It’s easy to assume there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options at local food banks: white pasta, peanut butter and canned beans are popular donation items.
But Matthew Noble, a vegan, wanted to make sure the city’s needy had access to healthier meat-free options — especially fresh fruits and vegetables.
Noble, 32, who does custom millwork for a living, and other volunteers recently launched the monthly pop-up Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank, based out of Yonge Street Mission, intent on providing fresh food to those who can’t afford it.
“I don’t want to give people any unhealthy food. I want to give them something I can eat,” Noble told Metro News.
Following the model of the Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank, which closed after the death of its founder in 2013, the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank is making sure that at least half of what it offers to citizens is fresh, whole foods.
Most food banks struggle to reach the 50-per-cent-fresh mark. Even then, that number often includes meat andRead More »from Healthy food for the hungry: Toronto gets its first vegetarian food bank