Together, we're feeding change.
Ontario Association of Food Banks
Because of you, this year we…
Thank you for feeding change with us
Last year the Ontario Association of Food Banks marked 25 years of feeding change in Ontario. While we've evolved to meet the changing needs of our food banks and the people we serve, our vision of a hunger-free Ontario remains.
We’ve continued our focus on healthy food, with over 60% of the of the 5 million pounds we distributed this year being perishable food like protein, produce, and dairy products.
And what's more, we're not just providing food to people in need - we’re also feeding hearts and minds. As the leader in province-wide research on hunger and food bank use, we are helping to change the perception of hunger and build long-term solutions to poverty.
When you support the OAFB, you become part of our network of change-makers. That's why the the achievements in this report aren’t just our achievements, they’re your achievements, too.
We cannot thank you enough for all you've helped us to accomplish in 2017-18 and look forward to our continued work together in the fight against hunger.
Carolyn Stewart, Executive Director
Ontario Association of Food Banks
What do we do?
Provide Food Across Ontario
We distribute millions of meals every year through our FeedON network to nearly half a million people in need in Ontario.
Create Local Opportunities
We provide food banks with food, resources, and solutions to address both short and long-term food insecurity.
Conduct Province-Wide Research
We conduct research and analysis on food bank use, trends and the inter-connected challenges of poverty and hunger.
We connect local food banks. Working together, we can feed more Ontarians, more effectively.
Raymond has a number of food allergies, so he can’t eat many of the cheaper, heavily-processed foods available in grocery stores. That’s where the food bank has made a huge difference. "Receiving milk and fresh vegetables [from the food bank] allows me to buy more fresh vegetables...some of them are expensive but they make such a difference in what you’re cooking, so they’re worthwhile to me to buy them. That way I can afford to, I’m not going without."
You’re feeding change through nutrition
Your support provides people in need with nutritious food. In 2017-18, you helped us increase the amount of fresh and frozen food to over 63% of the total amount of food distributed! This included fresh meat, eggs, dairy, fruit, and vegetables and equates to millions of healthy meals! By improving access to healthy food, we are helping to prevent disease and give people the energy and vitality they need to not only survive, but succeed.
You're providing more fresh food
Last Year (60%)
This Year (63%)
You're delivering millions of healthy meals
Household Items (2%)
You’re making Ontario stronger
Protein is essential for a healthy diet, and that is why it is consistently one of the most-requested items by our food banks. Thanks to the support of our Fresh Food Program partners, we're able to provide a variety of healthy sources of protein that food banks might not otherwise be able to access.
Learn more about their incredible work and support below!
In addition to their contributions through the Ontario Milk Program, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario are donating $150,000 over five years to the Ontario Association of Food Banks for the purchase of milk and dairy products for Ontario families in need. Dairy Farmers of Ontario has partnered with Gay Lea Foods, who will provide products at-cost over the next five years, to maximize this generous gift.
“I appreciate being a farmer and the fact that I feed people. As such I am pleased to be able to donate and give back to the community to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the chickens I produce.”
You’re feeding change across Ontario
Your support connects 130 communities in every corner of the province. This year, through the Ontario Association of Food Banks' FeedON program, we were able to distribute over 5 million pounds of food across Ontario into the hands of those who need it most. That's the equivalent of 4.5 million meals! This was only possible because of you.
Here’s how the FeedON network connects communities:
You’re helping people in every corner of the province
From Windsor to Ottawa, Thunder Bay to Niagara Falls, and all the big cities and tiny towns in between, there are people living with hunger. We send out food through the FeedON network to our member food banks across the province to help ensure that people in need all across this province have access to fresh, healthy food.
Explore our map of food banks here:
"We feel we make a difference in helping food to get to families that are in need through our partnership with the Ontario Association of Food Banks. We also like to do what we can to ensure less and less food makes it to a landfill. So with this partnership we feel we strive our best at doing this."
You’re feeding change on a local level
Your support helps to provide local programs that meet the diverse needs of the communities we serve. These programs provide communities with resources and support to address their unique challenges and provide fresh food to the different people they serve.
This year alone, we provided $195,000 in support to local food banks and programs to improve access to fresh, healthy food.
“We made twice-baked potatoes in our Rural Kids kids cooking class and the kids were so eager to take some home. The next week they said, ‘we made that for our parents!’ It’s working!.”
“I learned knife safety and little, healthy meals I can cook at home instead of packaged food. After this I was able to cook by myself and make meals.”
You’re feeding hearts and minds
“I wanted to donate to an organization that would direct funds where it was most needed in Ontario, and to support and address capacity building and food sustainability throughout the province. The Ontario Association of Food Banks does that.”
How we’re feeding the future
In 2018-19 we begin a new, three-year strategic plan to ensure your support feeds lasting change in Ontario. We’ve set ambitious nutrition targets, are focusing on building up food bank capacity, and will increase research and education to create long-term solutions to hunger.
We hope you’ll join us again on this journey, because together, we can end hunger.
Food targets by weight (pounds), 2017-18 to 2020-21
"We are honoured to be able to partner with OAFB again and help by donating over 150,000 meals this year. The Sub of the Day program continues to grow and with its success, it is reassuring to know that we are also able to help in these efforts to provide meals so that no one goes hungry. I have personally attended an OAFB facility and seen the great work that is done there and the continued work that we will do in the future with OAFB."
We’re making your dollar go further
96¢is spent on programs & services, including food transportation, grants, training, and support
3 mealsis provided to people in need
Food & Distribution