Leadership Sponsor: Chicken Farmers of Ontario

The CFO Cares program generously donated 803,756 servings of chicken to food banks across Ontario last 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.

CFO

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.

CFO

Education Sponsor: OPSEU

We partnered with the Ontario Public Servants Employees Union (OPSEU) on our MPP Breakfast at Queen’s Park, which gives our food bank leaders an opportunity to talk to their representatives about issues that matter to food banks. OPSEU also generously printed the postcards for our affordable housing campaign.

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.  

You can show your support for affordable housing by joining our campaign!

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)

Events

Food banks across the province are running local events to engage their communities in Hunger Action Month.

Food Bank Events

This September, the Ontario Association of Food Banks invites all Ontarians to participate in its 2nd Annual Hunger Action Month....

Gay Lea Foods Capacity Building

Gay Lea Foods and the Gay Lea Foundation have invested $20,000 into the OAFB’s Capacity Building Grant, helping to ensure...

Chicken Farmers of Ontario Donation

Throughout September, CFO will be providing a weekly donation of chicken to food banks in Ontario. Last year, Chicken Farmers...

Cargill Employee Volunteer Day

Employees of Cargill will be volunteering at East Wellington Community Services in Erin, Ontario this month. Cargill is a longstanding...

Sobey’s Golf Tournament

September 13 | Sobey’s Annual Engineering & Real Estate Golf Tournament will be taking place on September 13 to benefit...

French’s and Ontario Pork Donation

September 25 & 26 | French’s is donating $25,000 to the OAFB for Hunger Action Month to purchase pork!  This...

Flat Rock Cellars Good Kharma Chardonnay

Flat Rock Cellars has long been a supporter of the OAFB! Throughout the fall, proceeds from their Good Kharma Chardonnay  will once...

2nd Great MPP Food Sort

September 22, 2017 | The OAFB is inviting our member food banks to host their MPP and other local leaders...

Hunger Awareness Week

September 18-22 | Food Banks Canada’s annual event, Hunger Awareness Week, is about raising awareness of the solvable problem of hunger...

Egg Farmers of Ontario Employee Day

September 20, 2017 | Employees will be volunteering at the Kerr Street Mission in Oakville, Ontario during Hunger Awareness Week....