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Food Bank of York Region joins community partners to offer home food delivery

Local food pantries have adapted their business models to provide home food delivery during COVID-19
May 12, 2020
Aileen Zangouei

The Food Bank of York Region is joining the network of community food pantries in providing home food delivery service to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the FBYR, they have seen an increase in a demand for home delivery for food support across their community food pantries due to the coronavirus.

Furthermore, they have seen that more at-risk residents are unable or are too frightened to go out to get the food they need from their local food pantry.

In response to the circumstances around the coronavirus, local food pantries have temporarily adapted their business models by providing home delivery services with social distancing measures in place.

The FBYR has reported that, as of May 4, they are now adapting to this new temporary model as well, with its own home delivery services, to help with front-line efforts.

“The response from the community and food industry partners has been overwhelming,” Alex Bilotta, CEO of FBYR said. “With just a minor adjustment to our current warehouse model, we can assist seniors and other at-risk groups with home delivered perishable and non-perishable food items,” he added.

Any person in York Region who requires food support through a home delivery can go on the FBYR website, and fill out an online request form. Requested home deliveries may take 48 hours to be completed. This is done at no charge.

Any household that does not already receive deliveries from FBYR is eligible to receive a delivery of food, household consumables and personal products.

Other agencies in the network also offering home delivery services are the Georgina Food Pantry, the Aurora Food Pantry, and 105 Gibson Centre.

For more information about the FBYR, visit