According to the latest “Who’s Hungry” report by the Daily Bread Food Bank, food bank visits in Toronto are back to levels seen during the height of the recession, almost ten years ago.

Kate Halsey, a food bank coordinator for Yonge Street Mission in Regent Park, reports that they register 3 new users on a daily basis, “ranging from newcomers to Canada who have Master’s and PhD degrees, but not enough money for food; people who go back to school and are paying tuition; and people who are just trying to make ends meet at the end of the month. It could be anyone, it could be your neighbor, it could be your grandmother, your best friend. It could also be the man on the corner. There’s not a population we serve more than others.”

Indeed, many of our own co-op members may be going without proper nourishment.

With this in mind, DFC is launching the Nourish program, aimed at alleviating the food gap for our own co-op members who may be in need. Nourish  will be funded through internal and external donations, that will enable us to maintain and allocate $25.00 grocery gift cards to members, by request, as needed. All requests are strictly confidential, and can be made to Ali or Ryan, starting in early December.

All members have to do is ask.

The co-op will be accepting monetary donations from members who are able to contribute to the Nourish  fund. If members were planning on giving a holiday gift to staff, we ask that you please consider a Nourish donation instead. No amount is too small, and all donations will be gratefully accepted. Please stay tuned for more details about how to donate.

New Years Day Brunch

Monday January 1, 11:30am – 3:30pm


Kick off your 2018 with friends, laughs and great eats at the 2nd Annual DFC New Year’s Day Brunch! The Co-op will provide big ticket items (meats, some sides etc) but guests planning to attend should bring something to share pot-luck style if they are able. Members planning to attend are kindly asked to RSVP by Wednesday December 20. To do this, get more information or volunteer to help out at the event, please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204

DFC Christmas Dinner Party!


Monday December 25 in the Community Room  

DFC is thrilled to invite you to our 3rd Annual Christmas Dinner Party! We will start with coffee and lite refreshments at 3:30pm and aim to have dinner at around 5:00pm.

The Co-op will take care of providing the turkey and some side dishes. Guests are welcome (but not required) to contribute a dish pot luck style. All members are welcome to attend. We are asking all members that are planning to attend RSVP by Wednesday December 20. To do this, get more information or volunteer at the event, please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204 /

2 of a Kind Craft Sale & Holiday Social



Sunday December 10, 10am – 4pm in the Main Lobby of 85 Bleecker 

Please join us and rev up your holiday spirit! There will be some great baked goods and crafts for purchase made by members of Diane Frankling Housing Co-op. The co-op will be selling all the organic and unpasteurized honey made by the bees in our hive this past summer! We will also be making seasonal decorations and decorating the Co-op Christmas Tree!
Snacks, refreshments and all the holiday cheer you can handle will be on hand! Hope to see you there!

DFC Souper Group!

Thursday November 30, 5:30pm in the Community Room 


 All are welcome to come down, help out with the cooking and take some home! If you would like to receive some of this soup for dinner (or to have in the freezer for a rainy day… literally) please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204 /

An Evening with Branch Out Theatre

Wednesday November 22, 7pm in the Community Room 


 The Board of Directors, along with performers from Branch Out Theatre, are hosting a fun and interactive performance to acquaint members with the newly-created Member Liaison position. The aim of this volunteer position is to provide support to members when trying to resolve issues or complaints.

This dramatic performance will demonstrate, through various scenarios, the role of the Member Liaison, and how they may assist members. Audience members will also have an opportunity to give feedback and suggestions towards the development of this role.

Snacks and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.

DFC Holiday Soiree!

Wednesday December 13, 2017 . 7pm – 11pm 


Eat, drink and be merry with us as we toast the

season at the  DFC  Holiday Soiree! 

We are  excited to have the  Tiffany Hanus Jazz Trio stopping by to deliver a lively set of jazz classics and Holiday classics. Co-op member Geoffry Meikle will be providing the dance floor tunes. As always, chef Michael Dion will have a stellar menu of party foods for all to enjoy.

Though there will not be a Doggie Pageant this year, we welcome all co-op dogs that wish to attend! It will be a good way to make their presence known, and feel out the crowd in preparation for the return of the Doggie Pageant in 2018!

To get more information, volunteer to help out or RSVP please contact


Ryan Hayward

416 920 7340 x 204 /

Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday November 9, 2:15pm – 4:00pm in the Community Room 


Our friend’s at the Sherbourne Health Centre will be hosting a free flu shot clinic here at DFC. All member are welcome to take advantage of this service. Be sure to bring your OHIP Card.

Bleecker Cafe

Wednesday November 29, 1pm – 3pm in the Community Room 


Enjoy a great lunch while catching up with friends and neighbours. All members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by November by by contacting

Ryan Hayward

416 920 7340 x204

DFC Games Nights!

 DFC Games Nights!


We will be hosting three Games Nights this November! All members are welcome to join in, test your luck and enjoy time with friends and neighbours. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there

Game: Left, Right & Centre
FRIDAY NOVEMER 10, 7pm—9pm
Game: Rummoli
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17, 7pm – 9pm
Game: Scrabble