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FYFB Drop In Centre

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Food Programs · Information & Support · Community Vitality · Drop In Centre


FYFB's Community Drop-In Centre provides clients with a range of vital community services in a safe and friendly environment. From our Community Kitchen, which provides clients with nutritious and tasty meals, to internet access in our Computer Resource Centre, FYFB welcomes low-income individuals and families to be a part of a supportive community of friends who share a commitment to helping people get the resources they need to get on track.

The profile of people relying on our Drop-In Centre is one of individuals and families living in extreme poverty in the Westside of downtown Toronto. This diverse group of people is comprised of various family sizes and ethno-cultural communities who survive on an average of less than $4 per day after paying for their occupancy expenses. The vast majority of our clients are recently unemployed or underemployed. The integrated services provided by FYFB allow our clients to reintegrate with our community.

Key programs within the Drop-In Centre include:

Community Kitchen - through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and generous food donors, FYFB provide clients with nutritious meals five days a week. During the summer, we use organic produce grown by FYFB volunteers at our community garden at Scadding Court.

Computer Resource Centre - FYFB provides computer and internet access to enable clients to keep in touch with family and friends from around the world, access social programs, conduct job searches and apply for jobs online.

Clothing & Books Program - our second-hand clothing and books program enables clients to access additional necessities when they visit FYFB. Our clients appreciate the one-stop service as travelling within the city can be expensive for them.

Local Telephone Calls - as many clients do not have the financial resources to own a telephone, the use of a telephone at FYFB is important to help people connect with social programs, housing and employers.

Community Resources Information Centre - through bulletin boards and brochure racks, FYFB provides a diverse range of community resource information to help people connect with programs that can help them find housing, support programs and jobs.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday 10:00 - 3:00
Thursday 10:00 - 3:00
Friday 10:00 - 3:00
Saturday 10:00 - 3:00

Meals are served from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.


"The staff and volunteers at Fort York are respectful"
~ Zhenni



"Most of my income goes towards rent, which leaves little money for other expenses. The free meals at Fort York help me financially."
~ John



"Amina was so helpful in telling us about the FYFB and the work she does there. She really inspired us. The community kitchen was awesome to see and to learn about! Seeing your clients was a real wake-up call for my daughter - it upset her, in a good way. My hope is that she will develop her commitment to social justice. Thank you again - I made a modest donation through Canadhelps.org to support your work".
~ anonymous



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Resources and Publications

Typical Food Hamper example (*.pdf format)

FYFB - One page takeaway (*.pdf format)

Services Diagram

photography courtesy of Claire Del Net www.clairedelnet.com.


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