Community Meals.
Programs often run by volunteers that organizes suppers, lunches or other get-togethers that give community residents an opportunity to meet one another in a friendly and informal atmosphere while sharing a meal.
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541 Eatery and Exchange
Phone: 289-389-0541
Contact: Rev. Sue Carr, Executive Director
Address: 541 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON, L8L 2X2
Hours: Mon-Sat 8 am-4 pm
Cost: Service - Reasonable and affordable prices for homemade food;
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply: To donate, purchase buttons, or volunteer call or apply <a href=http://fivefortyone.ca/exchange/>online</a>
Eatery serving affordable home made food and a venue for exchanging ideas. Proceeds are used to facilitate educational community initiatives such as a homework club, a youth employment program, eating well workshops, kitchen skills training and other skills training opportunities not directly offered to the public. Offer a program to buy a button that those in need can exchange for meals.
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Community Breakfast
Knox Presbyterian Church
Phone: 905-689-8115
Contact: George Robertson, Pastor
Address: 80 Mill St N, Waterdown, ON, L0R 2H0
Hours: Second and third Sat of the month 8 am–10 am
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply: No registration required
Program offers Saturday morning breakfast to the community twice per month
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Community Outreach Program
New Vision United Church
Phone: 905-522-6843
Contact: Pam Wilson, Office Secretary
Address: 24 Main St W, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1H2
Hours: Thu 10 am-1 pm (Lunch 12:15 pm-1 pm)
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families/Individuals who are in need and on a low income.
How to apply:
Program provides lunch, worship service and fellowship. One-on-one counselling and access to food cupboard is also available.
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Drop-In Programs
Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-2814
Contact: Mila Minic, Manager, School Age Services
Address: 45 Ellis Ave, Hamilton, ON, L8H 4L8
Hours: Hours vary by program * contact for information
Cost: Membership - Child (ages 12 and under) $5; Youth (ages 13-18 and full-time students up to 24) $10; Adult $107.35; Senior (ages 55 and over) $56.50; Program - all programs free with club membership
Who can access this service?: Open to all * some programs are geared towards specific age groups * contact for more information
How to apply:
Tech Centre Provides public free high speed Internet access for use as a resource for job searches or to enhance digital literacy. There are also scanners and a laser printer. Games Centre A variety of games available including pool, foosball, air hockey, board games, ping-pong, and the latest video games. Jam 101 A music education program in collaboration with <a href=https://redbook.hpl.ca/redbook/record/HAM2112>Hamilton Music Collective's, An Instrument for Every Child Program</a>. Introduces children to a wide variety of musical instruments to spark children's curiosity and interest. Dinner Club Mon-Fri 5 pm-5:30 pm - Provides young people with resources to enhance and expand their access to food, education relating to food, and the development of healthy habits and life skills. Cool Moves A healthy lifestyle program that tackles poor eating habits and inactivity among kids (ages 7 and older)
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Family Dinner
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
Phone: 905-574-1334 x305
Contact:
Address: Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton, ON, L9C 2V2
Hours: Thu 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply: No registration required
Program provides a healthy free meal each Thursday.
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Food Access Programs, Dinner With a Movie
Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre
Phone: 905-522-3233
Contact:
Website: www.hucchc.com
Address: 71 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1B6
Hours: 3rd Friday of each month, 5 pm-8 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Open to all, with a focus on low income individuals and families
How to apply:
Program offers dinner and a movie to the community
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Food Access Programs, Pancake Tuesdays
Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre
Phone: 905-522-3233
Contact: Denise Brooks, Executive Director
Website: www.hucchc.com
Address: 71 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1B6
Hours: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 10 am-12 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply:
Drop in for a quick meal and to connect with service providers, health information, emergency supplies and other items.
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Gathering (The)
Living Rock Ministries
Phone: 905-528-7625
Contact:
Address: 30 Wilson St, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1C5
Hours: Tue 12 noon-1 pm, Wed, 12 noon-1:30 pm, Thu 12 noon-1 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Age 13 years to 25 years; Youth-At-Risk; Supporters of Youth-At-Risk
How to apply:
Program offers a noon-hour lunch and chapel service with a Christ-focused message designed specifically for street-involved youth. Offers food, music, and people sharing their personal stories. There are also opportunities for informal discussions and questions, and one-on-one chaplaincy support on request. Program is part of the Oasis Coffeehouse supported through the <a href=https://redbook.hpl.ca/redbook/record/HAM4656>Living Rock Cooking Programs</a>
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Hess Street Baptist Mission Inc.
Phone: 905-529-4187
Contact:
Address: 179 Hess St N, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2T1
Hours: Worship Service: Sun 10:30 am, Wed 11 am
Cost: None;
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply:
Non-Denominational Church Men's Breakfast offered
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Hot Meals
Good Shepherd Centres
Phone: 905-528-9109
Contact: Carmen Salciccioli, Director
Address: 135 Mary St, Hamilton, ON, L8N 3R1
Hours: Mon-Sat 3:30 pm-4:45 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families and individuals in need, who are on a low income.
