The Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank’s (OVFB) mission is to engage, inspire and lead Ontarians in creating a hunger free world. We understand that people turn to vegetarianism for many reasons, be it spiritual, health, environmental or ethical. Our aim is to provide not only nutritious food to low income vegetarians but also support and hope.
Our Proud Partners:
In Loving Memory of Malan Joseph
We would like to thank all of you for the support you have given us over the last 5 years as we have provided healthy and nutritious food to low income vegetarians and vegans. The Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank (OVFB) was the creation of Mr. Malan Joseph who sought to meet this very important need in the community and made the OVFB a reality.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Malan Joseph the founder of the OVFB passed away on May 26th, 2013. His death is a great loss to us at the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank but also to the community at large for along with this food bank, Malan was a well respected community worker, educator and advocate.
But the most important thing that Malan Joseph did was show us that with the right attitude and hard work, anything is possible and the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank is a reflection of Malan’s determination.
We would like to inform you that the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank will be closed until June 15th, 2013 as we take time to grieve this loss. But we are indeed looking forward to serving you in the very near future. If you would like to leave a message of condolence, please call: 416-554-5040
We would like to take this opportunity to make a very important announcement.
We hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer weather and we would like to thank you for the support you have given to us over the last several weeks. As we are in the midst of transitioning and planning we would like to inform you that the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank will be reopening in September 2013.
If you have any questions or if you would like more information, please call: 416-554-5040.
The Staff and Volunteers of the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank
The OVFB distributes food at the following locations/times:
Universal Community Help
2400 Finch Avenue West, Unit 10
North York, ON M9M 2C8
Saturdays 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank
2370 Midland Avenue, Unit B5
Scarborough, ON M1S 5C6
Saturdays 3:30PM - 5:30PM
The only vegetarian food bank in town and they need your help
Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank (OVFB) is a 100% volunteer run non-profit organization that serves two locations in Toronto. The OVFB was established on Mother’s Day 2008. “What a better day to start a food bank, mother’s are all about food,” states Malan Joseph, the Executive Director of OVFB.
Malan Joseph’s vision began when he was running a community program at a local temple that his wife visits. A Roman Catholic by religious association, Malan wanted to channel the food donations the temple receives to those in need. It is while doing this that he realised that there are so many more who need the food. Along, with others who shared his passion, Malan was able to start and run OVFB successfully. Today, the vegetarian food bank serves over 1000 clients in the community. [Read More]
OVFB Newsletter: Feb 2012
We would like to wish all of our friends, supporters, donors and community partners a safe and happy Family Day on February 18th, 2013. We hope that everyone will enjoy this wonderful time to celebrate the love of family and friends and the beauty that comes this time of year when we slowly make the transition from winter to spring.
We would also like to take this opportunity to tell you that the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank will be serving a vegetarian hot lunch at our 2370 Midland Avenue location on the following dates: Saturday February 23rd, Saturday March 2nd and Saturday March 16th.
Our heartfelt thanks go to the special volunteers who have made this hot lunch program possible through their generous donations.
If you would like more information, wish to register, or would like to sponsor a hot lunch please call the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank at: 416-744-HELP or 416-554-5040
And finally, we would also like to give our warmest greetings to our friends who are celebrating the Lunar New Year. May the year of the Water Snake be prosperous!
OVFB Newsletter: April 2011
Spring has gotten off to a rousing start here at the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank. First of all, we would like to wish a Happy Spring to all of you along with a Happy Naw-Ruz to our Persian friends and a Happy Holi to all of our supporters in the Hindu community as well. Indeed, spring has sprung--but don’t put away the parka and boots just yet!
Speaking of spring, the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank has kicked off its “Fill the Fridge Spring Food Drive”. The “Fill the Fridge Spring Food Drive” began on March 21st and will continue until June 21st. This is a critical time of year for us because this is when we receive many new clients who need assistance. In fact, according to a recent report from the Ontario Association of Food Banks, 402,000 Ontarians rely on food banks so we continue to need your support. If you would like to make a donation, please check out our donation page for more details. [Read More]
Fill the Fridge 2011
Starting on March 12th to June 21st, the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank is launching its annual “Fill the Fridge” food and fund raising campaign. The March Break is the busiest time of year when the need for food is greatest. When the kids are at home, the fridge is always open.
So we’re asking all of you to please donate to the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank to help our clients fill their fridges! Last year we had over 40 students who donated their time and energy by organizing food drives, fundraising and helping us distribute food to our clients. In fact, many of the students had so much fun last year, they are coming back this year for another round of laughs and learning about vegetarianism and food issues. [Read More]
"I love mandarin oranges. I did not get a chance to eat them. For more than three months, my mom couldn't afford to buy them. I am now getting it from the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank every Saturday. I love the Vegetarian Food Bank!!!" - Claudia Grade 3
"We love to eat tomatoes, but when you look at the price, we say next time. Next time never came until I visited the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank. Now every Saturday, I go to the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank to pickup vegetables." - Pirapa Pathmini