If you are visiting us for the first time, you will need to pre-register by using one of the following options (NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY):
- Complete the online registration form under the Client Application tab. Once your application is complete, you may visit the food bank any Tuesday or Friday between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to finalize your registration with our Client Intake Coordinator.
- If you do not pre-register you will be asked to complete an application form upon arrival. Please let us know that it is your first food bank visit and you must be a resident of Ajax or Pickering to receive assistance.
PLEASE NOTE: We ask that you please bring reusable grocery bags with you.
Hours Of Operation
Client days are every Tuesday and Friday morning from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Who is a dependent?
Any person living in the household for whom you are financially responsible. Their names and ages will be listed on your government forms (e.g. Ontario Works).
How often may I access the Food Bank?
You are allowed a maximum of 2 visits per month.
Are there other Food Banks in the area?
Yes, there are 3 other food banks nearby: House of Hope (Salvation Army) The Store Front & Christian Life Centre. All are in Ajax.
What food will I receive in my hamper?
You can expect to receive a box of non-perishable foods plus a choice of cereal, peanut butter, snacks, tea, coffee, sugar, flour, juice, milk, eggs, bread and other items (subject to availability).
How do I contact the Food Bank?
Where does the food come from?
Our food is donated by individuals and companies throughout Durham Region and/or purchased by the Food Bank with the monetary donations received. The Food Bank is not funded by the government and relies heavily on these donations from the community.
What information is required to register?
You will need:
- Birth dates and full names of all people living in the household
- All sources of household income (including EI, Child Tax Credits, Pension, etc.)
- Proof of address
- Tax assessment
- Valid piece of Identification
Where do I drop off food drive donations?
Volunteer staff are onsite every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to accept donations, no appointment necessary. Drop off location is at 1535 Pickering Parkway.
Smaller donations may still be dropped in the bins located in our supporting grocery stores - see below for participating stores.
Contact us at email@example.com or call 905-839-9537 for any questions or to set up a drop off time outside of our regular hours.
Where can I drop off individual items?
Many local grocery stores have collection bins located prominently in their stores. When you are grocery shopping, please consider including food for the food bank and drop your donations in the bin on your way out.
You will find bins for our food bank in the following locations:
Derek's YIG 1900 Dixie Rd., Pickering
Food Basics 1105 Kingston Rd. Pickering
Kingston & White's Freshco 650 Kingston Rd., Pickering
Sobeys 260 Kingston Rd. W., Ajax
Sobeys 955 Westney Rd. S., Ajax
Loblaw’s Market Place 1792 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
Metro 1822 Whites Rd., Pickering
DaCosta's No Frills 1725 Kingston Rd., Pickering
What can I donate?
The food bank accepts all non-perishable items. Please ensure that donations are in good condition and not past expiry or best before dates. We also accept personal hygiene products, household cleaners and paper products. If you are not sure what to donate, contact us and we will be happy to advise you or check our home page for our current needs.
Financial donations are gratefully appreciated. All money raised is used to cover food purchases, general operating expenses which include rent, telephone, equipment upgrades and improvements. The food bank also provides fresh milk and eggs for our clients every Tuesday and Friday.
Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more and will be issued at year end unless specifically requested.