Food Bank

The UTSU Food Bank has been running since 2001 and aims to address food insecurity on campus by operating a free, year-round Food Bank open to all University of Toronto students in need of food. This service provides support to single students and students with families.

We aim to provide a food bank that is accessible to students this Fall 2021 in light of COVID-19 in its new home at the Student Commons. Our goal is to ensure that all students using the UTSU Food Bank are treated with respect and that our food distribution is equitable and fair. At times we have limited supplies and will do our best to accommodate students. 

Join the food bank team! We’re currently looking for volunteers to help support our program. Learn more about being a Food Bank Volunteer here.

Objectives:

  • To ensure students have food in their cupboards
  • Protect and maintain student confidentiality and privacy
  • Address hunger as a health and wellness issue
  • Accommodate different dietary and cultural needs (where possible)
  • Provide a safe environment for students and staff in light of COVID-19

When:
12 – 3 p.m. every second Friday by appointment

Where:
Food Bank Room 136 –  Student Commons (230 College St., Huron St. entrance)

What to bring:
Valid T-Card or copy of current timetable and bags for carrying food

Register to Use Service

Food Bank is closed as of December 3 and will reopen in the new year on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 12-3 p.m. You can register for an appointment starting Wednesday, January 12. Any U of T students who are in need of food support can access the food bank service.

Winter 2022 Service Dates:

  • Friday January 14, 2022
  • Friday January 28, 2022
  • Friday February 11, 2022
  • Friday February 25, 2022
  • Friday March 11, 2022
  • Friday March 25, 2022
  • Friday April 8, 2022
  • Friday April 22, 2022

Rules & Guidelines of Service: COVID-19

  • COVID-19 screening via UCheck must be presented to a staff member at the time of appointment by each student client.
  • One student client will be allowed into the food bank room at a time.
  • COVID-19 protocols will be followed while handling and distributing food. 
  • No food substitutions or exchanges will occur in light of COVID-19.

Book your appointment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Following U of T COVID-19 guidelines and building protocols, social distancing, masks mandatory
  • COVID-19 screening via UCheck must be presented to a staff member at the time of appointment by each student client.
  • Arrival no more than 10 minutes before appointment time
  • Touchless service, food is pre-packed (no substitutions or exchanges)
  • Show your T-card or timetable each time
  • Arrival no more than 10 minutes before appointment time
  • Assign a proxy to access the UTSU Food Bank on your behalf. This could be a friend or family member, and they do not have to be a current U of T student. 
  • To do this, you must give your T-Card (or other proof of enrollment) to your proxy to show at the appointment.

In the Fall 2021, the service will run every second Friday (bi-weekly) starting Oct. 8, 2021. Any changes to the service will be updated on this website.

Unfortunately we are not accepting donated food items at this time due to COVID.

  • 211 Ontario has the most complete directory of local food resources including Food Banks and Referrals, Food Delivery, Free/Low Cost Meals and more.
  • Use the UofT Emergency Food Bank

Yes you can! We’re looking for 10 volunteers to join our Food Bank team for the Winter 2022 term. Learn more about being a Food Bank Volunteer here.

Resources

Second Harvest’s Food Consumption Timetable

Did you miss the How to Reduce Food Waste at Home Workshop, presented by Second Harvest? Find the recording of the workshop here!

The UTSU Food Bank thanks our partner member agencies: