In Canada, it has been estimated that the value of edible food that is wasted to landfills is about 27 Billion dollars. This wasteful behaviour is largely due to our expectation of larger portions, confusion about safe consumption, sell-by dates and the lower cost of bulk buying. Over 51% of the waste comes from our homes, 9% comes from the Field, 3% from Transport and Distribution, 8% from Food Service, 18% from Packaging and Processing, and 11% from Retail Stores.
The Food Bank of York Region depends solely on donated food and household consumables. If you have food that you would like to give, for donations under 50 kilograms, please drop it off at our warehouse during office hours. For donations over 50 kilograms, we can arrange to have the donations picked-up. Please click here to fill out our Food Donation Form.
The Food Bank of York Region can help your company save thousands in disposal costs. Don’t throw out that edible food! We can arrange to have the food pick-up on a regular schedule. Donors are protected by Ontario’s Donation of Food Act, 1994. It protects the donor from liability provided that the donation is provided in “good faith”.
We need help creating “mixed groceries” and general help around the warehouse. If you would like to volunteer your time, please click here for our contact form.
For one time cash donations, monthly giving, annual giving or a gift of securities, click the donate now tab or click here.
Donations of publically traded Securities to registered charities are exempt from capital gains tax. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the market value of the publically traded securities. Please call our office for more information.
If you’re considering a long term donation by bequeathing a donation in your will or by making arrangements in your life insurance policy or with a gift of securities, call our office for more information.
If you’re unable to provide funding or volunteer hours, we could use the following items and services to help us provide food for people that require assistance.
Food Grade produce bags (various sizes) 10.5x20, 12x20, 35x50
Food Grade plastic oyster food trays
Food Tray labels
Powder Free Examination Gloves-All sizes