Established in 1990 as a temporary outreach program by 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 needs of our community have grown, exponentially.
Over thirty individuals volunteer their time to keep the food bank operating and we are generously supported by many individuals, businesses and organizations. Without the strong support of the community we could not continue to operate. Our 2021 operating expense exceeded $160,000 which includes rent, restocking food items as well as the Christmas Program which provided 210 gift bags to food bank families. All of our clients live in the Ajax-Pickering area and may visit the food bank up to 2 times in one month. For the year 2021 we provided 4200 food hampers which helped to feed 14,000 people, which is a 15% increase in food bank use over last year.
We have 6 volunteer drivers who regularly pick up food from donation bins located in grocery stores and other sites. Drivers use their personal vehicles, as the food bank does not own any vehicles. Most of our drivers work at regular jobs and fit their collection schedules into their daily routines.
TO OUR CLIENTS
The Food Bank is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am -12pm.
Remember to wash your hands, maintain social distancing and wear a protective face mask whenever possible.
If you are visiting us for the first time, please pre-register here. No appointment is necessary.
Please remember to bring your own grocery bags, as we do not have any at the food bank.
If you are sick, please stay home and call Caremongers at 1-888-573-0982 for assistance. A volunteer will pick up your order from the food bank and deliver it to your front door.
Clients and visitors do not need to be vaccinated to enter the Food Bank but must wear a mask. To maintain physical distancing, clients will be limited to one member per household and only one may enter at a time. You will be asked to line up outside to wait your turn so please dress for the weather.
We will continue to request that you wear a face mask while you are inside the food bank. Many of our volunteers are seniors or immune-compromised. We ask that you respect this request while we fill your order. Thank you.
If you or any members of your household are under quarantine or not feeling well,
DO NOT come to the Food Bank.
Call us at 905-839-9537 to make special arrangements.
We accept donation drop-offs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. DO NOT leave food donations at our front door when the food bank is closed.
1537 Pickering Parkway
Pickering, ON L1V 6W8
882 Kingston Road
Pickering, ON L1V 1A8