Finding a Food Bank in Your City

If your family doesn’t have enough to eat, it’s important to remember that help is available. When you visit the Ontario food bank nearest to you, you’ll be given a supply of healthy food by volunteers or staff who will treat you with dignity and respect. Read on to find out what you can expect when you visit a food bank, and to locate the one nearest to you.

Where can I find a food bank?

To find a food bank near you, check the list on this page, or visit the Ontario Association of Food Banks’ website. Each food bank will have different hours, so when you find the one nearest to you, be sure to check out their website or to give them a call before you go.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

On your first visit, the food bank might ask you to show photo ID with your name and address on it, or other types of documentation. Check the food bank’s website for a list of the documents you’ll need, or else call ahead and ask.

How much food will I get?

Food banks often have to serve a large number of people and have a limited supply of food. For this reason, different food banks have different rules about how much they’re able to give. They’ll also have different types of food available at different times (depending on what has been donated). In general, though, you can expect the food bank to offer you anywhere from 3 to 10 days worth of food.

What kinds of food will I get?

You should receive both canned/packaged foods and fresh food like milk, vegetables or meat.

Most food banks will do their best to give you some choice. For example, they might ask if you want peanut butter, what kind of beans you’d prefer, or if you drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate. They might also ask if you have pets that you need food for. If your family has a baby, they’ll offer you infant formula or diapers if they’re available.

Is it embarrassing to visit a food bank?

The people who work at food banks want you to feel comfortable. In fact, some of them have been in situations where they’ve had to rely on food banks themselves, so they understand how you might be feeling. They’ll do their best to respect your privacy while asking any necessary questions about your family income or situation.

What languages do the people at food banks speak?

Most Ontario food banks operate in English, but some of the volunteers and staff may be able to speak a second language. If they’re able to communicate in your first language, they’ll probably be happy to do so. If not, don’t worry! Hand gestures and basic English will likely be enough for you or your parents to place a food order.

Find a food bank near you:

Aurora

York Region Food Network 350 Industrial Parkway South P: (905) 841-3101

Barrie

Barrie Food Bank 42 Anne Street South P: (705) 725-1818

Belleville

Quinte Region Food Share Shelter (QRFSS) 25 Wallbridge Crescent P: (613) 962-9043

Bracebridge

Manna Food Bank 325 Fraserburg Road P: (705) 646-0114

Brockville

Operation Harvest Sharing 58 Buell Street P: (613) 342-0605

Cobourgh

Food 4 All Northumberland 600 William St. P: (905) 373-8566

Durham

Durham & District Food Bank 350 Douglas Street P: (519) 369-6860

Guelph

Guelph Food Bank 100 Crimea St., Unit C12 P: (519) 767-1380

Hamilton

Hamilton Food Share 339 Barton St. P: (905) 664-9065

Kingston

Partners in Mission Food Bank 140 Hickson Ave. P: (613) 544-4534

Kitchener/Waterloo

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region 50 Alpine Court P: (519) 743-5576

London

London Food Bank 926 Leathorne St. P: (519) 659-4045

Mississauga

The Mississauga Food Bank 2550 Goldenridge Road, Unit 36 P: (905) 270-5589

Niagara Falls

Project S.H.A.R.E 4129 Stanley Ave., Unit 2 P: (905) 357-5121

North Bay

North Bay Food Bank 1319 Hammond Street P: (705) 495-3290

Oakville/Burlington

Food For Life: ReFresh Foods 2258 Mountainside Dr. Burlington, Ontario P: (905) 510-5724

Ottawa

Ottawa Food Bank 1317B Michael Street P: (613) 745-7001

Peterborough

Kawartha Food Share 665 Neal Drive P: (705) 745-5377

Sault Ste. Marie

The Salvation Army Community & Family Services 78 Elgin St. P: (705) 759-4143

Sudbury

Banque D'aliments Sudbury Food Bank 1105 Webbwood Drive P: (705) 671-9663

Toronto (North York)

North York Harvest Food Bank 640 Lawrence Ave. West P: (416) 635-7771

Toronto

Daily Bread Food Bank 191 New Toronto Street P: (416) 203-0050

 

The Stop Community Food Centre 1884 Davenport Rd P: (416) 652-7867

The Ontario Association of Food Banks

If you didn’t find a food bank near you in the list above, check the list on the Ontario Association of Food Banks’ website.
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