Money can be pretty tight if you’re living on your own. No one should be without food, and there are many places that are willing to help out people in tough situations. Call or drop by for details on services.

Heartland Community Church

COVID19 In-person services resumed mid-June; Soup and More cancelled until further notice.

Community Church

Community Meals Programs, Stratford

COVID19 revisions noted on each one

Hot Meal Programs – see below for date, time and location:

Breakfast Programs:

Local Community Food Centre PER1902, 612 Erie St – every Thu at 8:30 am – no meals Dec 21 to Jan 1 Paused during COVID19

Lunch programs:

Local Community Food Centre PER1902, 612 Erie St every Wed and Fri at 11:30 am-12:30 pm delivery only – no meals Dec 24 to Jan 1 Delivery ONLY

Knox Church PER0246, 142 Ontario St bi-weekly lunch meals Tue at 12 noon. Will deliver or can go in person to first door off Ontario St. in Alley – please knock. Call church to order 519-271-0373 or EMAIL Next dates Tue Jul 13 and Jul 27, 2021 ongoing bi-weekly

Dinner programs:

Local Community Food Centre PER1902, 612 Erie St, Stratford Mon 5 pm-6 pm delivery only – no meals at Dec 21 to Jan 1 Delivery ONLY

St Joseph’s Church PER2201, 96 Huron St, Stratford – 3rd Thu each month, year round, at 5 pm takeaway only

Christian Reform Church (CRC), PER0193, 190 Athlone Cres – takeaway or delivery 5 pm – Nov 17 and Dec 1, 2020; Jan 5, Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 16, Mar 2, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 6, 2021

Knox Church PER0246, 142 Ontario St, Stratford Paused during COVID19

Bethel Pentecostal Church hosts and held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 142 Ontario St., Stratford Paused during COVID19

Parkview Church PER2634, 470 Ontario St, Stratford Paused during COVID19

Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Rd, Stratford – Once a year in Dec – To Stratford with Love will be delivered in 2020. Dec 19, 2020 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. Go HERE to register

St Andrews Church PER2202, 25 St Andrew St, Stratford Paused during COVID19

St James Anglican PER2539, 6 Hamilton St. Stratford Paused during COVID19

Zion Church PER2203, 202 Erie St, Stratford Paused during COVID19

Avondale United Church PER0228, 194 Avondale Ave, Stratford Paused during COVID19

Avon Mennonite Church PER0222, 90 Greenwood Drive, Stratford Paused during COVID19 Avon Mennonite Church is no longer located at Greenwood Court so this program may not restart in this location

Jubilee Christian Fellowship host at St. Paul’s Church PER0062, 9 Douro St, Stratford 2nd and 4th @ 5:15. Take out meals to be provided Nov 24, Dec 9and Dec 22, 2020; Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 9, Mar 23, Apr 13, 2021

Memorial Baptist Church PER0097, 113 Bruce St, Stratford Paused during COVID19

St. Marys United Church PER0257, 85 Church St South, St. Marys Paused during COVID19

Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society

COVID19 no longer operating. Will repackage and provide a different program post COVID19

Children enjoy a nutritious breakfast * healthy hygiene is encouraged * children are required to brush their teeth, wash their face, and comb their hair before leaving for school * a snack is sent to school with them

Salvation Army (The)

COVID19 – During COVID19 food bank by appointment only. Prepackaged hampers. You will be asked for your name, address, date of birth and number of people in your household

Emergency food bank assistance can be accessed every thirty days. Offers canned and boxed goods. Christmas hamper and toy depot programs . Donations of non-perishable food items always appreciated.

All Volunteers are welcome.

Salvation Army

Worship services Sunday and Sunday School at 10:30 am. Prayer held Sunday at 9:45 am before the service. FREE Women’s Fellowship meets every other Monday at 2 pm for coffee & tea, food, guest speakers. Men’s Breakfast second Saturday of the month at 8:30 am Free Will Offering taken (not in July, Aug & Dec)

Salvation Army

Foodbank OPEN – please call, text or email if possible for an appointment. Masks are required on premises and can be provided if client does not have one. Please bring ID

New clients, please bring proof of address, household income and ID for ALL family members, living at primary residence.

