Feed Ontario

Impact Report

Together in 2019-20 we...

Delivered over
meals to food banks across Ontario

people across Ontario put food on the table

visits to a food bank in Ontario

organizations fighting hunger in our communities

in innovative local programs and the network

Sent over
postcards advocating for changes to social assistance

Delivering more impact to communities in need

A Message from Our Executive Director

"When I think of the past year, the word that comes to mind is “more.” "

The [Feed Ontario program support] brought joy and nutrition to my children’s lives during hard times. Because of this program we were able to provide our kids with a feeling of familiarity that was healthy too!
Rural Kids Participant, Grimsby

Who We Are

A united team against hunger

From securing fresh and healthy food sources, to driving change through policy research and innovative programming, Feed Ontario unites food banks, industry partners, and local communities in our work to end hunger and poverty.

How we feed Ontario

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Our FeedON network provides adults, children, and seniors with nutritious food throughout the year, including: dairy, protein, and produce. Through the support of our partners, we distribute the equivalent of 4.7 million meals annually.

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Feed Possibility

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We Feed Possibility by providing food banks with resources to grow their capacity to distribute fresh food, to collaborate and develop best practices that drive change, and to develop innovative programming for people facing hunger in their communities.

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Feed Change

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We Feed Change by researching the root-causes of food insecurity, raising awareness of hunger in our province, and advocating on behalf of evidence-based solutions. It is only through our collective action that we will end hunger and poverty in Ontario.

“The dedicated team at Feed Ontario has made it so easy for us to leverage our buying power and food industry relationships while making donations. We’re fortunate to be in the position to make donations and watching these donations go directly to those in need brings us a great deal of joy.”
Joe and Margot Crump, The Crump Group Inc

FeedON: Distributing More Healthy Food

With your crucial support, our FeedON network provides adults, seniors, and children across Ontario with nutritious food throughout the year.

More nutritious food

With the support of our generous food, financial, and transportation partners, in 2019-20 Feed Ontario distributed more than 5.6 million pounds of food, serving 522,000 Ontarians facing hunger. That equates to 4.7 million meals and is 400,000 more meals than in 2018-19!

This year we continued to strengthen our commitment to fresh, nutritious food, by sourcing quality items that support a balanced diet for people visiting food banks. More than 76% of the food we distributed was fresh or frozen, a growth of 8% over the previous year. This included meat, eggs, dairy, fruit, and vegetables!

Fresh Food

Food Distributed by Category

  • 2019-20 (76%)

  • 2018-19 (68%)

  • 2017-18 (63%)

  • 2016-17 (60%)

  • Protein (16%)

  • Produce (7%)

  • Pantry (25%)

  • Prepared (10%)

  • Dairy (41%)

  • Household Items (1%)

Fresh Food Programs that support local farmers

Protein is essential for a healthy diet and one of the most-needed items for our food banks. In partnership with Ontario’s agriculture sector, we were able to expand our fresh food programs in 2019-20 and provide even more local, fresh protein and dairy options to people facing hunger while also supporting Ontario’s farmers.


servings of chicken

Thank You

Made Possible By

Chicken Farmers of Ontario

and Maple Lodge Farms

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servings of milk

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Made Possible By

Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Ontario Milk Transport Association and Dairy Council

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servings of beef

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Made Possible By

Beef Farmers of Ontario

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servings of pork

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Made Possible By

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servings of eggs

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Made Possible By

Egg Farmers of Ontario
Burnbrae Farms and Gray Ridge Eggs

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How FeedON Works

Moving food across the province is not an easy feat. However, with the collective effort of our network of partners, volunteers, and organizations we are able to move more than 5 million pounds of nutritious food to all corners of the province throughout the year.


Food (including much-needed milk, eggs, meat, and produce) is donated to Feed Ontario by one of our many partners.


Food offers are sent to Feed Ontario food banks via our Smarter Needs Allocation Program (SNAP). Food banks request what is needed for their community.


With the help of Feed Ontario’s transportation partners, donated food is transported to food banks in every corner of the province.


Feed Ontario food banks in 128 communities across Ontario receive the donated food to share through their food banks, meal programs, and partner organizations.



Dedicated staff and volunteers at over 1,200 hunger-relief organizations share the donated food with 522,000 people facing hunger, who make over 3.2 million visits annually.

Serving communities across Ontario

With 128 direct member food banks and 1,100 affiliate hunger-relief agencies, your support of Feed Ontario ensures that people facing hunger in every corner of our vast province have access to good food.

From Thunder Bay to Toronto, Windsor to Ottawa, and large and small towns in between, together, we feed Ontario.

"METRO is committed to the communities we serve across Ontario and Québec. We were proud to answer the call of our long-time partner and be in a position to help Feed Ontario. METRO remains committed to onboard Metro and Food Basics stores in Ontario to our One More Bite food recovery program."
Metro Ontario

Feed Possibility: Providing More Community Support

With your incredible support, we help food banks feed possibility by investing in innovative programming for people facing hunger in their communities.

Food Rescue and Transformation Programs

In 2019-20 Feed Ontario launched a brand new food transformation program, Farm to Food, in partnership with our member food bank in Windsor, the Unemployed Help Centre. Farm to Food rescues excess vegetables from farms and turns them into nutritious meals for people facing hunger.

