Who We Are

The Food Bank of York Region (FBYR) is a registered Canadian charity committed to providing hunger-relief to people experiencing food insecurity. Our services are centred on the collection and distribution of food to a network of 60+ agencies, including local food banks and pantries, shelters, and non-profit housing cooperatives, as well as our mobile food bank services.

Our Mission

Our mission is to alleviate food insecurity and hunger in York Region by providing a nexus between the abundance of healthy surplus food and the non-profit organizations that provide food services to at-risk residents.

Our Solution

FBYR works to ensure access to healthy food options through our mobile food bank program and our community partner network. We have expansive refrigeration capacity to collect and deliver large donations of fresh and frozen foods.

Meet Our Staff

Alex Bilotta

Founder and CEO
alex@fbyr.ca
Tel: 437-317-3684

Sarah Smith

Communications & Community Relations Programs Manager
communications@fbyr.caTel: 289-809-1700

Christina Hall

Administration & Social Media Assistant
admin@fbyr.caTel: 437-317-3701

Ruth Beckett

Warehouse Coordintor

Clay Cudmore

Logistics and Warehouse Manager

Our Story

In September of 2011, a new bakery in Aurora, Ontario required a charity to pick-up and distribute their “end of day inventory” to the hungry. Our directors accepted the daily challenge. After one week 15 agencies in York Region signed on, and a food program was born. Since that time, our program has continued to grow as the need in our community also grown.

In 2018, the Ontario Trillium Foundation provided funding for the purchase of our first refrigerated cargo van, walk-in combination chiller/freezer, and the leasing of a warehouse. The Food Bank of York Region currently serves community food pantries, social service agencies and social housing in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Whitchurch/Stouffville, King, Aurora, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury and Georgina.

With faith and perseverance, we will continue to grow our capacity until there is no more hunger in York Region.

Our Affiliations

Proud Members of Feed Ontario

Feed Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Food Banks) is a network of 130 direct member food banks and over 1,100 affiliate hunger relief agencies. 

Affiliate Member of Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada supports a network of provincial associations, affiliate food banks, and food agencies that work at the community level to relieve hunger.

Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbours
Supported by Regional
Municipality of York
Member of
Feed Ontario
Affiliate member
of Food Banks Canada
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