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Learn more about our new produce market, providing support to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Find out more details about how our market works.
Assist us in providing fresh produce to those most in need within our community.
Learn more about who can access our fresh produce market & how to obtain FREE items.
Where and when our market is open and available to the public.
We are proud to offer our community fresh produce at wholesale prices, with a few free food options, varying from week to week.
Please see all of the details below to find out how it works, who can access it, ways that you can help , as well as the time and location.
Each week, we will pick up fresh fruits & vegetables directly from the Ontario Food Terminal (where all of the restaurants and convenience stores get their produce), as well as bread from Cobs Bakery, to distribute at the market.
One fruit, one vegetable, and the bread will be offered for free to all clients... With the type of fruit and vegetable varying from week to week.
All other produce will be sold at wholesale pricing with no profit to the organization, so that the community can get fresh produce at the absolute lowest prices without grocery store markups.
We accept debit, credit & cash. Prices will vary from one week to the next, depending on how much we pay for the produce at the terminal.
Please see below to learn more about our FREE items!
We really on volunteers & donors like you to run our programs. Please see below for the ways you can help.
See more details below...
Visit our 'Volunteer Opportunities' page to register as a volunteer, then you will get an email each time there's a new chance to help.
We need the (3) types of volunteers each week for this event:
1. Drivers to pickup the bread & produce on Friday mornings. (6-8am)
2. Sorters to inventory the produce and set up the market. (flexible times, between 8am-4pm)
3. Servers to help the clients pick out their items & distribute. (3:45pm-6:15pm)
Please click the button below to visit our 'Volunteer Opportunities' page, where you can register to join our mailing list to get notified about all upcoming volunteering availabilities.
Currently our market is accessible to all low-income residents of Toronto with an M postal code.
When you arrive at the market for the first time, you'll be asked to complete our Registration Survey, with your photo ID (driver's license, passport, health card, or Ontario ID card). Then you'll be assigned a number and given an access card that you need to bring each week.
The questions on the Registration Survey will include:
1. First & last name (photo ID required, see above for valid forms of ID)
2. Phone number & Email (to notify you about upcoming supports)
3. Age range (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70+)
4. Postal code (must start with an M)
5. Source of income (OW, ODSP, Pension, Job)
6. Type of housing (house, apt, shelter, unhoused, co-op, seniors building, etc)
7. Number of people in your household
8. Reason for accessing the market? (there are no wrong answers)
All information collected will be retained by Toronto cares, and only unidentifiable information will be shared with outside organizations to help us obtain funding.
1. Each week we will have a limited amount of FREE bread donated by Cobs Bakery.
2. We will also have a minimum of one fruit and one vegetable that will be provided FREE each week.
3. From time to time we will have other free items donated by different businesses that will also be accessible for FREE.
NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED TO ACCESS THE FREE ITEMS!!!
Location: Our Market will be hosted in the British Methodist Episcopal Church, using the entrance on the West side, accessed around the back of the building, through the parking lot.
Address: 1828 Eglinton Ave West (on the Northeast corner of Eglinton and Dufferin)
Hours: Fridays 4:00 pm (starting December 8th, 2023, holiday hours may vary.) We suggest that you arrive no earlier than 1 hour beforehand, and are prepared with your photo ID on the first visit, and your membership card going forward.
Accessibility: there is an elevator to get into the church basement, but it only gives you access to the stage, so there would be four stairs at the bottom of the elevator to access the market floor. (We will do our best to assist clients with climbing the few steps onto the market floor and back up again)
CRA Charitable Number: 736496076RR0001
Dufferin St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada*
*Mailing address: please visit the 'Contact Us' page
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