211 Ontario – Food


211Ontario.ca provides an extensive list of community and social services from across Ontario related to food. In most communities in Ontario, you can dial 211 to access telephone-based informaton and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 100 languages.

The following kinds of food related services can be found using 211Ontario:

Food banks

Programs that distribute free groceries or vouchers to eligible individuals and families on low incomes. Typically operate one or two days a week, and serve only those residing within the boundaries of specific neighbourhoods.

Free / Low-cost meals

Community programs generally open to all, but focused on individuals who are on low incomes, homeless or unemployed.

Home delivered meals

Programs such as Meals on Wheels that deliver prepared meals to the homes of older adults and people with disabilities unable to prepare their own meals, or whose mobility is limited.

Infant formula / Baby food

Programs that may be able to supply baby supplies, usually in addition to other groceries.

Meals for seniors / people with disabilities

Congregate dining for isolated or frail seniors and older adults with disabilities, with a focus on nutrition and socialization. May offer transportation to and from the site.

School meal programs

Programs that provide free or low-cost meals or snacks to school children.