Food Banks

Food Banks and Emergency Food programs provide individuals and families with grocery items free of charge.

Blue Door Food Pantry

Phone:
Fax Number: 905-527-8205
Contact:
Brenda Paszkat, Community Volunteer, Hamilton Dream Center
Email: Web: Address:
627 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1J5, Canada
Hours:
Pick-ups are by appointment only
9:30 am-11 am
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Individuals on low working income or low pension income who live in the City of Hamilton.  Only OW and ODSP recipients living in the service area of Wellington St. to Parkdale Ave. and Cumberland Ave. to Burlington St. may have access to this service.

How to apply:

By appointment only. Must provide an income statement, a rent receipt, proof of address, and photo ID for each person listed on file.

Provides food and clothing to individuals in need.

East Hamilton Food Centre Emergency Food Bank

Phone:
Contact:
Email: Web: Address:
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all families and individuals who are on a low income and in need of food assistance.

How to apply:

To register bring identification for all members of the household, proof of address, rent or mortgage statements, and copies of utility statements. Contact or visit the website for more details.

An emergency food bank operated in partnership with Davis Creek neighbourhood organization. Also offers hygiene supplies when available.

Venture Centre Market Place Emergency Food and Clothing Bank

Phone:
Contact:
Mark Tennant
Email: Web: Address:
155 Cannon St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2A6, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all families (including newcomer families) and individuals that meet a low income assessment.

How to apply:

Contact for information. An attendant will schedule an appointment for the caller to attend for registration.

Provides emergency food and clothing for families and individuals in need.

Parkview Church Emergency Food Program

Phone:
Contact:
Jon Huxtable, Minister
Email:
Web: Address:
1120 West 5th Street, Hamilton, ON L9B 1J6, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Individuals and families in need of food assistance.

How to apply:

No application required, service is first-come first-served. Please bring ID and proof of income (such as a stub from Ontario Works or ODSP) or a referral slip from a referring agency.

Distributes food to Hamilton residents through donations from local bakeries and grocery stores. This is NOT a food bank, but can occasionally supplement what individuals or families receive from food banks.

Native Women's Centre Emergency Outreach Program

Phone:
Crisis Line Number: 1-888-308-6559
Fax Number: 905-664-1101
Contact:
Vicki Montour, Executive Assistant
Email: Web: Address:
Hours:
Food delivery hours vary, contact for details
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Indigenous individuals and families living in Hamilton.

How to apply:

Call the office and leave a message to register for a food delivery.

Provides emergency food hampers to Indigenous people living in the Hamilton area who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Food hampers are delivered to the applicants homes.

Flamborough Food Bank Services

Phone:
Contact:
Email: Web: Address:
1432 Centre Rd, Carlisle, ON L0R 1H1, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to individuals and families in need of food and personal care supplements who are not registered at another food bank.

How to apply:

Registration form needs to be filled out at the food bank. Bring Photo ID, proof of residency, income and major expenses.

Community food bank located in Carlisle United Church. 

Food drop off sites include:

  • Sobeys (255 Dundas Street East, Waterdown)
  • Fortino’s (115 Hamilton Street North, Waterdown)
  • Waterdown Fire Station 24 (252 Parkside Drive, Waterdown)

For major donations please call in advance, donation are not accepted during office hours.

All Nations Full Gospel Church Food Bank

Phone:
Contact:
Dike Odimuko, Pastor
Email: Web:
Address:
1209 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8K 1A3, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all.

How to apply:

Photo ID is required to access the food bank.

Provides emergency food assistance to people in need.

Ancaster Community Services Food Bank

Phone:
Contact:
Email: Web: Address:
300 Wilson St E, Ancaster, ON L9G 2B9, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Low income individuals and families who live in Ancaster or the surrounding area

How to apply:

Call to book an appointment. ID with proof of address for each household member required. Proof of income and expenses required. 

Provides non-perishable food on an emergency basis to residents on a fixed or low income.

Hamilton Jewish Social Services Food Bank

Phone:
Work: 905-627-9922 x25
Contact:
Alexis Wenzowski, Executive Director
Email: Web: Address:
30 King St E, Dundas, ON L9H 1B8, Canada
Hours:
Mon-Thu
10am-3pm
Temporary office hours during COVID-19.
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Applicants must attend an interview to determine eligibility.

