If you are seeking food for yourself or your family or if you know someone who is dealing with hunger, we are ready to lend a helping hand. Please refer to the GET SUPPORT page or simply give us a call.
Last year, 723 individuals looked to the Food Bank for help on a repeat basis, a third of them children. The reasons may be temporary or ongoing: low wages; unemployment; or government assistance programs and pensions that fall short of expenses.
Including regular and drop-in Food Bank visits, monthly Community Dinners and special programs/events, last year the Food Bank had 6,738 interactions with those seeking help and provided over 90,000 individual meals.
Beyond providing food, the Food Bank is committed to making connections to other agencies and programs, providing advice in times of crisis, fostering self-esteem through participation, sharing its commercial kitchen and supporting the struggle for social justice.
The Centre Wellington Food Bank is a member of The Ontario Association of Food Banks and Food Banks Canada.
Community Commercial Kitchen
This state-of-the-art facility has been planned to serve the community at large and to accommodate a range of different user groups.
- Volunteers preparing client meals to be frozen in vacuum-sealed portions.
- Guidance for Food Bank clients on cooking nutritious, cost-effective meals with fresh and pantry items.
- Neighbouring food banks and local charities for helping their clients.
- Service clubs and groups making food for fundraisers or special events.
- Caterers working on large social events.
- Food-based entrepreneurs for testing, production and presentations.
Equipment includes two heavy duty four-burner gas ranges, two gas convection ovens, a heavy duty griddle, a two-litre mixer, a vacuum sealer, a two-minute-cycle dishwasher, professional pots, pans and baking sheets and two large stainless steel prep tables.
The Community Commercial Kitchen was made possible by a grant from the Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures Development Corporation. Contact the Food Bank for further information and any applicable fees.
In 1984, just a few years after Canada’s first food bank opened in Edmonton, several churches came together to establish a food pantry in the basement of Melville United Church. By 1997, the volume of food distributed, number of clients served and roster of volunteers had grown to the point where the Centre Wellington Food Bank needed to hire a manager.
The charity moved several times before settling in 2009 in its present home in the historic Fergus Marketplace in Fergus. To reduce operating costs and ensure continuity, the Food Bank purchased the premises in 2013.
The majority of our funds come from individual, group and business donations and fundraising events. The Centre Wellington Food Bank is also grateful to the support of the United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin and grants from the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Wellington County and the Township of Centre Wellington.
With Thanks To These Organizations For Their Support
1ST Alma Pathfinders
A.O. Smith Canada
Alma United Church
Barry Hill United Church
Belwood Lake Car Club
Belwood Lions Club
Bethany / Elora United Church
Bethel Baptist Church
BMO Nesbitt Burns – Geoffrey Newton
BMO Nesbitt Burns – Kyle Dietrich
Central Pentecostal Church
Central Pentecostal Church Youth Group
Centre Wellington District H.S.
Centre Wellington Community Foundation
Community Living Centre
Curl For A Cause
Dar’s Country Market
Doug Hall Photography
Elora Firefighters Assoc.
ETSM Technical Services
ExpHAIRtise & Vienna Day Spa
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
Farm Credit Canada
Fergus Family Chiropractic Wellness Centre
Fergus Horticultural Society
Fergus Lions Club
Food Cycle Ride
Fraberts Fresh Food
Gay Lea Foods
Global Pet Foods
Grace Fellowship Church
Grand River Agricultural Society
Grand River Community Church
Grand River Physiotherapy
Groves Memorial Community Hospital
Guelph & District Association of Realtors
Irvine Masonic Lodge
J.D. Hogarth P.S.
James McQueen P.S.
Jefferson Elora Corp
Jester’s Fun Factory
John Black P.S.
Kinette Club of Centre Wellington
Kinsmen Club of Fergus & District
Knox Elora Care Team
Knox Presbyterian Church
KW Community Foundation
Little Caesars Pizza
Little Tree Nursery
M&M Food Market
Maple Leaf Acres
Mark’s Work Warehouse
Melville United Church
Meridian Credit Union
Morell Family & Friends Haunted House
OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway
Partners with Purpose
R&R Printing Plus
Reliable Motors Limited
Ron Wilkin Jewellers
Rotary Club of Centre Wellington
Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora
RWDI Consulting Engineers
Sensational Elora, Empty Bowls & Glasses
SM Polymers Inc.
Speedside United Church
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
St. James Anglican Church
St. John’s Anglican Church
St. John’s United Church
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Mary’s Catholic School
St. Mary Immaculate Church
Steelworkers Humanity Fund
The Dirksen Family
The Grand 101.1
The Steelworkers Humanity Fund
The Taylor Family
The Trudeau Family
Tibbles Creative Consulting
Town of Minto
Township of Centre Wellington
United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin
Upper Canada Forest Products
Victoria Terrace P.S.
Wellington Veterinary Services