  • 30 Farming and Food Producer Partnerships
  • 241,300 lbs of food rescued and transformed
  • 51 food banks received healthy soup*
  • 139,150 lbs of healthy soup distributed across Ontario*
*Not including soup distributed locally in Windsor by the Unemployed Help Centre

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Community Programs

Rural Kids

The Rural Kids Program provides rural food banks in Ontario with funding to support the children they serve with community-specific programs, such as breakfast clubs, snack packs, or kids cooking classes.

  • 23 food banks participated
  • 227,000 meals and snacks served
  • 15,096 kids in rural communities served

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Feed Ontario Together – Inaugural Symposium

In June 2019, Feed Ontario held its first provincial Symposium – an innovative one day event drawing on the power of working together to unite food banks and industry partners in the development of long-term solutions to hunger. The event engaged food banks from across Ontario in creative sessions to solve complex problems, including:

  • Open Space Technology to address issues of network capacity and the future of food banking in our province
  • Table Topics enabling food bank leaders to share with their counterparts from across Ontario about similar challenges and solutions
  • Workshops on engaging clients in the election process, partnering with grocery stores to rescue food, and operational support

Thank you to our sponsors!

“[Membership with Feed Ontario] allows us to have access to resources that many others don’t… We want to thank Feed Ontario for all they do to support us right here in Burlington, and all of our clients, because that’s who they truly care about… those who need help.”
Robin Bailey, Burlington Food Bank

Feed Change: Developing More Hunger Solutions

With your amazing support, we help feed change through research and public education, and by advocating on behalf of evidence-based solutions to hunger and poverty.

In the summer of 2019, in partnership with the Fleming College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, Feed Ontario released an interactive hunger map that allows users to compare food bank use by provincial electoral riding across the province. The map examines data between January 1st – December 31st 2018, including visit frequency, mean and median income, and housing. Findings from this study included:

  • Hunger and food bank use exists in every provincial riding in Ontario
  • Someone visits a food bank in Ontario every 10 seconds
  • The ridings with the highest food bank use per capita were Ottawa-Vanier, Hamilton-Centre, and Thunder Bay-Atikokan

"As a transportation company with locations across the province, we're proud to help Feed Ontario battle food insecurity. Our drivers and dispatchers are always happy to help using their skills and equipment when we haul food between donors and food banks."


Feeding the Future: Responding to COVID-19

In the final weeks of our 2019-20 year, the Province of Ontario declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Feed Ontario took action through our new COVID-19 Emergency Food Box Program, developed in partnership with local food banks and Food Banks Canada, and made possible by generous contributions from the Government of Ontario, and many caring individuals and organizations.

The program created pre-packed emergency food boxes with a week’s worth of food in one centralized location for food banks across the province. This provided a single solution to help ensure that food banks remained well stocked while supporting labour shortages and physical distancing measures. The program goal was to create and distribute 450,000 emergency food boxes in 2020.

Operation Community Regeneration

Over the next year we will focus on Operation Community Regeneration to help ensure Ontario’s food banks have the resources they need to continue to help our province recover from this pandemic and thrive. With the support of partners like you, together we will:

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FeedON: Replenish

In partnership with the food industry, we will replenish food bank supplies by growing Feed Ontario’s existing fresh food donation programs; launching our new Full Shelves Program to provide food banks with more food staples and PPEs; and investing in new food production lines exclusively for Ontario’s food bank network. These programs will leverage our extensive distribution network to ensure food bank shelves in every corner of the province remain full.

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Feed Possibility: Renew

Building on food banks’ agility, we will invest in resources to help renew communities and food banks, including developing best practices in partnership with Public Health, training courses, tools for physically distant food delivery, resources to transition to virtual operations where possible, and mental health supports.

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Feed Change: Strengthen Resilience

By working in partnership with government and communities, we will strengthen our collective resilience through data-driven, evidence-based solutions and policies that provide lasting support to our province’s most vulnerable and ensure that communities are prepared for the future.

"[I donated to Feed Ontario because] I struggle to make sure that I have enough food to eat. I don't want others to experience that."
Individual Donor

Working together, each dollar goes further

Thank you to all of the incredible people and organizations who give their time, products, services, and financial support to Feed Ontario. You make feeding Ontario possible!
For every


is spent on programs & services, including food, transportation, grants, training, and support
The equivalent of

3 meals

is provided to people in need
Sources of Revenue
  • Gift-In-Kind (88%)

  • Donations & Grants (6%)

  • National Partnerships (3%)

  • Membership Dues & Events (2%)

  • Interest (0.1%)

  • Food & Distribution (90%)

  • Member Services (9%)

  • Administration (5%)

This financial summary is taken from our 2019-20 Audited Financial Statements. You can view the full statements here.
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Our partners in feeding change

Our Network of Hunger Fighters

Our network is fueled by many extraordinary professionals and volunteers that are committed to a healthier future for all Ontarians. Each day, these passionate individuals deliver innovative solutions to address hunger in their communities.

Thank you for joining with us to feed Ontario and help build a healthier province!
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