Join the fight to end hunger with a donation to The Food Bank of York Region through CBC Sounds of the Season.

Food bank use is at crisis levels. Your donation will ensure families experiencing hunger can access the nutritious food they need.

Since 2002, CBC Sounds of the Season has raised over $9 million in support of GTA and Ontario food banks.

Financial Gift

Make a Financial Gift

Online: Click here to donate online.

By phone: Call our operators at 1-855-700-SOTS  (1-855-700-7687)

The SOTS Donation Hotline will be staffed on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., except for December 1, 2 and 17 when phone lines will be open during special programming hours:

Thursday, December 1: Here and Now – 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 2: Metro Morning – 5:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 17: 10:00 am – 2:30 p.m.

If they are unable to answer your call, please leave a message and a member of their team will get back to you as quickly as possible.

School Challenge

CBC Toronto Sounds of the Season School Challenge

Join the fight to end hunger and help provide emergency food access to families in your community this holiday season.

The GTA school that collects the most non-perishable food by December 22 (proportional to its student population) will win a pizza lunch for the entire school courtesy of Pizza Pizza AND an assembly visit from a CBC VIP Guest.

How to Participate

  • Register your school food drive in support of your local food bank by clicking on one of the links below.
  • Download resources to support your drive, including your local food bank’s list of ‘most needed items, as well as a toolkit with ideas on how to engage your school community.
  • Check below to see if your local food bank offers donation pick-ups or invite volunteers from your Parent Council or school community to deliver your donations to your local food bank by December 22. All food donations must be received by 3:00 pm EST on December 22, 2022, to qualify.
  • The winning school will be announced by the CBC the week of January 9, 2023.
  • Click here to register with The Food Bank of York Region.

Community Champion

Raise your hand to become a Sounds of the Season Community Champion

Rally your neighbours and run a food drive on your street, your block, in your building, or across your entire neighbourhood.

The first 100 CBC Listeners who register their food drive and drop off their food on or by December 17 will receive a CBC Sounds of the Season toque as thanks. * Learn more below.

Register Your Food Drive.

Click here to register for a food drive in support of The Food Bank of York Region.

Download Resources.

Once you’ve registered, you will have access to our ‘Most Needed Items’ list and a customizable flyer you can share with your neighbours to let them know about your food drive.

Click here to download the Community Champion Toolkit. (PDF|2.6MB)

Plan Your Food Drive.

Figure out the scale of your drive. Will you canvass your street, the block, your building, or will you work with a group of friends to invite your entire neighbourhood to donate? Determine the timing for your food drive and fill in the flyer with details. Will you pick up donations from neighbours, or will you ask them to drop them off to you?

Deliver Your Donations.

Your food drive registration confirmation email will outline the ways you can get your food to your local food bank.

*The first 100 CBC listeners who post a selfie with their food on social media using the hashtags #CBCGives and #FoodBankYR – OR email their selfie to by 5:00 p.m. December 17, 2022, will receive a SOTS toque as thanks for their efforts.

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