St Paul's on-the-Hill Community Food Bank serving Ajax and Pickering 


How do I register to use the food bank?
Click here.

How do I make a donation?  Click here

Where do I drop off (large) food drive donations?  Click here

Food Drive time!

Many of our shelves are empty and we look forward to your support.  The top 10 items we need are listed here.  Of course the list changes as donations arrive.

One of the BEST ways you can help the food bank is by purchasing a gift card from a local grocery store and let us do the shopping.  Here are some of the reasons gift cards work:

1.      We manage our warehouse stock.  We buy what is needed as our stock changes.

2.      No worries about where to put all that food and store it for several months

3.      Better management of Best Before Dates so we ensure our clients get the best quality foods available.

4.      No waste.  We throw out POUNDS of food due to past expiry dates or compromised packaging.

5.      You can get a tax receipt for your donation.  You must provide us with full name and address to receive     a receipt.  Receipts are not given for corporate/school/group donations.

Thank you for all of your help and support during this food drive and in the future.

Expansion Project Completed! 

The food bank is now operating in an area of approximately 3100 square feet providing our volunteers with a safe work environment and permitting all food donations to be stored under one roof.  This meant knocking down walls, adding insulation and drywall plus extending heating and air conditioning.  We were also able to build a new office for our clients to have privacy when registering with us or discussing their personal issues.

The renovations could not have been done without the cooperation of a great many people including the City of Pickering, Coughlan Properties and help from our many volunteers. Your financial support over the years has enabled us to complete this much needed work in order to meet the growing needs of our community.  Thank you. 

Take a virtual tour of the food bank.  Click

                                                      3 Ways You Can Support The Food Bank

  1.  GIFT CARDS    We can buy what we need when we need it

                                 No long term food storage

                                 Less inventory to track

                                 Gift in kind income tax receipts are available

  2.  FINANCIAL       We don't just buy food. Our operating expenses include:  

       SUPPORT         Rent, hydro, heating, equipment & maintenance, office supplies and more   

                                 We accept PayPal 

  3.  FOOD DRIVE    An excellent way to raise awareness at school, work or for the family  

                                 Please always make delivery part of your plan 

Seldom do we have the opportunity to know how the food bank affects the lives of the people we serve but we recently received a heart warming story from a former client who recalls attending the food bank with his mother.  You can read his story here.

You can make a financial donation online via PayPal here.

A Reminder About Donations by Cheque

When supporting the food bank with a financial contribution please make it payable to St. Paul’s on-the-Hill Food Bank

Mailing address: 882 Kingston Rd.  Pickering, ON L1V 1A8  Attn:  Mrs. P. Bennett.

We also accept grocery store gift cards and online donations through PayPal.

Thank you for supporting your local food bank. 

Are You Planning A Food Drive?

If so, please don't forget to include donation delivery in your plans.  We have very limited ability to pick up large accumulations of donated food.  We have no paid staff and no vehicles other than those operated by our volunteers. Donated food may be dropped off at Parkway Storage Units, preferably during food bank operating hours.  To arrange delivery at other times, please contact us.

What do you think of when you hear the word FOOD DRIVE?  If you are like most people you would answer - non-perishable items like soup, canned vegetables, tuna, canned spaghetti, baked beans dry pasta and of course, Kraft Dinner.  All of these items are important to us and we appreciate receiving them.  However, there are other food items just as important but we never have enough: breakfast cereal, tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, cookies, crackers, luncheon snacks, dessert mixes (i.e. muffin mix/brownie mix) dry soup mix, condiments, toilet paper and personal hygiene products. 

Statistics show that children learn better and behave better in school if they are not hungry. On average, we serve 60 families each week so we are always in need of breakfast and lunch foods and snacks.  The next time you are thinking of donating to our food bank, please visit the Current Needs page.for suggested items or contact us via email.

About Us

Established in 1991 as a temporary outreach program by some members of St. Paul's on-the-Hill Anglican Church, the food bank has outgrown several locations. 

Unfortunately, the need has not diminished over the years but the base has broadened. We now draw volunteers from across the local community.  Over thirty individuals regularly donate their time and efforts to keep the food bank operating.  We are also generously supported by many individuals, businesses and organizations.  Without the strong support of the community we could not continue to operate. 

The food bank is staffed entirely by volunteers.  100% of funds raised are used to operate the food bank and buy food.

The food bank is open to clients on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 AM - 12 Noon.

Contact us here.

Help Us

We depend on the generosity of community members who support our mission and vision.  You can help too by contributing  food or making a donation.   Because food collection is uncoordinated, we often end up with too much of one item and not enough of another.  You can help us stock our shelves based on current need.  Please check our Current Needs page for the foods in short supply.

1537 Pickering Parkway, Pickering, ON | (905) 839-9537