Emergency Food Cupboard and Foodbank
Access Alliance responds to immediate and urgent food insecurity through internal and external referrals aimed to bolster financial security and improve access to emergency food relief. Clients are:
- connected with foodbanks and low-cost meal programs in their neighbourhoods
- referred to settlement workers to support financial recovery
- referred to dietitians to optimize nutritional intake within their budgets.
While every effort is made to connect clients with available resources, we recognize that accessing emergency food programs is often met with many barriers. Therefore, Access Alliance ensures immediate access to food to clients through our:
Emergency Food Cupboard (EFC)
For clients who have immediate hunger, have no food at home, no money to buy food, and cannot access a foodbank the same day. the EFC food kit provides a nominal 1-2 day supply of food essentials. Emergency food cupboard contents have been assessed by our registered dietitians and reviewed for nutritional value, variety, versatility, shelf-life, availability, cost, and ease of distribution.
Access Alliance collaborates with The Neighbourhood Group and Warden Woods Community Centre to operate a community food bank at Teesdale in West Scarborough. This weekly food bank is open to low-income and food-insecure residents who live in the Teesdale and surrounding neighbourhood. Partner agency staff and local volunteers work together to create opportunities for community members to have dignified access to food and to support strong social connections to local resources. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Daily Bread Food Bank for this program.
Residents can access the food bank on Tuesdays between 2-4 p.m.