Zion Lutheran Church

Hot meal program, open to everyone. Last Fri of the month – Oct to May (not Dec) Paused during COVID19

Town of St. Marys Home Support Services

COVID19 paused

Enjoy a nutritious meal in the company of others at the Friendship Centre HST is included

Community Meals:
Tuck Shop Lunch 1st friday every month (excluding Holidays) from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. A drop-in soup and sandwich lunch at following prices:
Tea or Coffee: $0.75
Soup OR Sandwich: $3.00
Dessert: $0.75
Soup and Sandwich Combo: $7.00 (HST inc)

For the following meals, registration is required:

Men’s Munch-1st friday each month but at 12:30pm-1:30pm, must pre-register.
Community Breakfast for $7.50 every Thu 8 am to 9 am, (1st and 3rd Thu are served, rest are buffet) * register a day or more in advance
Community Dinners for $10.00 on 1st, and 3rd Wed of each month at 5 pm * register a day or more in advance

Local Community Food Centre

COVID19 community meals by delivery ONLY within Stratford limits Mon 5 pm-6 pm, Wed and Fri 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Order by noon the day before and send address (including postal code), a contact number and number of meals required at EMAIL or leave message at 519-508-3663 ext 1001

COVID19 Low cost produce market available by delivery ONLY Thu. Must order by Thu. Contact to order

COVID19 Peer Advocacy office – if you or someone you know is in need of support services for income, access to healthy food, addictions, mental health, domestic violence, housing, tax filing, or just need someone with whom to talk – is available for remote consults with Community Connector Matthew by appointment. Contact by EMAIL or Ext 1005

Food Fit 6 week online program starting Wed Jun 30, 2021 3 pm-6 pm. To register contact Sarah at Ext 1003 or EMAIL

Community Action Training 6 week online program Tue Jun 22-Jul 27, 2021 10 am-12 noon. To register contact Matthew Maynard at Ext 1005 or EMAIL

All other programs paused

To Stratford with Love will be delivered in 2020 from The Local. Dec 19, 2020 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. Go HERE to register or HERE to volunteer.

Stratford Hospitality Worker Fund grant applications open until Jun 30, 2021 for those who have been laid off and those previously employed by one or more establishment in Stratford in 2019/2020. Call ext 1005 or EMAIL Downloadable application available HERE

A community kitchen to prepare community meals and to teach others how to prepare wholesome meals at home. Also provides The Storehouse – accepts large-scale donations from industry and agricultural sector to distribute to not-for-profit agencies, food banks and school nutrition programs throughout Perth County.
Low cost produce market
Community meal program
For our current programming schedule see the website

Stratford House of Blessing

Foodbank is open at regular hours by appointment only. Please bring your own bags to repackage the prepacked boxes.
Only one family member per onsite visit. Food delivery also available by registering online HERE
If you are feeling unwell please call 519-273-3433 to make other arrangements

Food Bank Donations accepted Fri 8:30 am-4:00 pm or by appointment EMAIL here

For Food and Financial donations please visit website

Food bank that can be accessed once a month. Offers milk, eggs, bread, canned goods, juice, pasta, sauce, cereal, and school snacks as well as meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Detergent, cleaning products, and toiletries when available. Also provide diapers and formula, clothing, back to school supplies and Christmas toys.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

COVID19 Food bank remains open regular hours,prepackaged bags, one person at a time

Food bank collects and distributes perishable and non perishable food. Food pick up on Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Hibernia St. entrance. Clients are eligible once every 4 weeks. Children can be registered through the Food Bank for the Christmas Giving Tree.

St John’s United Church

Service and Sunday School is held Sunday at 10:30 am. Also offers:

* ‘Food Shelf’ Food Bank – Fridays 9:30am-11am, open to all, one pick-up per month
* Church provides free hot meal, usually the third Sunday of select months, see separate entry for further details – St. John’s United Church Community Meals

St Paul’s Anglican Church

COVID19 Distributing food out the door

Food bank

St James Anglican Church

COVID19 Running as usual during COVID19 with prepackaged food

Food bank that can be accessed once a month. Stocked and staffed by the parishioners. Trying to help those who are experiencing financial stresses

