the amount of groceries a person will receive in one visit to the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank
I love collabos and love supporting our friends in the vegan community! This recipe was created in collaboration with the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank. I bet you didn’t even know that was a thing! Well it is and it’s a much needed resource since typical food bank’s aren’t providing people with fresh whole foods and certainly not enough healthy vegetarian/vegan options. This means people who can’t afford groceries for various reasons and who can’t or don’t eat meat and dairy have no other choice but to consume it or go hungry.
First off, starting a food bank is no easy under taking and I’m friends with the guy who took on the task, Matt Noble. I wanted to promote the good work he’s doing in our community as well as create a tasty veg-friendly recipe using the variety of food items one can get from the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank. Plus I’m out to show everyone that eating vegan doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste or fulfillment so this was a unique opportunity to prove that again!
The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank has partnered with Yonge St. Mission and relies on great volunteers to operate as a pop-up on the last Saturday of the month. Those who are vegetarian, vegan, or actively transitioning can gain access to the food bank and can qualify in the same way as any other food bank. Details can be found here and they’ll be opening their doors next on May 23 from 12pm-4pm.
I was able to get a good look at the “haul” of what one person would receive from the food bank in a single visit. It’s nice to see vegan staples like kale, non-dairy milk, and tofu! You would never get these items at a conventional food bank. Plus the variety of fruits and veggies like tomatoes, avocados, limes, garlic, sweet potato, peppers, bananas, carrots, and onions are over half the load!
The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank is funded through cash donations, that way fresh food and produce can be purchased wholesale, maximizing variety and nutrition and minimizing the amount of non-perishable items (which is what typical food bank donations have to be). So that’s where you come in! Help out fellow vegans/vegetarians by making a donation here.
If you’re a Canadian veg business you can even get involved with fundraising through the sale of your products or with events that TVFB is currently working on. Be sure to reach out to them here if you’re interested. Remember, with all the abundance that surrounds us on this planet no one should go hungry! Do your part and support your local food banks.
So let’s get to the recipe! I used sweet potato and chickpeas as the base for this meal. Garlic and onion provide a lot of flavor, as well as a special ingredient that’s included in the grocery haul from TVFB. Magic vegan bacon grease is a Toronto business that makes… vegan bacon grease! The creator, Chris, generously donates the bacon rendering or “bacon bits” from his production that would otherwise go to waste. Thank you Chris!
I also had to use kale, avocado, and lime because they’re our faves! And so I present the southwest stuffed sweet potato… enjoy!