How to apply:
A meal program for anyone in need.
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Let's Do Lunch
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Phone: 905-648-6024
Contact: Rev. John T Read
Website: www.standrews.ws
Address: 31 Sulphur Springs Rd, Ancaster, ON, L9G 1L7
Dates: Sept - May
Hours: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12 pm-1 pm
Cost: None - Donation accepted
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply:
Program offers lunch for the community.
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Loonie Lunch
St. Andrew's United Church
Phone: 905-383-7411
Contact: Greg and Laurie White, Ministers
Address: 479 Upper Paradise Rd, Hamilton, ON, L9C 5E2
Dates: Fall to Spring * Closed in the summer
Hours: 12pm-1:30pm
Cost: Program - $1 or donation
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply:
Program offers 2 kinds of soup (one vegetarian) and a sandwich lunch along with the opportunity for community fellowship.
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Lunch in the Country
Jerseyville United Church
Phone: 905-648-9669
Contact: Mamie McCromack, Chair
Address: 16 Field Rd, Ancaster, ON, L0R 1R0
Dates: Sep-Jun
Hours: 12 noon-1:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply:
Program offers free soup, sandwiches, coffee, tea and a tasty dessert. There is a free will donation for those who are able.
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Lunch Nook
Helping Hands Street Mission
Phone: 905-522-4263
Contact: Marion Van den Akker, Outreach Worker
Address: 349 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON, L8L 2X8
Hours: One Sunday of the month, 1 pm-2:30 pm * Call for details
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply: No registration required For information about volunteering fill out <a href=https://www.hhsmhamilton.com/lunch-nook/>this form</a>
Program offers free lunch for the community on Sundays
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Meals and Feeding Programs
King's Way Outreach Centre (The)
Phone: 905-296-9473
Contact: Antoinette Laffrenier, Manager
Website: alifeatatime.com
Address: 649 King St E, Hamilton, ON, L8N 1E5
Hours: Breakfast: Mon-Thu 11 am-12:30 pm * Lunch: Mon-Thu 1:30 pm-3 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families and individuals in need, who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Program offers continental breakfast, hot lunches and pizza night for those in need.
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Monday Breakfast
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: Central Presbyterian Church, 165 Charlton Ave W, Hamilton, ON, L8P 2C7
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Mon 8:30 am
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free breakfast to people in need on Mondays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Notre Dame House
Good Shepherd Centres
Phone: 905-308-8090
Contact: Loretta Hill-Finamore, Director
Email: info@gsch.ca
Address: 14 Cannon St W, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2B3
Hours: Administration Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * Shelter Mon-Fri 24 hours
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Age 16 years to 21 years; Youth-At-Risk
How to apply:
Multi-agency resource centre for at-risk youth residing within the community. Case coordinator assists the youth in navigating community and internal services based on their identified needs. Services include: * 24 Hour a day intake and admissions * Meets basic needs by providing all meals and snacks, clothing, laundry and hygiene products, etc. * Advocacy and Case Co-ordination * Recreational / Therapeutic programming * On-Site Access to Mental Health Services and Consulting Psychiatry * On-Site Access to a General Practitioner and/or Nurse Practitioner * On-Site Addiction / Substance Use Supports (Alternatives for Youth) * On-Site sexual health clinic * On-Site Withdrawal Management Assessment and Monitoring (St. Joseph’s Hospital) * Aftercare services through our Community Resource Centre The Notre Dame Community Resource Centre, is a multi-agency resource centre for at-risk youth residing within the community who are between 16 and 21 years of age. Youth have access to a number of outreach support services and programs to assist them in remaining housed; diverting them from homelessness and street involvement. A case coordinator assists the youth in navigating community and internal services based on their identified needs.
