Organic Pick Up!

We will be expanding our waste diversion efforts to include Organic Waste pick up! To make this easy for members to participate in, we have set up the following system;

  • Small organic bins will be placed on the 5th and 8th floors, just in front of the garbage chute. They will be placed there weekly from 12:00pm on Tuesdays until 12:00pm Wednesdays.
  • Simply bag your organic waste and bring it to the bins on the collection dates above.    PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS ARE PERFECTLY FINE TO USE!

It’s that easy! 

There more members that properly divert their waste to organic & recycling bins the better! It costs ZERO dollars to have that type of waste picked up. Garbage collections costs are high and will only increase! Let’s all do our part to save the co-op some coin! This program is currently only available to     members living at 85 Bleecker. We will be announcing plans to bring this  program to members at 101 Bleecker in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact

Ryan Hayward

416 3920 7340 x204 /


DIY Doggie Treats

Saturday April 6 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm in the Community Room



DFC members and their pups are welcome to stop by and learn a simple, healthy and yummy dog treat recipe! This class will be led by member Mymi Jarrell. All ingredients and supplies will be provided. Spaces are limited!

For more information or to claim a spot, please contact

Ryan Hayward
416 920 7340 x204



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.

DFC Helping Hands Program Needs You!


What is the Helping Hands Program? 

The aim of the program is to pair senior co-op members (or co-op members experiencing some mobility challenges) with other members who can help with basic errands or chores. Some examples of the kinds of support might be:

o   Picking up groceries / supplies

o   Picking up prescriptions

o   Assisting with light household projects (i.e. moving some furniture etc)

o   Accompanying individual to important appointments

o   What volunteers can’t do: Banking, Laundry, Personal Care, Routine House Cleaning

How does it work? 

o   Once you are confirmed to be taking part in the program you will contact me directly with some specific help / assistance that you might need and when you need it (advance planning is key).

o   I will then reach out to co-op members that have offered their help and see who is available to assist. Once an effective match is made, I will put the two members in touch with each other.

Right now we would like to hear from members who might need some support AND members who can provide some support. If you would like to take part in this program or would like to get more information, please feel free to contact me directly.

Ryan Hayward

Community Projects Coordinator

Diane Frankling Housing Co-op

416 920 7340 x204 /