Toronto restaurant giving free meals amid COVID-19 job cuts

Food | Local businesses

Little India, a longtime family restaurant in Toronto, is helping people who’ve lost their jobs by giving out free meals to anyone in need — no questions asked.

Waived transit fares in Timmins inadvertently leads to surge in ridership

Mobility and transportation

“Despite a notable drop in overall ridership, we have experienced a recent surge in transit use by non-regular passengers which is likely a reflection of our current free fare structure and a lack of things to do and places to go given the closure of various community facilities and programs,” said Mark Jensen, the city’s director of community and development services.

Anishinaabe outdoor education school offering free online classes while schools are shut down

Children | Indigenous | Learning and education | Local businesses

Caleb Musgrave, owner and operator of Canadian Bushcraft, an outdoor education school, is offering free online classes while schools are shut down during COVID-19.

Big Bike Giveaway partners with Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op to give out free bicycles to low-income essential workers

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses | Mobility and transportation

London-based Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op is a volunteer-supported, self-serve bike repair shop and Big Bike Giveaway is organized by a husband and wife team in London Ontario.

Toronto Chef Danielle Bassett & The Depanneur providing meals to the overburdened shelter system

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The Depanneur commissary kitchen, a social enterprise, is turning surplus bar & restaurant ingredients into meals to give back to the overburdened and short-staffed shelter system amid the COVID19 crisis.

Connecting neighbours in Vancouver looking for help during the COVID-19 pandemic

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Seniors | Social isolation

Coming Together Vancouver brings provides connections to share resources, extend a helping hand to our neighbours, show solidarity for healthcare workers and the vulnerable, and highlight social movements that are fighting for access to healthcare, housing, and workers’ rights.

Volunteers on bikes deliver supplies and friendship to vulnerable people during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Toronto

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Mobility and transportation | Seniors | Social isolation

The group has joined forces with a few community organizations, including a local kitchen and the University Health Network’s Friendly Neighbour Hotline.

Resident compiles Google doc of free workouts during social isolation

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Mental health | Social isolation

The shared document includes free workouts for individuals to use while staying home or in self-isolation.

Nonprofit freeCodeCamp compiles list of Ivy League courses offered online for free

Learning and education

The resource compiles free online courses from Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.

JSTOR expands open-access materials available to the public

Learning and education

Online academic resource JSTOR expands materials available to the public due to the widespread closure of universities across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurants in Minneapolis offer free lunches to children during school closures

Children | Food

Many children rely on school lunches to stay fed during the day, and with the announcement that schools will be closing, several restaurants have said they will give free lunches to any students who need them while they’re home from school.

San Diego County schools provide free meals for students during COVID-19 closures

Children | Food

San Diego County schools provide free meals for students during COVID-19 closures. The meals are federally funded through a USDA program that serves low income families throughout the school year.

FEANTSA prescribes key priorities for addressing COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness

General: Sector resources | Housing and homelessness

FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless) prescribes key priorities for addressing COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness.

Crowdsourced resource for technologists

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

The Coronavirus Tech Handbook provides a space for technologists, civic organisations, public & private institutions, researchers and specialists of all kinds to collaborate on a rapid and sophisticated response to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent impacts. It is a quickly evolving resource with thousands of active expert contributors.

Free Ebook on building collective resilience after a disaster

General: Tools for engagement | Learning and education

“The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters”, contains interviews, articles, guides, and personal stories to deepen your understanding of community led disaster response and support deeper engagement with your neighbors, family, and friends as you prepare for the future together.

Halifax restaurant, Basha Restaurant invites anyone who’s struggling financially to come inside and have a free meal


The owners of a Halifax restaurant say the way the community embraced them when they first started has them feeling compelled to give back during this difficult time. All orders are take-out only and they have a strict one customer at a time policy.

Quebec offers free emergency daycare for healthcare workers

Policy leadership

Quebec is providing free emergency daycare services for the preschool and elementary-aged children of healthcare providers and other workers in essential services’ as the province implements measures to contain COVID-19.

City of Toronto offers free childcare for essential workers

Children | Policy leadership

Beginning March 30, City of Toronto will offer free child care on a 24-7 basis for children up to age 12 for any worker deemed essential by the province

Local Montreal musician organizes weekly drumming festival on balconies, porches, rooftops

Arts and Culture | Social isolation

The weekly event, organized on Facebook, invites attendees to drum on their balconies/porches/rooftops on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. With enough people drumming, the event reminds you that you are not alone.

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