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Oasis Coffeehouse Breakfast Program
Living Rock Ministries
Phone: 905-528-7625
Contact:
Address: 30 Wilson St, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1C5
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:45 am-9:30 am
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Age 13 years to 25 years; Youth
How to apply: Drop-In, no registration required
Free breakfast available Mon-Fri for youth aged 13-25. During the program youth also have access to showers, hygiene produces, clothing, wifi, computers, and crisis and housing support. Weekly themed activities such as wellness, arts and crafts. Program is part of the Oasis Coffeehouse supported through the <a href=https://redbook.hpl.ca/redbook/record/HAM4656>Living Rock Cooking Programs</a>
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Oasis Coffehouse Evening Drop-In
Living Rock Ministries
Phone: 905-528-7625
Contact:
Address: 30 Wilson St, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1C5
Hours: Tue, Wed, Thu 6:30 pm-9 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Age 13 years to 25 years; youth
How to apply: Drop-In, no registration required
A safe community for youth to come and share a warm and nutritious meal. Also offers a variety of positive social activities such as wellness spa night, sports and recreation, cultural theme nights, and movie and game nights. Youth are able to access support through crisis response, referrals, and use the "work to earn" model to receive incentives such as bus tickets or snacks. Program is part of the Oasis Coffeehouse supported through the <a href=https://redbook.hpl.ca/redbook/record/HAM4656>Living Rock Cooking Programs</a>
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One Dish Lunch
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
Phone: 905-574-1334 x305
Contact: Mark Raymond, Community Chef
Address: Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton, ON, L9C 2V2
Hours: Fri 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply: No registration required
Provides a free lunch of healthy, fresh, culturally diverse plates along with the opportunity to make new friends.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Friday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: Wentworth Baptist Church, 120 Wentworth St N, Hamilton, ON, L8L 5Z7
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Fri 4 pm-5:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Fridays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Monday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 61 Mohawk Rd W, Hamilton, ON, L9C 1V9
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Mon 5 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Mondays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Monday and Saturday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: MacNab Presbyterian Church, 116 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON, L8P 3C3
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Mon, Sat 4 pm-5:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Mondays and Saturdays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Saturday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: Christ's Church Cathedral, 252 James St N, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2L3
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Sat 4 pm-5:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Saturdays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Thursday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: Central Presbyterian Church, 165 Charlton St W, Hamilton, ON, L8P 2C7
Dates: Nov 1 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Thu 4 pm-5:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Thursdays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Tuesday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: St Mary's Church, 56 Mulberry St, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2C7
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Tue 4 pm-5:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Tuesdays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Tuesday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 280 Melvin Ave, Hamilton, ON, L8H 2K2
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Tue 4 pm-5:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Tuesdays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Wednesday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: Erskine Presbyterian Church, 19 Pearl St N, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2Y6
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Wed 5 pm-6:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Wednesdays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Out of the Cold Day Program – Wednesday
Hamilton Out of the Cold
Phone: 905-308-8447
Contact:
Address: St. Stephen on the Mount Anglican Church, 625 Concession St, Hamilton, ON, L8V 1B7
Dates: Nov 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Hours: Wed 4:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Families or individuals in need who are on a low income.
How to apply:
Provides free hot meals to people in need on Tuesdays. Organized through Hamilton Out of the Cold which is a not-for-profit, non-denominational program serving hot nutritious meals six days a week from 10 locations throughout November to March.
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Seniors Fitness and Breakfast
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
Phone: 905-574-1334 x305
Contact:
Address: Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton, ON, L9C 2V2
Hours: Tue & Fri; fitness program 9:30 am-10:30 am; breakfast 10:30 am-11:00 am
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Age 55 years and older; Older adults, with no strict age requirements
How to apply: No registration required
Free program focused on wellness for seniors includes exercise with YWCA staff and breakfast.
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Seniors Luncheon
St. James United Church
Phone: 905-689-6223
Contact: Wendy Thomson, Administrator
Address: 306 Parkside Dr, Waterdown, ON, L0R 2H0
Dates: Sep-May
Hours: Church Office Tue-Thu 9 am-4:30 pm
Cost: Program - $5
Who can access this service?: Open to all seniors
How to apply: Call or email to reserve your seat(s) by noon on the Friday before the lunch.
Program offers a lunch for all seniors.
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Soup Kitchen
Salvation Army (The)
Phone: 905-527-1444
Contact: James Moulton, Executive Director
Address: 94 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1R6
Hours: Breakfast: 7 am * Lunch: 11:45 am * Dinner: 5 pm
Cost: None - $1 per meal or $10 for one meal per day for one month
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply:
Hot meals provided to the public and residents of the Booth Centre men's shelter. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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The Table
Hamilton Dream Center (The)
Phone: 905-527-8605
Contact:
Address: 627 Main St E, Hamilton, ON, L8M 1J5
Hours: Wed 6:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Open to all
How to apply:
Serves free hot take-away meals
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Wesley Day Centre
Wesley
Phone: 905-528-5640
Contact:
Address: 195 Ferguson Ave N, Hamilton, ON, L8L 8J1
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30 am-1:30 pm, Sun 1- pm-6 pm * Health Clinic: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Age 22 years and older; At-risk and vulnerable individuals
How to apply:
Drop-in centre offering daily meals and recreation, harm reduction groups, health care services, professional services, housing support, and social engagement programming. Includes onsite health clinic and Ontario Works office.
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Willow’s Place
Mission Services of Hamilton
Phone: 905-528-4211 x1200
Contact:
Address: 196 Wentworth St N, Hamilton, ON, L8L 5V7
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am-3 pm
Cost: None
Who can access this service?: Any woman or person who identifies as a woman
How to apply: Drop in or contact for information
This drop in centre provides a safe, female-identified space for women to receive compassionate care in a way that creates opportunities to build on their strengths. The women have access to meals, a washer and dryer, personal hygiene products, and can participate in free, women-led activities like yoga, creative writing, craft workshops, and cooking classes.