Food Banks provide no-cost emergency food assistance. The schedule of local food bank and hot meal programs is below.

Stratford

Avondale United Church

  • Located at 194 Avondale Avenue. Enter off Huntington Street.
  • Hours are Fridays 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Contact Church Office at 519-271-7946

House of Blessing

  • Located at 423 Erie Street
  • Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Contact Office at 519-273-3433
  • Open to Stratford and area residents. One pick-up per month. Also provides diapers and formula, clothing, back to school supplies and Christmas toys.

Salvation Army

  • Located at 230 Lightbourne Avenue
  • Hours are Mondays 1:15 to 4:30 pm, Tuesdays 9:15 to 11:30 am, Thursdays 9:15 to 11:30 am and 1:15 to 4:30 pm
  • Contact Church Office at 519-271-2950
  • Open to all. By appointment only. Christmas hampers are available.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

  • Located at 96 Huron Street. Enter Church Hall off Hibernia Street
  • Hours are Wednesdays 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Contact Church Office at 519-271-6722
  • Open to all, year round. Eligible once every four weeks
  • Closed the week between Christmas and New Years Day (The Christmas Giving Tree is available to families, registration is required)

St. James Anglican Church

  • Located at 6 Hamilton Street
  • Hours are Tuesdays 9:30 am to 11:00 am, closed Tuesdays after a statutory holiday
  • Contact Church Office at 519-271-3572
  • Open to all. One pick-up per month.

St. Pauls Church 

  • Located at 9 Douro Street
  • Hours are Fridays 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Contact Church Office at 519-271-4527
  • Open to all. Once pick-up per month.

Listowel

Salvation Army 

  • Located at 326 Main Street East
  • Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm by appointment only.
  • Contact Family Service Office at 519-291-2900
  • Open to North Perth and area residents. Also provides Christmas hampers and back-to-school backpacks.

Milverton Area

Loaves and Fishes Food Bank

  • Located at Mennonite Fellowship Church, 6619 Perth Road 131
  • Hours are the First and third Tuesday each month 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Contact 519-595-8762 or after hours 519-595-4287
  • Open to Milverton, Ellice and Mornington Ward residents. One pick-up per month. Christmas hampers available.

Mitchell Area

Salvation Army 

  • Located at Upper Thames Missionary Church, 80 Roland Street
  • Hours are Fridays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Contact 519-271-2950
  • Open to Mitchell and area residents. Monthly visits, no appointment necessary.

St. Marys

Salvation Army

  • Located at 220 Queen Street East. Enter by lower level off Peel Street.
  • Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, Appointments preferred if possible.
  • Contact 519-284-2760
  • Open to St. Marys and area residents. Formula and diapers when available. Also provides Christmas hampers.

Breakfast Programs in Perth County

Yours, Mine, and Ours – Stratford

  • Located at 37 Franklin Drive
  • Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30 am to 8:30 am
  • Contact the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society, 519-271-5290 extension 2249
  • Open to children living in Ontario Housing. No cost.

Local Community Food Centre – Stratford

Wellness Breakfast:

  • Located at 612 Erie Street
  • Hours are Thursdays, Yoga at 8:00 am, Breakfast from 8:30 am to 9:00 am
  • Contact 519-508-3663
  • Open to all. No charge.

School Nutrition Programs

Breakfast, lunch and snack programs are offered to children in most schools in Perth County. To find out more about Ontario Student Nutrition Program Huron-Perth, contact Nancy Fisher at 519-440-0926.

For more information

  • Contact Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267.
  • For emergency shelter call 519-274-8000 or 1-888-829-7484 (Huron,Perth Crisis Intervention Line).

The above information was last revised September 2018. Dates and times are subject to change.