Food Support Centre


The YFS Food Support Centre is open to any York University or Seneca@York student (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate).


To have food and basic needs available to students of York University who are in a position where they can no longer afford to purchase these items for themselves.


To provide healthy, balanced food choices and to ensure that the food provided can, to whatever extent possible, fit cultural and dietary needs.

What is this service?

The YFS Food Support Centre helps students overcome difficult financial circumstances by providing free non-perishable food and basic need items.

How do I access the service?

You can access the YFS Food Support Centre by becoming a member. Memberships are attained by presenting your YU Card and filling out a membership form, which is held in the strictest of confidence.

From that point on you only need to bring in your membership card (which has no identifying personal information on it to maintain privacy) every time you visit the YFS Food Support Centre.

What is Food Security?

When all people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food produced through environmentally and socially just means.

The very existence of the YFS Food Support Centre means that the York University community is food insecure.

How you can help!

We welcome volunteers as well as donations of money and non-perishable food items throughout the year.

Please contact us at: 416-736-2100 ext. 44861 for more information.


Local Resources

Local Food Banks

The following is a list of local food banks. For more information about general food bank locations check out the Food Bank Map.

Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is striving to eliminate hunger in the community. Amongst thousands of people relying on food banks across Toronto,

Daily Bread Food bank is best known for being the largest food relief in the GTA. Daily Bread serves people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 170 member agencies. For more information click here.

Muslim Welfare Centre of Toronto

Muslim Welfare centre of Toronto strives to provide individuals in need, particularly with food and other sorts of basic necessities. Its mission is to serve humanity as a whole, starting at home within local communities. For more information click here.

North York Harvest Food Bank

North York Harvest Food Bank is an independent, charitable organization in northern Toronto. They have given away around 2 million pounds of food through 60 community programs in 2013.

North York Harvest Food Bank envisions a community where all members are able to have food security. North York Harvest Food Bank supports several other programs listed below:


Community Kitchen promotes the idea of participants dining together and cooking in large quantities to take home meals.


Home delivery hamper programs have delivery services so that individuals are able to have access to food, during a time where they cannot physically access their local food bank.


These programs offer services where service users receive a three-day supply of staple food items for themselves and other members in their households.

For more information contact:

Telephone: 416-635-7771

Fax: 416-635-5599


The Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank (OVFB)

The Ontario Vegetarian Food bank is an organization that carries the goal of leading Ontarians in creating a world that is hunger free. OVFB is compassionate and considerate towards vegetarians and thus aims to provide nutritious food to those who have a low-income. For more information click here.

The Pride of Israel Synagogue

The Pride of Israel Synagogue runs independently and was founded in 1905. The Pride of Israel Synagogue established the Kosher Food Bank in Toronto, aiming to provide food security for those who are in great need.

Telephone: (416) 226-0111

Fax: (416) 226-0128

Address: 59 Lissom Crescent, Toronto, Ontario Canada, M2R 2P2



Baby and Toddler Nutrition (workshops)

FoodShare provides workshops for those who want to feed their toddlers nutritional and healthy daily meals and snacks. To have access to this click here.

Toronto Vegetarian Association

Toronto Vegetarian Association is a non-profit organization that strives to inspire people to choose a healthier lifestyle of eating. Thus, this organization offers several resources that contain plant-based nutrition.

For more information click here or contact TVA at: 416-544-9800 is a free website conducted by Dr. Michael Gregar. It holds the latest information on nutritional foods. The website regularly updates blogs and hosts ‘Question and Answer’ options for you to ask Dr. Gregar your concerning question(s). is an online fact sheet provided by Registered Dieticians working within the Public health. This online fact sheet consists of useful information regarding nutrition topics.

Local Food Options

Karma Food CO-OP

Karma Food CO-OP is a non-profit food co-operative run by its members. Karma Food Coop specializes in organic, non-GMO and fair trade products; the co-op provides organic produce, bulk items, health supplements and much more.

For more information click here.

Toronto’s Farmers’ Market Map

The Toronto Farmers’ Market aims to support sustainable agriculture and the building of healthy communities. Google Maps gives a detailed understanding of the various locations of famers’ markets throughout Toronto or you can visit their website here.

Westend Food CO-OP

Westend Food CO-OP runs as a local cooperative that strives to supply local and sustainable food, particularly to those in west end Toronto.

For more information click here.

Emergency Hunger Relief

FoodLink is a telephone referral that assists people with food programs in their GTA.

To use FoodLink call: 416-332-6655

Low-cost Meals

If you are looking for organizations with free and/or low cost meals, there are several organizations that provide individuals with immediate hunger relief. To find out where to access one, access the Google map for specific hunger relief locations here.




Butter Peas & Lettuce


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 small stalks green garlic, thinly sliced, or 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped-Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen green peas
  • 2 small heads of lettuce (about 6 oz.), washed, cored, and torn into large pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat 2 tablespoon of butter in 12” skillet over medium heat; add garlic, season with salt, and cook, stirring often, until soft but not browned (about 3 minutes).
  • Add peas and cook until bright green and tender (about 4 minutes).
  • Stir in remaining butter, along with lettuce and 1 tablespoon water, season with salt and pepper, and remove from heat. Stir until lettuce is just wilted, about 1 minute.
Green Pea and Mint Pesto Dip


  • 1 (10-ounce) can peas or frozen
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • Add peas, Parmesan, garlic fresh mint, salt, and pepper in a food processor and pulse to combine.
  • With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and serve.
Spicy Shrimp and Kidney Bean Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium celery rib, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 (12 ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (10 ounce) can tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 (10 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 sprig fresh dill
  • 12 ounces medium shrimp - peeled and deveined


  • Warm the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, celery, and green onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender (about 3 minutes)
  • Stir in beans, tomatoes, cream of mushroom soup, and water. Bring to a boil. Stir in dill, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in shrimp, and simmer until shrimp are ready (about 5 minutes)- ready to serve.