Seaforth and District Food Bank

COVID19 – During COVID19 food bank open regular hours with precautions

Food bank can be accessed once a month when given a five-day supply of food that includes dried and canned food, seasonal (when available) fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, juices, frozen meats, eggs, milk and cheese, baby food (when available). Further arrangements can be made in emergency situations (once a month only)

Christmas hamper – complete turkey or ham dinner. Apply in November when at food bank. Pick-up Saturday before Christmas (MUST pick up, no delivery)

Salvation Army

COVID19 – During COVID19 for food bank be sure to call ahead to book appointment 519-284-2760 . Staff will prepare hamper to give you at the door. If you are feeling unwell, don’t come. Call and alternate arrangements will be made

Food bank. Provides formula and diapers when available. Provide vouchers to Salvation Army Thrift Store 35 Water St. S, St. Marys for clothes and household goods. Referrals to counselling. Christmas hampers, see HERE for details

Salvation Army (The)

COVID19 – prepackaged hampers. You will be asked for your name, address, date of birth and number of people in your household

Friday Morning Food Bank. Assistance can be given once a month. No appointment necessary. AT Upper Thames Missionary Church
Coordinate Christmas Hampers for West Perth

Huron East. Municipal Office

COVID19 offices closed

Administers services and facilities for the municipality, click here for a list of services/departments.

Click here for Town Council

Click here for Sports and Recreation

Issues Plumbing and Sewage System applications permit applications

St George’s Anglican Church

COVID19 Fishes and Loaves Community Meal to Go fifth Tue of the month (when applicable). Must Pre-reserve by visiting Fishes and Loaves Facebook page HERE or by calling 519-524-2274. Reserve meal weekly by Mon at 1 pm. Meal pickup by appointment Tue 4 pm-5 pm

Worship services Sunday at 8:00 am and 11:00 am. Services also Wednesday at 9:30 am (September-June). Sunday School at 11 am (September-June)

Trinity St. James Anglican Church

Worship services Sun at 11 am and Wed at 10:30 am. Volunteer drivers available (call church for details)

Home of the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Also offers Soup and a Movie during Lent open to the community, call for details. Church hall available to community at large for rental fee, holds 65 with a kitchen.

Sister church with Parish of the Holy Spirit, Seaforth with service Sun 9 am

Friends of the Community Food Bank and Resource Centre

COVID19 During COVID19 only one person allowed in building at a time. Food bank hours remain the same

Community food bank, 7 day supply. Resource centre (pamphlets and contacts), call for information and hours

Trinity St. James Anglican Church

COVID19 – During COVID19 Food Bank still open. Delivery or pick up of orders to be arranged. Order one week in advance

Food bank in association with the Huron County Food Distribution Centre.

Food is available to anyone in the community who is in need. Arrangements made by phoning ahead. Available by phone only. Approximately 7 days of food.

Food donations can be made at the church at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield. A collection bin is located outside at the hall side entrance facing the parking lot.

North Huron Community Food Share

COVID19 – During COVID19 open with precautions. Please wait in your vehicle. Those walking wait on the provided chairs or stand 3 meters apart and one of our staff will take your information and provide you with food
COVID19 – Emergency food hampers for New Intakes – contact foodbank

Food bank * 4-5 day supply, baby food available * can be accessed once a month * further arrangements can be made in an emergency situation *Healthy School Items, Canned Vegetables, Fruit, Meat, Fish, Soup, Cheese Whiz, Peanut Butter and hygiene products. (bring them to the site on Wednesday, or call 519-357-2277 ext 4 to make arrangements) It is helpful if you bring your own grocery bags or boxes.

Loaves and Fishes Food Bank

COVID19 food bank can be accessed twice a month at regular times. Bring list and hamper will be brought to you in your car. Will do porch delivery.
Christmas Hamper program – contact to register

Food bank that can be accessed once a month. Offers canned and boxed goods. Donations of non-perishable food items always appreciated. Christmas hampers and childrens toys

Exeter and Area Community Food Bank

COVID19 – the Exeter Community Food Bank is open at regularly scheduled times.
There are some small changes to current process at the Food Bank.
1. Please come at your specific appointment time. If you are early please wait in your vehicle if you have one.
2. We will have prepacked groceries for you according to your family size and a pre-booked appointment card for the following month. If you have a conflict with the appointment time, we ask that you call, text or email to have it changed. Please leave a message and we will do our best to respond in a timely fashion.
3. Know that we enjoy our time spent chatting but at this time we will be limiting time & contact for the safety and well-being of our volunteers and you, our clients.
4. If you are not feeling well, please call the food bank and we will do our best to make arrangements to assist you. Thank you for your cooperation as we work through this season together.

