Emergency Food

Food is another important basic need that you may be struggling with. For immediate needs, food hampers are available from a number of locations: the House of Friendship of Kitchener, the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, and many community centres and local churches.

Sometimes you just need a place to get a meal. St John's Kitchen provides a nutritious lunch in Kitchener, and the Trinity Community Table has a meal program in Cambridge.

As with each section of the Basic Needs Guide, we encourage you to contact any program that looks useful to you for more details. We also recommend contacting our office (519-579-3800) for the latest contact information on these or any other community and government services that may benefit you and your family. Our enquiry counsellors are also available to refer you to additional programs that go beyond the scope of this guide, such as congregate dining, community gardens and meal deliveries.


Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank, Emergency Food Assistance Program

54 Ainslie St S, Cambridge

phone: 622-6550

Cambridge Vineyard

147 Elgin St N, Cambridge

phone: 623-4639 (Tuesdays), 740-8463 (admin)

House of Friendship of Kitchener, Community Services, Emergency Food Hamper Program

807 Guelph St, Kitchener

phone: 742-0662

The Salvation Army, Community and Family Services

16 Shade St, Cambridge

phone: 623-1221

The Salvation Army, Community and Family Services

1-300 Gage Ave, Kitchener

phone: 745-4215

crisis: 744-4666 (after hours)

The Society of St Vincent De Paul
  • Blessed Sacrament Church, 305 Laurentian Dr, Kitchener; 519-742-5061
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 173 Lourdes St, Waterloo; 519-886-0342
  • Sacred Heart Church, 66 Shanley St, Kitchener; 519-742-5831
  • St Agnes Church, 75 Bluevale Rd N, Waterloo; 519-885-4480
  • St Anne's Church, 268 King St E, Kitchener; 519-745-5302
  • St Anthony Daniel Church, 29 Midland Dr, Kitchener; 519-893-6960
  • St John's Church, 85 Strange St, Kitchener; 519-745-7855
  • St Joseph's Church, 148 Madison St S, Kitchener; 519-745-9302
  • St Mark's Church, 55 Driftwood Dr, Kitchener; 519-571-8485
  • St Mary's Church, 56 Duke St W, Kitchener; 519-576-3860
  • St Michael's Church, University Ave W at Hemlock, Waterloo; 519-884-9311
  • St Teresa's Church, 44 Leonard St, Kitchener; 519-743-4525
Waterloo Region. Social Services Department, Social Planning, Policy and Program Administration, Community Outreach Program

phone: 883-2290

Wilmot Family Resource Centre Inc, Food Bank

175 Waterloo St, Unit 1, New Hamburg

phone: 662-2731

Woolwich Community Services, Food Basket Program

73 Arthur St S, Elmira

phone: 669-5139

Community Meal Programs

Kitchener. Community Services Department, Centres for Adults 50+, Rockway Centre, Noon Hour Meals

1405 King St E, Kitchener

phone: 741-2507, 741-2512 (reservations)

The Popcorn House Community Resource Centre

292 Shepherd Ave, Cambridge

phone: 654-9444

Ray of Hope, Inc, Oasis Drop-In Centre

37 Market Lane, Box 1652, Kitchener

phone: 744-2794, 744-0833 (Drop In)

The Society of St Vincent De Paul

328 King St W, Kitchener

phone: 742-8622

Trinity Community Table

Trinity Anglican Church, 12 Blair Rd, Cambridge

phone: 621-8860

Waterloo. Department of Recreation and Leisure Services, Home Support Services, Diners' Service

185 King St S, Waterloo

phone: 579-6930

The Working Centre, St John's Kitchen

97 Victoria St N, 2nd Flr, Kitchener

phone: 745-8928, 743-1151 (admin)

School Breakfast Programs

Nutrition for Learning

St Joesph's School, 160 Courtland Ave E, Kitchener

phone: 579-5745

Other Food Programs

Ebytown Food Coop

Your Kitchener Market, 300 King St E, Kitchener

phone: 585-1866

Woolwich Community Services, Growing Together

73 Arthur St S, Elmira

phone: 669-5139

The Working Centre, Community Tools Projects, Urban Agriculture

58 Queen St S, Kitchener

phone: 743-1151