Hunger Action Month

Help us work towards a hunger-free Ontario this September!

Hunger Action Month is generously sponsored by:

#FEEDTHECHANGE

We are inviting Ontarians to help address hunger 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 monthly 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.  

   

Join Our Campaign To Increase Affordable Housing!

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

This is why increasing access to affordable housing is a priority of the Ontario Association of Food Banks.

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

  1. Find your riding on the Elections Ontario website by entering your postal code or address.
  2. Once you find your riding, look up your MPP’s contact information on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s website.
  3. Reach out to your MPP by calling, emailing, writing or contacting them on social media and tell them that affordable housing is important to you – use the hashtag #HungerActionMonth so we can boost it!  You can also pick up one of our postcards at your local food bank or download and print it off our website onto cardstock.
  4. Beyond your MPP, consider also reaching out to Premier Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne), PC Leader Patrick Brown (@BrownBarrie), NDP Leader Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) and Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy Peter Milczyn (@PeterMilczyn)

Events

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....

25 Years of Changing Lives Gallery

The OAFB is marking the 25th anniversary of its founding this year.  Over the past 25 years, food banks have made incredible strides to become centers of innovative hunger-relief programming and advocacy while remaining true to their core mission of providing emergency food support.  

For our anniversary, clients, volunteers and staff in our food bank network shared with us how food banks have impacted their lives, and we are proud to share these stories with you.  We will be revealing a story a day throughout Hunger Action Month, so please watch this space or follow along on social media.