Helping Those in Need Since 1919

Providing vital aid through programs including food, clothing & emergency services to individuals and families in our community.

Please Help

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

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


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

Housing Help

129 Church St, St. Catharines
Mon – Fri: 9am to noon – 1pm to 3pm


Food Security

We provide nutritious, accessible food to those in need.

Housing Help

Our Homelessness Prevention programs assist vulnerable people at risk of eviction or losing their housing.

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.

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.

Ways to Give


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


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


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

Donor FAQS

How can I best help Community Care?

A monetary gift is one of the best ways to help Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold 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 and our gratitude.

Donations of food and clothing make a great impact - our food security program is one of the most needed services we offer, and every individual donation helps us to provide this. Our Thorold location accepts food, clothing and household goods like small appliances as well!

Volunteering is another great way to support the work done at Community Care - without our volunteers, we could not provide all of the services that we do!

What are the most needed items?

Our most needed items change as needs and stock flucuate - be sure to check out our Instagram & Facebook pages for up-to-date items as we post these updates weekly on Wednesday.

On an on-going basis, are always in need of canned proteins, granola bars, hearty stews and soups with protein as well as diapers in sizes 4 and up. Examples include:

  • Beans, baked in sauce
  • Canned pasta (SpaghettiO's and Beefaroni)
  • Canned fruit
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned veggies
  • Granola bars
  • Canned proteins (fish, turkey, ham, sardines etc.)
  • Stews & soups (the best options include protein!)


  • Mens shoes
  • Linens - all size bedding and towels
  • All size new undergarments
  • Mens & womens jogging pants


  • Feminie hygiene products
  • Diapers size 4 and up
  • Baby wipes

Does Community Care accept clothing & household donations?

Community Care is pleased to accept gently used seasonal appropriate items for our clothing room, up to 2 bags per donor. Items we accept include:

  • Mens/Ladies/Childrens attire including hoodies/pants/shoes/boots/blouses/new undergarments
  • Bedding/Towels
  • Household items – accepted only at our Thorold location (19 Albert St W )

We accept donations Monday through Friday between 8:30 – 4:30.

How can I become a volunteer?

Volunteers have long been an important part of the Community Care team - we simply could not do all that we do without them!

If you are interested in volunteering kindly complete and submit the volunteer application.

Can I donate a car to raise funds?

You can! You will need to donate your vehicle through Donate A Car Canada and it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). The proceeds from this donation will be allocated to us! You will receive a tax receipt and we will put your gift to good use.

Donate a vehicle.


Yes, you can! Please fill out this form and email it to Idella at

Support FAQS

How can Community Care help me?

Community Care is proud to provide 20 integrated programs and services which include, but are not limited to, food security, housing supports and emergency services and support.

Our food programs support clients with emergency food, which is available on a daily basis, regular food bank support, new baby bundles and senior support. For the first visit, new clients must register and bring proof of income, address (if housed), and any proof of your identity (for example a piece of mail, an OW stub, or health card can work).

Our Housing Help Centre provides support to vulnerable people at risk of losing their housing. You do not need ID to visit the Housing Help Centre and access Prevention programs. We can also asisst with obtaining identification records through our regional ID Clinic program - this program applies to any resident of the Niagara region, and is serviced out of our St. Catharines location.

If you are in need, please call us today to find out more about how we can help to meet your specific needs.


Do I have to live in St. Catharines?

Most of our programs are served too residents of our locations, however our ID Clinic is a regionally offered program. 

Our food bank services are available for clients in these cities - our Thorold clients can access our Thorold food bank and our St. Catharines clients can access our Thorold food bank. Any of our clients can access our Thorold Thirft Store for clothing needs, however our St. Catharines location does also offer a clothing room. 

Contacts for those outside of St. Catharines and Thorold:

  • If you are in other parts of Niagara please visit to find your local food bank provider.
  • If you are in a housing crisis outside of St Catharines - Thorold, please dial 211 to learn about resources in your local community.
  • If you are facing an eviction by a landlord and need legal support, contact the Niagara Legal Clinc.

I need to access the emergency food program but lost my ID. Can I still get help?

Absolutely! In lieu of ID, a piece of mail with name and address will allow us to register you. If you don't have permanent housing and need ID, we can help you through our ID Clinic program - please complete the aplpication for this program here.

Do you provide emergency supplies?

We provide emergency grab-and-go food bags, available Monday - Friday from 9am until 3:30pm.

For other emergency needs and support, please contact us at (905) 685 - 1349 ext. 234 to be connected with someone who can help.


How do I register for Christmas Help?

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