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 all. 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 and Thursdays October to December 9:15 am to 11:30 am and 1:15 pm 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 – Closed Wednesday, December 27th
  • Contact Church Office at 519-271-6722
  • Open to all, year round. Eligible once every four weeks
  • 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
  • Open to Milverton, Ellice and Mornington Ward residents. One pick-up per month.

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 Mondays to Friday, 9:30 am to 3:00 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

  • 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.

May to September Meals Available

Bethel at Knox Church

Every third Friday at 5:15 pm

St. Joseph’s Parish

Every third Thursday at 5:00 pm

The Local Community Food Centre

  • Breakfast is served every Thursday morning at 8:30 am.
  • Senior’s Lunch (60 years and older) is served every Wednesday at 11:30 am.
  • Dinner is served every Monday evening at 5:15 pm.
  • Note, there are no meals at The Local Community Food Centre December 23rd to January 2nd.

Evening Hot Meal Programs In Stratford

Open to All – Drop in!

Avon Mennonite
90 Greenwood Drive
Every second Wednesday from October to May at 5:15 pm

  • November 8th
  • December 13th
  • January 10th
  • February 14th
  • March 14th
  • April 11th
  • May 9th

Avondale United Church
194 Avondale Avenue
Last Sunday of most months from October to May at 5:15 pm

  • November 26th
  • January 28th
  • February 25th
  • March 25th
  • April 29th
  • May 27th

Jubilee Christian Fellowship usually held at St. Paul’s Church
707 Downie Street
Some Tuesdays from November to April at 5:15 pm

  • February 13th

Knox Presbyterian Church
142 Ontario Street

Events held by Knox Presbyterian Church and Bethel Pentecostal Church:

  • November 17th
  • December 8th and 15th
  • January 19th
  • February 9th and 16th
  • March 16th
  • April 13th and 20th
  • May 18th

Memorial Baptist Church 
113 Bruce Street
Every forth Thursday from October to May at 5:15 pm

  • November 23rd
  • December 28th
  • January 25th
  • February 22nd
  • March 22nd
  • April 26th
  • May 24th

Parkview United Church
470 Ontario Street
First Thursday of the month from November to April at 5:15 pm

  • December 7th
  • January 4th
  • February 1st
  • March 1st
  • April 5th

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
25 St. Andrew Street
Many Wednesdays from November to April at 5:15 pm

  • November 15th, 22nd and 29nd
  • December 6th and 20th
  • January 3rd, 17th, 24th and 31st
  • February 7th, 21st, 28th
  • March 7th, 21st and 28th
  • April 4th, 18th and 25th

St. James Anglican Church
Some first Fridays of the month from December to April at 5:15 pm

  • December 1st
  • February 2nd
  • March 2nd
  • April 6th

St. Joseph’s Parish Hall
96 Huron Street
Every third Thursday, all year round at 5:00 pm

  • November 16th
  • December 21st
  • January 18th
  • February 15th
  • March 15th
  • April 19th
  • May 17th

St. Paul’s Church 
9 Douro Street at 5:15 pm

Held by Jubilee Christian Fellowship:

  • November 14th and 28th
  • December 12th, 19th and 26th
  • January 9th and 23rd
  • February 27th
  • March 13th and 27th
  • April 10th and 17th

Stratford Christian Reform Church
190 Athlone Crescent
Some Tuesdays November to April at 5:15 pm

  • November 21st
  • December 5th
  • January 16th and 30th
  • February 6th and 20th
  • March 6th and 20th
  • April 3rd

The Local Community Food Centre
612 Erie Street

  • Every Monday night from 5:15 pm (year round).
  • Note there is no meal December 25th Christmas Day or January 1st New Year’s Day

To Stratford with Love Meal

Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road

  • December 16, 2017 only

Zion Lutheran Church
202 Erie Street
Almost every forth Friday from October to May at 5:00 pm

  • November 24th
  • January 26th
  • February 23rd
  • April 27th
  • May 25th

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 2017. Dates and times are subject to change.