How to Help

Donate Goods

Thank you for supporting our youth at YWS!

PLEASE NOTE: we are not able to accept expired or close to expiring food for the YWS food bank due to a lack of storage. Thank you for understanding. 

Our YWS Food Bank provides healthy and nutritious foods for our past residents living within our community. On an average week, YWS can see around 15-20 youth drop by to collect a YWS food package. Around the holidays, this number can triple. Food packages include a variety of items to help provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for those in need.

Looking to create a Food Bank Care Kit?

Here’s a shopping list with everything you’ll need!

Items of Greatest Need: 


  • shorts
  • activewear  
  • underwear
  • bras
  • sports bras 
  • t-shirts
  • swimwear 


  • sunscreen
  • body wash kits (scented and unscented)
  • sensitive skin products
  • cleaning supplies
  • dish soap
  • laundry detergent

Food Bank:

  • Kraft dinner
  • Pasta
  • Canned chickpeas
  • Canned/dried beans
  • Pasta sauce
  • Mr Noodles
  • Canned lunch meat
  • Nutella, PB, Jam
  • Cereal
  • Vegetarian/vegan
  • Gluten-free 
  • Grocery store gift cards

Other items of greatest need:

  • grocery store gift cards
  • reusable water bottles
  • blow up mattresses (with air pump) SIZE: Double
  • suitcases and duffle bags
  • 80-120L clear plastic bins for storage 


Items YWS cannot accept:

  1. Wrapped gifts
  2. Mouth wash
  3. Chewing gum
  4. Nail clippers
  5. Metal nail files
  6. Nail scissors
  7. Travel sized bottles of hygiene products

Items we cannot accept until further notice:

  1. Sanitary napkins and tampons
  2. Q-Tips
  3.  Mouthwash
  4. Nail clippers and files
  5. Travel sized hygiene products
  6.  Expired/near expiring non-perishable foods

Meal Drop Offs

If you are looking schedule a meal drop off, please contact Mike to schedule a drop off day and time at: or 416-748-0110 ext. 62

Summer 2021 greatest needs: Reusable water bottles, T-shirts, Shorts, Underwear , Athletic wear, Cloth grocery bags

If you are looking to make a donation of goods, we ask that you DO NOT pre-package individual gift bags, loot bags, or kits for our resident youth. For safety reasons, YWS must be able to clearly inspect all items donated, then sort, and distribute appropriately for each individual youth. We ask that you kindly provide your donations in large, clearly marked boxes or bags to allow our team of staff to safely inspect and sort.

Thank you for understanding!


Volunteer & Engagement Specialist


For all donation inquiries and donation drop off scheduling, please contact Mike at  or 416.748.0110 x 62.

Due to limited storage space and cleaning facilities, we are not able to accept used or gently used clothing

Due to limited storage space, we are not currently accepting gently used clothing, furniture, computer or television donations. (For gifts of gently used furniture we suggest you connect with our partner agency The Furniture Bank).

We are not able to accept any used or lightly used towels or bedsheets. Please contact the Toronto Humane Society for all used towel and sheet donations. 

Thank you so much for your continued support!

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