How to apply:

Contact to arrange an interview.

Provides Kosher food and personal care products to families and individuals. Allows clients to collect their own goods according to the size of the household and their needs.

Restoration House Hamilton Food Bank

Phone:
Contact:
Olayinka Dada, Senior Pastor
Email: Web: Address:
103 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C2, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to any family or individual in need of food assistance.

How to apply:

Contact for information about how to apply.

Offers emergency food assistance to all persons living in poverty and with low incomes.

Salvation Army Dundas Food Bank

Phone:
Fax Number: 905-627-5405
Contact:
Shirley Molloy, Executive Director, Salvation Army, Hamilton Community and Family Services
Email:
Web:
Address:
150 King St W, Dundas, ON L9H 1V4, Canada
Hours:
Program is open by appointment only during COVID-19.
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all families and individuals who are in need and on a low income.

How to apply:

Call ahead to make an appointment.

Provides emergency help in the form of a community food bank. The food bank sometimes has fresh fruits and vegetables.

Salvation Army Central Hamilton Food Bank

Phone:
Fax Number: 905-540-4445
Contact:
Shirley Molloy, Executive Director, Salvation Army, Hamilton Community and Family Services
Email:
Web:
Address:
80 Bay St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 3N3, Canada
Hours:
Program is open by appointment only during COVID-19.
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all families and individuals who are in need and on a low income. Users can access the food bank monthly, to a maximum of 12 times per year.

How to apply:

No application required.

Provides emergency help in the form of a community food bank.

Welcome Inn Community Centre Food Bank

Phone:
Contact:
Krista Rao, Community Programs Coordinator
Email: Web: Address:
40 Wood St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3Y3, Canada
Hours:
Mon, Wed-Fri
10:30 am-2 pm
Revised hours 2021
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all

How to apply:

Contact for information. ID with proof of address is required for each household member.

Emergency food bank providing three-day supply of food and personal hygiene products. Can be accessed once per household every 30 days.

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre Food Bank and Emergency Services

Phone:
Fax Number: 905-574-1688
Contact:
Charlotte Redekop-Young, Manager of Emergency Food Services
Email: Web: Address:
28 Athens Street, Hamilton, ON L9C 3K9
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Families or individuals who are in need of food assistance, are on a low income, and reside on the Hamilton mountain.

How to apply:

Contact for information and to book intake appointment. Bring identification for all members of the household, proof of address, and proof of income.

Provides supplementary and emergency food, for residents of Hamilton mountain and neighbouring communities. Pet food assistance is also available.  A mobile food bank is available for community members who are unable to get to travel to the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre.

King's Way Outreach Centre Food Pantry (The)

Phone:
Fax Number: 905-308-7798
Contact:
Antoinette Laffrenier, Operations Manager
Email: Web: Address:
649 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1E5, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Families or individuals who are in need  of food assistance and are on a low income.

How to apply:

No registration or ID required. Bring own bags.

Grocery baskets provided to those in need upon request as food items are available. Donations for the food pantry accepted during hours of operation.

Food with Grace Waterdown Food Bank

Phone:
Work: 905-689-6715 x80
Contact:
Cindy Allen, Parish Administrator
Email: Web: Address:
157 Mill St N, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Families or individuals in need of food assistance or personal care items.

How to apply:

Call to make an appointment.

This program provides emergency food parcels and personal care items for families and individuals in need of assistance.

During COVID those seeking food assistance will be provided with pre-made bags of food at the entrance door by appointment.

Donations of non-perishable items can be dropped off in the Food with Grace boxes at Sobey's, Fortino's, or No Frill's stores in Waterdown, or at Grace Anglican Church. Or a monetary donation can be made to the church.

Crown Point Community Church The Giving Cupboard

Phone:
Contact:
Liana Brown, Pastor
Email: Web: Address:
92 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON L8H 3Z1, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all residents of the Crown Point neighbourhood.

How to apply:

Contact for information about the application procedure.

Food pantry, stocked with non perishable staples for those in need in the neighbourhood. Clients can shop once every calendar month, using a points system.

