Great Holiday
Food Drive

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The Great Holiday Food Drive is an annual tradition where community comes together to support Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold. This event takes place on the first Friday of December, and aims to collect non-perishable food donations through participation with local grocery stores, and at Market Square (91 King St) in St. Catharines from 6am to 6pm.

If your group, business, school or team would like to particpate in this event by hosting your own food drive leading up to the big day, please connect with our Communications + Events Coordinator, Jess, at to get started!

how to donate

Every donation makes a difference! Please consider donating nonperishable food items, gift cards and or making a monetary contribution either in person through the first week of December at our offices, on the event date at Market Square, or online.

where to drop off donations

  1. Market Square: 91 King St. from 6am-6pm. There will be a drive-thru donation setup.
  2. Community Care Thorold Location: 19 Albert St W. from 9am-4pm.
  3. Community Care St. Catharines Location: 12 North St. from 9am-4pm.
  4. Donation Barrels in most grocery stores throughout St. Catharines &
  5. The Great Holiday Food Drive Express Bus will be making its way around St. Catharines and Thorold to collect donations. All are welcome to drop by the scheduled bus arrival times or drop off non-perishable goods in the
    donation barrels at these locations throughout the day. Local schools Gracefield Public School and Richmond Street School are participating and will have the Holiday Express bus visit to collect their donation on event day – with a very special guest riding along to visit!

For monetary donations: You are eligible for a tax receipt for donations over $10. If you would like a tax receipt please place donation in an envelope with your name, number and address and we will mail it to you at a later date.

most needed items

Canned: tuna/meats, fruits/veggies, pasta, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce.

Other: Juice boxes, cereals (hot and cold), peanut butter, granola bars, crackers

Market Square6am – 6pm
Freshco318 Ontario St.TBA
ZehrsFairview Mall – 285 Geneva St.TBA
Real Canadian Superstore411 Louth StreetTBA
Zehrs221 Glendale Ave (At Hwy 406)TBA
Sobeys343 Glendale Ave.TBA
Foodland (Thorold)9 Pine St N (Thorold)TBA
Freshco (Welland/Bunting)286 Bunting Rd.TBA