The Drop-In
How to
Get Involved

Join the Drop-In

The Drop-In is open Monday through Saturday all year. See Program Hours. All community members are welcome to join the Drop-In Program at any time. Visit us to pick up a current program calendar, or meet with staff to discuss your program options including access to laundry, showers and computers. The Food Bank is for sole-support parents and residents of Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre shelters who are leaving the shelter system for more permanent housing.

Visit us or contact us to access the Food Bank.


The Drop-In & Food Access program engages more volunteers than any other program in our agency. In 2016, the Drop-In worked with 1,396 Volunteers who contributed a total of 29,540 hours to the program. Volunteers contribute to the daily operation of the Drop-In, helping to prepare and serve meals, offering individual support, facilitating programming, helping with outreach, and much more. Positions are limited but we accept volunteer submissions on an on-going basis.

Volunteers are:

  • Community Members
  • Professionals donating time in their field
  • High school students
  • Newcomers
  • Program Participants


Thank you for your interest!

Student Placements

***Please note that we are at capacity for student placements with our drop-in program for the September 2017 school year***

The Drop-In & Food Access program welcomes students from many of Toronto’s top academic institutions to learn from and share expertise with our program participants and staff teams. Students are studying in fields such as:

  • Social Work
  • Community Work
  • Nursing

In-Kind Donations

CONC Drop In Program, exists to help provide dignity, respect, and safety for those who use our services. We are always in need of men’s and ladies casual clothing such as t-shirts, jeans, hoodies, and running shoes; as well as weather protection clothing such as boots, jackets, hats, neck warmers, and gloves. We also hand out hygiene items and linens. Our needs are based on feedback from the community, and changing weather conditions. With the help of countless volunteers, clothing donations are quickly sorted and distributed through the Drop In participants.

Our Drop In kitchen is always in need of plates, cups, mugs, bowls, cutlery (Teaspoons, Spoons and Forks), kitchen towels, cutting boards, pots,kitchen knives, utensils, storage containers, pans, and small kitchen appliances (Ex. blender, food processor, electric can opener, mandolin, water filter, etc)

We will accept the following:


  • TTC tokens;
  • Hand sanitizer;
  • Laundry detergent and cleaning products;
  • New and washed, gently-used clothing, especially casual clothing for men and women, winter clothing, and socks;
  • Office and art supplies;
  • Board games;
  • Yoga mats;


Because we serve meals for up to 200 people six days a week, non-perishable, sealed food products in bulk are always best! We can always use the following:

  • Cooking oil and margarine (preferably in larger food service sizes);
  • Yellow sugar;
  • Spices (preferably in larger food service sizes);
  • Undented and non-expired cans of food, such as tomatoes;
  • Dried beans and grains, including kidney beans, split peas, and quinoa;
  • Dried pasta, especially penne;

The heart of the neighborhood. A place that gives back to all members of the community.

Community Member

Its a joy to be in an environment where staff gives 200% of their time and genuinely enjoys what they do. Its one of the first drop-ins that I’ve been to that has no violent incidents occur at the program. Great job #teamconc!


This place is superb! If I could only rate it more than 5 stars, I would totally give it the hundreds of stars it deserves. Hard working staff and amazing people all throughout. Honestly, the warmest and most welcoming setting there is in the community


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