Niagara Food Banks are feeling the pinch: How can you help?

News articles across Canada are bringing light to current concern for food bank’s supply as inflation and the cost for basic necessities increases.

Helping Those in Need Since 1919

Providing basic needs, including food, clothing & emergency services to individuals and families in our community.

Housing Help

Many in our community are jobless or under employed.
This causes a ripple effect, food & housing insecurity + stressors…. Please help.

We Are Feed Niagara

Member food banks of Feed Ontario, working together across the region to ensure no one goes hungry in Niagara. We believe access to food is a basic human right.

 

St. Catharines

12 North Street, St. Catharines 905-685-1349
Mon – Fri: 9am to Noon – 1pm to 3pm

Thorold

19 Albert Street West, Thorold
905-227-9240
Mon – Fri: 9am to Noon – 1pm to 3pm

Housing Help

129 Church Street, St. Catharines
905-984-8955
Mon – Fri: 9am to Noon – 1pm to 3pm

Services

Food Security

We provide nutritious, accessible food to those in need.

Housing Help

We assist those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, are recieving government assistance, or are facing eviction.

Health Support

Dental, vision care & medical supports are often available based on funding. Inquire about eligibility.

Family Support

From newborns & new parents to seniors, we have programs to assist with essentials for everyone in our community.

Ways to Give

DONATE

Your gift helps provide the basic necessities for those in need.

Order a Barrel

We deliver & pick up donation barrels to support local food drives. Thanks for your support!
Most needed items

Christmas

The holidays can be tough & everyone can use a little Christmas magic. Help us & join our team of merry elves.

Volunteer

We welcome volunteers with strong communication skills, patience and compassion.

Who We Are & Our History

Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold has been meeting the needs of the less advantaged in our community since 1919. The fundamental principles on which the agency was founded have not changed.

Programs range from food and shelter security to emergency services and support that lead to the independence clients strive to achieve.

Although most programs are delivered within the communities of St. Catharines & Thorold, the Trustee and Niagara Nutrition Partners Programs are delivered on a regional basis.

Snacks ‘n Sneakers

Snacks n’ Sneakers program returns to Community Care to help students start classes on the right foot.

Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold, in partnership with Canadian Tire Bank (CTB), are pleased to be able to offer our CTB’s Snacks ‘n Sneakers program again this year. Each child registered with Community Care attending JK – Grade 12 is eligible to apply for the Snacks n’ Sneakers program and receive a backpack with school supplies, healthy snacks and a pair of brand-new sneakers.

Pick up dates will be announced in early August. Registration begins in August.

Donor FAQS

How can I best help Community Care?

A monetary gift will best help Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold carry out its mission assisting those facing hardship and struggling with independance and self-sufficiency. Monetary donations can go further as many of our suppliers will double the value of the donation. All donations $20 and over will receive a charitable gift receipt, suitable for income tax purposes amd our gratitude.

What are the most needed items?

Our most needed items change regularly and are listed on our social media pages. We are always in need of canned proteins, granola bars, hearty stews and soups with protein as well as diapers in sizes 4 and up.

  • beans, baked in sauce
  • canned pasta (SpaghettiO's and Beefaroni)
  • canned fruit
  • spaghetti sauce
  • canned veggies

Does Community Care accept clothing & household donations?

Community Care St. Catharines is currently accepting clean linens, towels, and pots and pans. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact Community Care Thorold at 905.227.9240 as they take more items for the thrift shop. Gently used clothing and household donations are appreciated. 

How can I become a volunteer?

At this time, due to the pandemic we are unable to accept new volunteers. Our volunteer Program is currently being modified to accommodate everyone's health & safety. It is Community Care’s first priority to keep our Staff, Volunteers, and clients safe. Please fill out the Volunteer form online and you will be added to our volunteer communications when we resume the program. Apologies for any delay.

Can I donate a car to raise funds?

When you donate your vehicle through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). You will receive a tax receipt and we will put your gift to good use.

Donate a vehicle.

Support FAQS

How can community care help me?

We are here to provide all necessities to ensure no one goes hungry and is able to stay warm and dry.  Our programs support clients with emergency food security, regular food bank support, housing help, medical, dental, new baby bundles and senior support. We require new clients to come register and prepare their ID, income proof, and address proof for their first visit.

Do I have to live in St. Catharines?

Our services provide for clients in St Catharines and Thorold. If you are in other parts of Niagara please visit FeedNiagara.ca to find your local provider.

What if i don't have I.d.?

Any piece of mail with name and address will allow us to register you. This may be a utility bill, government support paperwork, phone statement. We also have an ID Program. Call us and book an appointment.

Do you provide emergency supplies?

We do provide emergency food supplies during business hours and can direct you to other shelters and compassionate providers within St Catharines & Thorold.

How do I register for christmas Help?

To register for Holiday Help, please call 905-685-1349 for assistance. Registration starts in early November.

Latest News

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