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Welcome to the Guelph Food Bank


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100 Crimea St., Unit C12
Guelph, Ontario
N1H 2Y6

PH: 519-767-1380
FX: 519-824-1640
E-mail: gfb@spiritwind.ca

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People Helping People

The Guelph Food Bank (GFB) was established by Spiritwind Christian Centre In 1989.

Through the Guelph Food Bank’s Hamper and excess programs alone we assisted over 21,600 individuals in the year 2013. Food Bank clients vary in age and ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they are all faced with financial hardship. Due to illness, short-term crisis, adverse economic conditions, and the ever increasing cost of living, our clients cannot afford to buy the needed groceries to adequately feed themselves and/or their families.

Over 30 Local Agencies, Neighbouring Food Banks and Pantries were supported through various GFB Programs. 1,110,300 pounds of food was distributed in 2013.

Our goal is not only to help meet the needs of our clients in the short term, but also to help clients become self-sufficient and gain and maintain self-worth / esteem to eventually stand on their own with little or no help from agencies and groups within this community.

For more information, contact the Guelph Food Bank at 519-767-1380.

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Calendar of Events

The Guelph Food Bank holds several different types of fundraising and community awareness events throughout the year. The GFB relies solely on the generosity of the community to help others.

Garage Sales / Silent Auctions / BBQ at GFB 100 Crimea Street – on Friday and Saturday

May through September - 8 am to 6 pm rain or shine on dates listed below

March / April GFB Annual Spring Food Drive (Distribution of grocery bags in the newspaper)
LOBLAW'S National Spring Food Drive, Client Income Tax Clinic
April Clear The Shelves and move out Madness (U of G)
May May 2&3, 9&10, 23&24, 30&31 - Garage Sales / Silent Auctions / BBQ
Corus Feed Kids - CJOY 1460 & MAGIC 106.1 - National Drive
A&W Cruise Nights - Tuesday evenings - 50/50 draw in support of GFB
National Hunger Awareness Week
June / July June 13&14, 20&21, July 4&5, 11&12, 18&19 - Garage Sales / Silent Auctions / BBQ
A&W Cruise Nights – Tuesday evenings – 50/50 draw in support of GFB 
August Aug. 15&16 - Garage Sales / Silent Auctions / BBQ
A&W Cruise Nights - Tuesday evenings - 50/50 draw in support of GFB
September Sept. 5&6,  Sat Sept 13 last day sell off - Garage Sales / Silent Auctions / BBQ
A&W Cruise Nights - Tuesday evenings - 50/50 draw in support of GFB
September / October GFB Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive (Distribution of grocery bags in the newspaper)
Guelph Storm Game with Brent Johnson, Family and Friends
October 31 Trick or Eat - City Wide Door to Door Food Collection by U of G students
November Christmas Parade Winter Food Drive Collection
Coach for Food - Hockey Food Drive
LOBLAW'S National Holiday Food Drive
December Gift Wrapping at Sears (Stone Road Mall)
Golden Griddle, CJOY & MAGIC - Breakfast in support of GFB
December Christmas Food and Toy Drive

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Hours of Operation

We are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 11am to service clients. Excess is available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 12 pm. Clothing Exchange is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and during Garage Sales.
Phones are answered Monday to Friday 9 am to 12 pm, after which we regularly check for messages and return phone calls. Our office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Rules and Regulations

Anyone faced with financial hardship may apply to the Food Bank for assistance. We are here to help. Clients must be able to show proof of need.

Clients must call 24 hours in advance to book an appointment.

New clients will have to bring:

  • 2 pieces of identification
  • Proof of address (bills or mail with your name sent to that address)
  • Proof of income for you and any other adults in the household (pay stubs, EI cards etc)
  • Proof of expenses (rent, mortgage, fixed monthly expenses, etc.)
  • Any special dietary needs (baby formula, diapers, allergies, etc)
  • Clients may only visit once in a thirty day period.

The food hamper provided should last 10 to 12 days or longer.

NOTE : Food hampers weigh in excess of 100 pounds, depending on the size of the family. Clients must arrange their own transportation to and from 100 Crimea St. Delivery may be arranged in advance with an outside delivery service after personal servicing at the GFB office by the client. Call for details – 519-767-1380.

