COVID-19 Response Program

COVID-19 Response Project

St. James Town is among the neighbourhoods hardest hit by the COVID-19 in Toronto’s downtown core. This has exacerbated food insecurity in the neighbourhood from by job loss, income loss, mandated isolation, and other factors. The Canadian Red Cross has awarded the St. James Town community Co-op a project grant to provide emergency response to combat this growing food insecurity.

Project Goals: 

  • To supply free healthy and culturally-appropriate groceries to food-insecure St. James Town residents
  • To supply prepared meals to residents
  • To provide food-based educational workshops and resources to increase pandemic emergency food preparedness in the neighbourhood
  • To step towards creating a more food secure neighbourhood


COVID-19 Food Security Survey:

To understand how COVID-19 has impacted the food needs of our community, and to best meet these needs, we have created the following survey. It should take about 5-10 minutes, and you will be entered to win 1 of 4 $25 Fresh Co gift cards.

Complete the survey here.

Project Plan

  • Provide grocery boxes at no-cost to families and individuals on bi-weekly basisIdentify 30-50 families in need of consistent food support
    • Identify 30-50 individuals facing barriers to accessing food
    • Provide an additional 50-60 individuals grocery boxes at an at-need basis through Google form or phone call sign-up
  • Provide prepared meals to individuals and families expressing need
  • Facilitate 3 food-based online workshops
  • Facilitate 6 events, online and in-person where appropriate

Grocery Distribution Schedule

Distribution Day 1: Friday December 11th, 2020

Distribution Day 2: Tuesday December 22nd, 2020

Distribution Day3: Friday January 8th, 2021

Distribution Day 4: Friday January 22nd, 2021

Distribution Day 5: Friday February 5th, 2021

Distribution Day 6: Friday February 19th, 2021

*Event dates and times will be added here as they are confirmed


Enrol in program as reoccurring family or individual (limited space): here.

Sign-up for one-time grocery or meal delivery, no questions asked: here.

Sign-up to volunteer: here.

Donate: here.


As always, we are open to questions, queries, and input of any kind. Do not hesitate to send us an email at

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