Supports for Community Organizations and Settings

For All Organizations

For Specific Types of Organizations

Food Banks and Donation Centres

Read Toronto Public Health’s Guidance for Food Banks and Donation Centres PDF.

  • Second Harvest's platform is matching food donations from businesses to social service programs in local communities
  • Second Harvest also received funding from the federal government to support emergency food access with grants to local organizations. Those funds have already been exhausted, but Second Harvest encourages non-profits and charities to continue to apply for funding as it builds up new revenue.
  • The City of Toronto is providing requested equipment and resources (e.g., forklift operators trucks and drivers.) to community food programs to help maintain operations and serve residents. 

Harm Reduction Programs


Homelessness Service Setting Providers

In addition to the enhanced Infection, Prevention & Control (IPAC) and cleaning measures in City-owned facilities, Toronto Public Health (TPH) and Shelter Support & Housing Administration (SSHA) have provided sector partners that operate shelters, respites, and drop-ins with interim guidelines PDF to respond to COVID-19. See also the infection prevention and control tips for homelessness service setting providers PDF and learn how Toronto Public Health works with shelters PDF to help control and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The Planning Guide for Housing Service Providers and Shelters PDF identifies issues and critical elements of emergency preparedness that organizations should consider in planning for a pandemic.

Learn about changes to shelter operations.


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