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Our Programs Helping People

Food Programs & Distribution

Hamper, Perishable Excess, Community Support, Agency Distribution, and Local Disaster Relief Programs  

Local food drives run to support these programs, on-going collection bins in stores, direct recovery from manufacturers & distributors, recovery of product across Ontario and Canada through National Food Share, South-Western Food Hub, OAFB Milk Program - Milk Marketing Board, OAFB Egg Program – Egg Farmers of Ontario, OAFB Pork Program – Ontario Pork Producers, Food Recovery from retailers, farmers, local suppliers, markets, orchards, U of G, Syngenta, Plant A Row Grow A Row, Buy Local Share Local, Backyard Bounty, etc.  Distribution of perishable and non-perishable food by GFB to a satellite food bank at U of G; to agencies - Women In Crisis, Wyndham House (3 homes), Chalmers CSC (2 sites), Dunara Recovery Homes; to Neighbourhood Groups - Brant Avenue, Grange Hill East, Parkwood Gardens (2 sites), Two Rivers, West Willow Village (4 sites); to support groups - Michael House, Onward Willow, Salvation Army, Stonehenge; area food banks - Acton, Erin, Fergus (hub for Arthur, Harriston, Mt. Forest, Palmerston, and Drayton), Orangeville.

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Job and Placement Programs

Individual Referral, and Direction for Retraining, Peer Work Programs, Community Service Programs  

Individual referrals and direction for training are given through co-op programs from Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board high schools, U of G, and local colleges. Other programs include Summer Career Student placements; Training for New Canadians and Landed Immigrants; and Peer Work Programs to help individuals to assimilate themselves into the regular job force or to simply interact with other people to develop social interaction and work skills. Court-awarded hours through Accord, John Howard Society, and Alternative Measures are also accommodated.

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Help With Skills

Budget, Debt and Credit Counselling, Life Skills Counselling, Referrals For Other Needs, Advocacy on Behalf Of Clients 

The Guelph Food Bank also offers support with services and programs, such as individual or group sessions (follow-up free to clients), nutrition and cooking skills, parenting and childcare skills, housekeeping and basic life skills, information distribution and referral information regarding housing, jobs, government support programs, eg, Health Card, Ombudsman, and assisted housing supports.

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Other Support Programs

Clothing Exchange, Adopt-A-Family, Christmas Program, Community Awareness, Silent Auctions, InkJet and Cell Phone Recycling Program, and CVI Tax Clinics  

The Clothing Exchange provides a means for people in the community to donate and exchange clothing. At Christmas time, the Adopt-A-Family program works to help businesses, families, and individuals give support to families in need. Through various media, the GFB informs the community of current events. Stores, businesses, and individuals may donate their discarded cell phones and/or InkJet cartridges to the GFB: this helps us to raise funds and recycle simultaneously. CVI Tax Clinic is a free Income Tax Clinic for registered GFB clients that  runs in the months of March & April,  in order to have client’s taxes filed on time and thus receive government benefits.

Our goal is to see people be self-sufficient, but your help is needed in the interim. We are NOT Government or United Way Funded.

You can help support these programs with a one-time cash donation or ongoing donations by involvement in our Become-A-Partner Program. Download the Become-A-Partner Program form. This form is in PDF file format. To view PDF files, you require Adobe Acrobat Reader program installed on your computer.

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Our Volunteers

Without the thousands of volunteer man-hours given in support of the operations of the Guelph Food Bank, food would never reach those who need it.

Some volunteers donate their time on a regular basis, others are on call and ready to appear at food drives or special events, and still others drop in when they have a spare hour or two to help. Volunteers over the age of 10 are welcome, including seniors. We value all of our volunteers for who they are and for their willingness to help tackle any task. We have jobs for all ages and capabilities.

We simply could not operate with our staff of three without the care and dedication of our volunteers.

Volunteers are always needed for the Clothing Exchange and the Warehouse.

If you're interested in volunteering please download the Volunteer form and submit it to the Guelph Food Bank. This form is in PDF file format. To view PDF files, you require Adobe Acrobat Reader program installed on your computer.

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How You Can Help

  • Donate food / clothing / articles
  • Sort and put away donations
  • Plant-A-Row - Grow-A-Row
  • Organize, assist at, or collect for food drives
  • Assist at special events like garage sales, gifts wrapping, or auctions
  • Become-A-Partner (214 KB PDF file)

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Ways You Can Support Your Community

  • Run a food drive at your work place
  • Do a fundraiser, eg, BBQ, events
  • Donate monthly from your pay
  • Have your employer match your funds
  • Have a dress-down day
  • Become-A-Partner (214 KB PDF file)
  • Do a challenge in your company or your division, floor, or department.
  • Have your business sponsor an ongoing monthly or yearly cost, eg, Hydro, insurance
  • Give-In-Kind donations of merchandise
  • Support our summer garage sales and silent auctions
  • Adopt-A-Family at Christmas
  • Donate new leftover toys from staff or family Christmas parties
  • Donate Canadian Tire money
  • Donate used inkjet cartridges, toners and old cell phones

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