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Welcome Baby Bundle

Handcrafted items donated by faith groups throughout the community, in addition to basic baby supplies, diapers, onesies and toiletries for new babies are bundled to help you get started.

Thanks to the support from ladies of several faith groups, along with Mary McKay’s Baby Brigade, we are able to offer these items for newborn babies.

For more information and to see if you qualify, please inquire with our client service worker at the food bank service window.

Seniors Health & Well-Being Fund

Community Care administers this fund, also known as the Clara Crawford Fund, to support seniors with glasses, hearing aids, prescriptions and anything related to health and well being. The amount allocated per client is up to $500.

To access this fund, please call 905-685-1349.

Canadian Tire Jump Start

A community-based charitable program from the Canadian Tire Foundation. The program is offered to children from low-income families and it creates opportunities for children to participate in organized sports or recreational activities such as hockey, soccer or swimming.

Participation in this program and activities help children build self-esteem while improving social skills, concentration and character.

Community Care works to identify families for St. Catharines and Thorold that will benefit from the Canadian Tire Jump Start Program and is pleased to act as a local liaison in connecting families to this fine foundation.

For further information, please contact John at 905.685.1349 ext. 228

Birthday Program

This program is to support families with children up to 10 years of age. Providing a gift to open and something special to make their day memorable. to check eligibility and to apply, please contact us.

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.

“It is important that students return to school with the supplies they need so that their first priority is to participate and learn in class,” says Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold. “Any parent or guardian to school aged kids knows how quickly the costs can add up when preparing for another school year. Children are expected to return to school with at least two pairs of shoes (one for indoors and their outside shoes), numerous supplies and added snacks that keep them going throughout the day. It can put a lot of pressure on families who are already struggling to get the basics covered. Our back to school program aims to help ease that burden and help families manage.”

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

  • Please have your children’s current shoe size ready when you call.
  • When you call, we will work with you to make sure your file is up to date.
  • If you are not currently a client, you can still call our offices and we’ll discuss the steps to get you registered.

Any questions, please contact Danielle 905-685-1349 ext. 241 or if you are located in Thorold, please call 905-227-9240


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.