Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank is a volunteer-powered charity that opened in January 2015, and has served over 250,000 meals worth of healthful, Eco-friendly, cruelty-free groceries to people struggling with food insecurity.
Because most of the food at regular food banks is not plant-based, vegans who rely on food banks to put food on the table are unintentionally marginalized in the food bank system and forced to make an impossible decision: Go hungry, or hurt animals.
“We want the food bank system to reflect the city’s diverse diets and needs, Food banks are in place because people are down on their luck. We don’t want them to have to compromise their health, or their ethics, when they are already in such a vulnerable position.”
– Matt Noble, Executive Director
Significantly, over the past five years TVFB has received the support of four different volunteer nutrition advisors who provide pro bono counseling at the food bank – three registered dietitians and a chef/nutrition professor! (link to TVFB team: http://tvfb.ca/our-team/)
TVFB receives no government funding and is made possible by donations from the public.
Every dollar donated is doubled by a generous matching donor and provides 2 meals worth of whole food plant-based groceries to those very much in need.
Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank will be breaking ground on a new project – The Veg Food Bank Farm – in partnership with Piebird Farm Sanctuary in the Summer of 2020.