Food Security

Food Security

Growing numbers of people in the GTA cannot afford to eat. The Y is a charity that adapts its programs and services to meet the needs of the community. Through food drives, meal prep programs, and partnerships with our communities, Y supporters are helping address the food insecurity that worsened during the pandemic. Find a YMCA food program near you.

Food Banks

We collect, store, and work with partners to distribute donated food to help fight food insecurity so that everyone in the GTA can find the supports they need to shine bright. Find YMCA food bank locations and hours of operation below.


Serving North York Communities

Operating as an extension of the North York Harvest Food Bank.

North York YMCA location pinned on a map.

The North York YMCA

567 Sheppard Avenue East
North York, ON
M2K 1B2

Food Program Hours of Operation
Wednesdays from 10 am–1 pm

Questions? Call 416-225-9622.


Serving Scarborough Communities

In partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank. Please bring your client ID to the location listed below. If you don’t already have an ID, please visit

Scarborough Tapscott YMCA location pinned on a map.

Scarborough Tapscott YMCA Employment Centre

5637 Finch Avenue East, Suite 5
Scarborough, ON
M1B 5K9

Food Program Hours of Operation
Tuesdays from 1 pm–4 pm

Contact us at 416-335-5490.

A child sadly stares out the window as she's seated in front of an empty plate on the table.

You can help meet urgent needs in your community

From youth who get a fresh start in our shelters, to families who find their next meal at our food banks, your support helps people access the supports and opportunities they need to thrive.

Did you know?

Together with our partners, the Y has provided over 1 million meals to youth who would otherwise go hungry.

Woman with child working on crafts

“On a weekly basis now, I visit two teens living in an apartment in Brampton. You have helped me deliver hope, care, kindness, and compassion to these youth who needed all of those things. So, thank you for the fruit and the bread and the milk. But thank you the most for allowing me to partner with you to make our community stronger.”

  • Vice Principal who uses the Peel Student Nutrition program operating out of a YMCA Child Care centre to bring food to students in need.

Your support helps the Y continue our food security initiatives, from our three permanent food banks to harvesting and distributing fresh food from our farm.