Let’s cook up change together

Sybil Pinnock, our Power Soups powerhouse and catering coordinator, believes that good, healthy food is music to the senses and the soul, and puts great care into creating recipes that nourish the body and the mind.

From November to April, Sybil lovingly creates delicious, nutrient-dense soups in the largest pot I’ve ever seen. Each year, we distribute more than 22,500 cups of Sybil’s soups to more than 25 emergency food programs at agencies across Toronto.

Demand for our Power Soups program is growing and we really need your support. Your support will allow FoodShare to expand our Power Soups program, providing more nutritious meals, and extending our work beyond the winter months.

Too many Torontonians must rely on a drop-in meal program for what is often their only meal of the day. Perhaps, like myself and so many others, this has been a reality that you’ve experienced. Drop-in meal programs don’t solve poverty but they do help stave off the daily hunger pains of some of the most nutritionally vulnerable people in our city.

Chef Sybil holds up a container full of Power Soup

Across the city, a network of committed agencies and dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that there are community spaces where people can access a warm, nutritious meal and connect with others.

FoodShare’s Power Soup Program is a response to the immediate needs of those that are hungry, but we know that more needs to be done. FoodShare will also continue to champion and advocate for effective policy interventions for the one in eight Torontonians who struggle to access adequate and healthy food.

Food is more than just a basic need, and having the agency and resources to choose what we want to eat, as well as when and where to eat it are essential pieces to the dignity we all deserve.

To advance this work we need your ongoing support. You play a vital role as a FoodShare donor. Long term solutions need long term commitment.

Please know that whatever you choose to do, your support means a great deal to FoodShare and everyone who accesses our programs. I want to send you my warmest thanks for all that you do to contribute.

Together we have the power to change the future of food in our city, creating solutions that ensure everyone has a place at the table and access to good, healthy food for all.


Portrait of Paul M. TaylorPaul M. Taylor
Executive Director

P.S. We want to thank you for your support and share some love from our kitchen to yours by including one of Sybil’s most cherished recipes from our Power Soup program, Butternut Soup with Coconut Milk. Sybil’s heard such lovely feedback about this recipe over the years with one recipient telling us that it reminded them of the comfort of their Grandmother’s cooking. We hope you’ll enjoy this recipe, and remember the impact you’ve had on increasing access to good, healthy food in your community each time you cook it up and share it with the people in your life that you care about.

Click here to download the Butternut Soup with Coconut Milk recipe card.