Glanbrook Community Food Bank

Phone:
Contact:
Email: Web:
Address:
1307 Woodburn Rd, Hannon, ON L0R 1P0, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Low income individuals and families residing in the Glanbrook area.

How to apply:

Call or drop in for information about application procedures.

Community food bank operated by Christ Anglican Church that provides emergency help to individuals and families.

Good Food Centre

Phone:
Toll-Free Number: 1-877-542-2732
Contact:
Sue Smith, Director of Food Services
Email: Web: Address:
196 Wentworth St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 5V7, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all families and individuals who are on a low income and in need of food assistance.

How to apply:

Contact for information or to book an appointment. Bring: identification for all members of the household, proof of address, rent or mortgage statements, and copies of utility statements.

Provides emergency access to food in a community-based setting while working to improve skills related to healthy eating. Each hamper aims to include all 5 food groups and each contains a 3-5 day supply of food for every person in the household. Hamper contents depend of availability, can also provide personal care items such as toothpaste, diapers, and razors.

Infant Formula and Diaper Bank

Phone:
Fax Number: 289-799-9541
Contact:
Raven vanBommel, Founder and Executive Director
Email: Web: Address:
100 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 3W7, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Families and Individuals with children aged 0-3 years who are in need of assistance.

How to apply:

Valid ID for each qualifying family member is required for registration.

Provides emergency supply of infant formula, baby food, and diapers to families with children aged 0-3 years. Assistance provided up to once every 2 months.

Niwasa Food Bank

Phone:
Work: 905-549-4884 x416
Contact:
Email: Web: Address:
785 Britannia Ave, Hamilton, ON L8H 2B6, Canada
Hours:
Mon 9 am-12 pm, Wed 12 pm-3 pm for scheduled pick-ups
Scheduled deliveries on Tues, Fri
Operating by appointment only during COVID-19
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all

How to apply:

Photo identification required

Provides food to Hamilton residents in need.  Provides delivery to seniors and those not able to pick up. 

ICNA Relief Canada Resource Centre and Food Bank

Phone:
Contact:
Abu Noman Tarek
Email: Web: Address:
Hours:
Hours vary, contact to book a time
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Individuals or families on a low income in the greater Hamilton area.

How to apply:

Online registration is required. After registration proof of income needs to be emailed to hamiltonfb@icnareliefcanada.ca

Provides deliveries of food to applicants homes once per month. The program is a community-supported project that completely dependent on donations of cash and non-perishable foods. Home delivery only.

Stacey's Place Youth Food Bank and Rock Shop

Phone:
Work: 905-528-7625 x259
Fax Number: 905-526-8723
Contact:
Melissa Henley, Food Bank Coordinator
Email: Web: Address:
30 Wilson St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C5, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to everyone ages 13 to 25. ID must be shown to verify birth date.

How to apply:

No application required.

Emergency services and grocery support for youth in the Hamilton community. Provides food, clothing, hospital care packages, baby products and hygiene items. Also offers nutrition and budgeting programs as well as referrals to Living Rock's Wellness Works Coordinator.

Youth can also trade in "Rock Bucks" earned through the Living Rock educational programs to "purchase" household items or clothing.

Stoney Creek Community Food Bank Services

Phone:
Contact:
Will Rogers, Chairperson
Email:
Web:
Address:
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to any family or individual in need of food assistance and on a low income who resides in Stoney Creek.

How to apply:

A piece of I.D is required to prove residence. Ex. Utility bill, driver's license, home rental agreements etc.

Provides nutritional food to residents of Stoney Creek who are in need.

The Table, Hamilton Dream Centre

Phone:
Contact:
Email:
Web: Address:
627 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1J5, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Open to all.

How to apply:

Contact for information.

Serves free hot take-away meals to everyone, from 6:30pm until the food runs out.

Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Services and Food Bank

Phone:
Fax Number:
Contact:
Richard Roschman, Pastor
Email: Web: Address:
284 Concession St, Hamilton, ON L9A 1B3, Canada
Hours:
Cost:
None
Who can access this service:

Families and individuals who are in need and on a low income.

How to apply:

Bring identification to register as first-time user. Food bank can be used once per month.

Offers emergency services to families and individuals of any religion to assist in meeting immediate needs. Services include Food Bank and occasional clothing, furniture, and household items.