Helping Those in Need Since 1919

Providing basic needs, 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.

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 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 is pleased to accept gently used seasonal appropriate items for our clothing room. Men’s/Ladies’/Children attire including hoodies/pants/shoes/boots/blouses/ Household items – Kitchen/Bedding/Towels New Undergarments At this time donations are limited to 2 Bags per donor. Thank you for your understanding. Drop off at 12 North St., St. Catharines or 19 Albert St W , Thorold 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 and following the lifting of certain covid protocols we are pleased to once again welcome volunteers (in limited numbers) back to the agency. If you are interested in volunteering kindly complete and submit the volunteer application.

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.


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

Support FAQS

How can Community Care help me?

We provide food security programs and housing programs that focus on eviction prevention.  

Our food programs support clients with emergency food, 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, and we can help people without housing get their ID replaced. 


Do I have to live in St. Catharines?

Our food bank services provide for clients in 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 call 211 to get 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.

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. If you don't have permanent housing and need ID, we can help you through our ID Program. 

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.

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