Get to Know Hillcrest Village: The Stop

The Stop’s weekly Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns is one of our favourite things to talk about on Twitter. It’s held every single Saturday morning from 8 AM to 12 PM, through the warm summer months and the cold winter months.  But The Stop runs more than just an awesome Farmers’ Market, they run many other community initiatives.

The folks at The Stop believe that “healthy food is a basic human right” and that everyone should have access to healthy food in one way or another. This has spawned a number of other programs – some are local food markets, whereas others are food banks. Some of the other programs they run include a perinatal program, a community action program, community cooking classes, and teaching sustainable food systems education, because it all ties back to healthy food and accessibility.

We’ll tell you a little more about the food banks they run because with the holiday season near, we believe it’s a great time give back. The Stop’s healthy Food Bank provides a three-day supply of food once a month to individuals and families who live in The Stop’s “catchment area” which includes north of Bloor, south of St. Clair, west of Dovercourt and east of Runnymede. They’re always looking for donations of canned vegetables (corn, pasta sauce with no sugar added and organic is preferred, tomatoes and salt-free beans), canned fish (salmon, tuna, sardines), stuff like brown rice, white rice, jars of sugar-free jam and peanut butter, as well a whole bunch of other things.  They also accept cash donations.

So pack up a grocery bag and head on over – after all, ‘tis the season for giving!

Note: Before making your donation, it’s best to speak with the Food Bank Coordinator, Rekha Cherian at 416-652-7867 ext. 227 or email her at

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