The Food Bank always welcomes new clients whether you call to arrange an appointment or come to us in need. Our grocery area is organized with self-shop display shelves so that clients can determine their own menus and choose family favourites. Each monthly visit will provide about one week’s worth of food and household items and a volunteer will be on hand to provide assistance.
Our Clothing Room offers clean, gently-used items that clients may choose from on their monthly appointments. Shopping days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm.
Clients can also drop in for fresh bread and vegetables any time we are open, but should call ahead to 519.787.1401 to make sure of availability.
In addition to pantry food items, our wonderful volunteers make use of fresh and frozen meat and other donations to prepare, vacuum-pack and freeze healthy meals.
How to get started:
The application process is quick and new clients are encouraged to call first. Whether prospective clients have an appointment or just drop into the office, the Food Bank will help whenever possible with their immediate needs. Clients are required to register before monthly shopping
Visits can be arranged. The process will proceed smoothly if clients are prepared and bring along the following documents and identification:
- Two items showing residency within the Township of Centre Wellington
- Details on household income
- Photo identification such as a drivers licence, passport or LCBO BYID card
Please note that absolute confidentiality is assured.
Christmas Hamper Program
Every CW Food Bank client is encouraged to sign up in the fall for a special holiday hamper for pick up in early December on Hamper Day at the Sportsplex in Fergus. Clients check in by hamper number and are helped to navigate the shopping cart by a volunteer guide. After picking up the non-perishables in a box decorated by volunteers, next is added the frozen meat paid for through the CWFB Turkey Drive with $5,000 matched by Scotiabank.
Over 200 volunteers are involved along with a huge number of churches, service groups, agencies, businesses and schools that bring together their members, employees and students to contribute food, gifts and services. Those with children and grandchildren may also choose from items collected through the Fergus Lions Club Toy Drive and scarves and mitts hand-knitted by community groups.
Christmas Angel Program
The Christmas Angel Program is designed to help brighten the holidays for children who might go without many gifts. Clients fill in an anonymous client form with details on the age, size, preferences and some wish list items for each child. Donors, whether individuals or groups, volunteer to provide three unwrapped presents for each child – one clothing item and two toys or gifts. Presents for the household and for the family to share are usually included, too.
Other ways the Food Bank can help:
Beyond providing food, the Food Bank supports the community as a first stop for those needing help, making connections to other agencies and programs, providing advice in times of crisis, fostering self-esteem through cooking classes and volunteering, sharing its commercial kitchen with not-for-profit groups and supporting those working for social justice and fighting poverty.
New services added in 2016 include income tax return preparation and filing, two computer stations for client use, a lending library and connections to legal aid, especially in relation to housing issues.
Needing assistance can be stressful and our clients can also benefit by receiving help from other community agencies. The Centre Wellington Food Bank often refers clients to the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington (519-843-7000) and The Rural Women’s Support Program (519-843-6834).