For those organizing a food drive, please visit our Current Needs page to view the items we need most. You can drop off your donations at our storage facility (1537 Pickering Parkway) on Tuesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon or contact us via email to make alternate arrangements.
Smaller donations can always dropped in a donation bin at any of our participating grocery stores in Pickering or Ajax.
It is only with your continued support that we are able to help those in Pickering and Ajax facing food insecurity.
The food bank is considered an essential service and therefore will be OPEN every Tuesday and Friday from 10 to noon to serve residents of Pickering and Ajax.
If you have food to drop off during this period please email us for instructions. Please DO NOT leave food donations at our front door when the food bank is closed. Contact us for more details.
SEPTEMBER NEWS UPDATE
It has been a while since the last update. Here is what has been happening at the food bank this summer.
The Covid 19 virus is still playing an active role in how we operate. All of our volunteers are double vaccinated. We wear masks at all times and we limit the number of clients in the facility at one time. Thank you to our clients for their patience in waiting in line to be served.
Although July was a fairly wet month…lots of rain on Tuesdays and Fridays, we still managed to offer additional items OUTSIDE. We called it the food bank farmer’s market. Thanks to the gardeners at Durham Heritage Gas and Steam Society, Whitby Ajax Garden Project and Valley Plentiful in Pickering we were able to offer lots of fresh produce to the clients and their families. Tomatoes, zucchini, Swiss chard, kale, beans and much much more arrived weekly and helped to provide balance with the non-perishable items that our clients receive. Thank you to Harold, June, Brian, Dave and Victoria for their weekly deliveries.
On September 3rd, Metro Foods (Pickering) held a “Metro Retro” night where family and friends enjoyed treats and a movie in support of the food bank. Thank you to Dave Skitch and his staff and vendors who helped to make the night a great success.
We have had a busy summer. From June 1 to August 31 we had 960 client visits representing 3113 people fed.
October and Thanksgiving are fast approaching so please watch our Current Needs page in our website for donation suggestions, whether you are organizing a food drive or just dropping off single items during your weekly shopping.
We cannot operate the food bank without your support. We so appreciate your financial donations, the food items brought to the food bank or deposited in the bins of supporting grocery stores.
Thank You For Your Support
TO OUR CLIENTS
The Food Bank remains open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-12 however we are implementing some new procedures to help keep our clients and volunteers safe. Please follow the directions of the volunteers who greet you at the door
Remember to wash your hands and maintain social distancing and wear a protective face mask whenever possible.
If you are visiting us for the first time, please pre-register here. It will save time at the door.
If you are sick, please stay away 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. Click the PDF below for more information.
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Established in 1990 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.
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