A bit about us

We'd like to tell you a bit about ourselves, and what we're doing to uplift those in need in Toronto.

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A simple beginning

The People’s Pantry was founded by predominately WQTBPOC folx, graduate students at UofT and YorkU, and community organizers. We started as a series of Facebook posts offering to provide free homecooked meals to people in need in CareMongeringTO and other CareMongering groups across the GTA.

From a small beginning of 6 people, we've grown to a team of hundreds of volunteers. Together with our Sister Initiative we have collectively delivered tens of thousands of meals and grocery care packages to food-insecure families in Toronto, the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area, and beyond.

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Our mission

We believe that food justice is social justice.

We provide food free of charge, no questions asked, no fixed address required, because everyone deserves access to high quality, culturally appropriate, and nutritional food.

We focus on particularly hard-hit communities, including QTBIPOC, single parents, sex workers, precariously housed persons, those with medical conditions or disabilities, newly-arrived immigrants, and the elderly.

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Someone asks for support

Every week we open our website form where those in need can request meals for themselves and their families.

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Home chefs prepare meals

Our team of volunteer chefs prepare home cooked meals to feed those in need and meet their dietary requirements.

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Meals are delivered

Finally, our team of volunteer deliverers bring these meals directly to those in need and drop them off in a safe and secure manner.

Testimonial from Crystal: The work at TPP is centred on showing solidarity with our community and combatting food insecurity, a concern that has become even more pressing with the ongoing pandemic. Please consider donating, or volunteering with one of our teams to support the Pantry and join our mission! Testimonial from Jan: For the past several months, I was involved with coordinating grocery care packages and currently am assisting with developing a community cookbook filled with delicious and affordable recipes created by our volunteers. VOlunteering with the People's Pantry Toronto has been one of the most inspiring and fulfilling experiences, and I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with such an inclusive and diverse organization! If you are looking for ways to help our mission, please consider donating or volunteering with us, and spreading awareness on food security! Testimonial from Liz: I volunteer with the People's Pantry to use the resources that I have to support the people in my community. I know that if I needed it, the People's Pantry would be there for me too. Testimonial from Wanyi: THe pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in our communities, and volunteering with TPP is the direct way to help people in need. We help because we care. Come join or donate today so we can secure our communities and deal with the crisis together.

“If someone asks for food, it’s because they need it.”

Yann Gracia, Co-Founder