Resources for Families in Need

Emergency Resources

Residents who need to access, or are seeking information on, social and community supports and services, should call 211 for non-emergency requests and information.

211 is a 24/7 help line and web service that connects residents to social and community services.

U of T Food Bank

Contact: Terri Nikolaevsky (
Tel: 416-978-4911 ext. 224

The U of T Food Bank is available in the Student Commons Building, 230 College Street, entrance off of Huron Street. It runs 12-3:00 pm every other Friday. Students must make an appointment online two days prior and check other details at

Additional resources can be found: 

Salvation Army

Tel: 416-304-1982
72 River Street Emergency food bank.
Proof of need and ID required. Phone in advance; private appointments provided. Showers and washing machines available.

519 Church Street Community Centre

Tel: 416-392-6874
Drop-in lunch and supper on Sundays.
Clothing bank open on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm. Family Resource Centre offers a wide variety of support services for caregivers and children, including clothing exchange (Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm). Proof of need and ID NOT required.

Scott Mission

Tel: 416-923-8872 (men)
Tel: 416-923-3916 (women and families)
502 Spadina Avenue Clothing and food bank available.
Proof of need and ID required. Phone in advance; private appointments provided. Specialized services for women and families.

Cecil Street Community Centre

Tel: 416-392-1090
58 Cecil Street Community
Kitchen, cooking and crafts for women and children. Clothing available; toy library.

St. Stephen’s Community House

Tel: 416-964-8747
370 College Street (College and Brunswick)
Drop-in breakfast and lunch. Many additional services; call for further details.

Daily Bread Food Bank

Tel: 416-203-0500
Call for location nearest you.
Proof of address, income and ID often required.

Fort York Food Bank

Tel: 416-203-3011
380 College St (College and Borden)

Other Resources For Families in Need

Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada

Credit Counselling Service of Toronto (Credit Canada)

Credit Counselling Society

Dental Services, Toronto Public Health

Goodwill Toronto

Housing Connections

Law Society of Ontario

Ontario Legal Aid

Social Assistance

Toronto Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth