If you are a student who is struggling to afford groceries, rent, or other necessities, please visit our Financial Support page for more information on the UTSU’s Student Aid Program.
Due to the closure of the Food Bank during COVID-19, funding for the UTSU’s Food Bank has been reallocated to the UTSU Student Aid Program. If you require food support please apply here. (link to emergency bursary application on Student Aid page).
The UTSU is additionally exploring other ways of supporting external food security programming for students during this time. Please check back here periodically for updates.
UTSU Food Bank
The UTSU’s Food Bank aims to help students struggling with food insecurity on campus by operating a free, year-round food bank open to all University of Toronto students.
The Food Bank runs on a no assessment basis and offers a barrier-free service. Students can register for the service any time.
Every Friday 12pm-3pm
(excluding Statutory Holidays and when the UTSU offices are closed in December and March)
Send us an email
How To Participate ?
Registering: You register the first time you use the service each semester. You need to provide either: your valid T-Card (student card), an active ACORN/ROSI account or a copy of your current timetable.
You will be asked to provide demographic information relating to your status (family or single) and the number of adults, children, and seniors in your household. The ages and gender of any children may be asked for use of the Toy Drive that runs in December.
You will also agree to the UTSU Food Bank Code of Conduct – LINK HERE.
Picking up food: Once you’ve registered, you will be signed in each week using your student number.
You could pick up a number starting from 9 am until 12 pm to save your place in line and allow you to be served prior to those who pick up numbers after you. At 12 pm, numbers will be called in sequential order.
If you did not pick up a number, you can drop in anytime from 12 pm to 3 pm but there may be less selection as the day progresses and you will have to wait until all the numbers have been called.
How To Find Other Food Banks
211 Ontario has the most complete directory of local food resources including Food Banks and Referrals, Food Delivery, Free/Low Cost Meals and more.
Have you been to the UTSU Food Bank? Please tell us what you think of the service in this short online survey.
If you wish to volunteer with the UTSU Food Bank, please contact the UTSU Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each volunteer must commit to a recurring 3-hour shift between the hours of 9 AM and 3:30 PM each Friday for the semester. New volunteers are accepted at the beginning of each semester.
Each UTSU Food Bank volunteer will receive Co-Curricular Record recognition, a certificate of completion, a letter of reference and a volunteer gift at the end of the semester.