Food bank available to users once a month. Seven-day supply of non-perishable food. Users must provide proof of income and identification with current address. Donations of non-perishable food items always appreciated

Blessings Community Store

COVID19 During COVID 19 Food Bank is open the regular Thursday hours by appointment only. Food will be pre-packed with policies and guidelines in place and set outside upon arrival. If you are in need of an appointment and/or have any questions please call the Food Bank and leave a message. Someone will return your call

Self serve food bank * can be accessed once a month * appointments are needed * users must provide proof of income and identification that shows current address * thrift store * donations of non-perishable food items always appreciated

Society of St Vincent de Paul

COVID19 – During COVID19 Family Services, Food Bank and Medical Loans Cupboard continue to be available. Call 519-524-1087 and please leave a clear message including your name and phone number. Messages are checked daily.
Daily soup program paused
Thrift Store Currenly closed due to Covid-19 lock down

  • Food bank
  • Thrift store sells clothing, furniture and appliances, cookware, toys, books, and electronics
  • Emergency support for dental, eye care and medicine, rent, heat and hydro will deliver hampers of food in emergency situations and do home visits
  • Serve non-custodial parents*emergency overnight accommodation* fire and domestic violence assistance
  • Health equipment loan cupboard – free for an indefinite time period, manual wheel chairs, crutches, commodes, transfer benches and walkers – may have other equipment than what is listed. Please contact the office for more information
  • Budget and life skills support and resource liaising
  • Bibles and religious items available free
  • Daily free soup pot offered Mon through Sat – free electronic waste collection

Christmas hampers:

  • Made up for seniors, singles, families and children over age 16
  • Hampers are made to individual needs (ie. diabetic, gluten free) with fresh products
  • Hampers can be ready for specific date if requested and can be delivered in emergency situations
  • Hamper contains food, gifts, and gift certificates
  • Applications for Christmas hampers start Nov 1st and will be accepted until Dec 8 – serve non-custodial parents

Families with children under 16 must go to the CAS Christmas Bureau, but if you miss that opportunity, please call.

Volunteers always welcome!

Salvation Army

COVID19 – Because of COVID19 to access the food bank you must call to book a pick up time to get a food hamper. All other times by special appointments.


  • Food bank, can be accessed once a month, 4-7 day supply
  • Advocacy work
  • Transportation (limited availability – for medical or emergency travel)
  • Help for fire victims
  • Emergency accommodations, homeless (limited)
  • Emergency support for utilities and rent (provided there are funds in the budget)
  • Financial assistance for medications
  • General Counselling

    Christmas food hampers and toy hampers, call to registration in November

Salvation Army (The)

COVID19 – During COVID19 one person allowed in building at a time and staff will box the food.

Community and Family Services provides the following: Food Bank assistance, emergency transportation, support available for one-time emergency medicine costs, emergency accommodations, vouchers for clothing and household items, advocacy and resource referrals, support offered to send up to 5 children to Salvation Army summer camp each year (paused for 2020 due to COVID), OESP application assistance

Other services provided during applicable or specific times throughout the year include: Christmas hampers, and is an intake agency for Huron Backpacks for Kids. Call office or see separate entries for full details.

Salvation Army (The)

COVID19 – During COVID19 food bank will allow only one person in building at a time. Regular hours. During COVID-19 staff will pack the groceries for clients, and the shopping style is on hold. Delivery available in Clinton on Tue – call office to book.

Food bank, emergency transportation, support available for one-time emergency medicine costs, emergency accommodations in certain situations available for 1 to 2 nights maximum, vouchers for clothing and household items available for those in need, advocacy and resource referrals, support offered to send up to 6 children to Salvation Army summer camp each year and free hair cut clinic monthly (hair cuts on hold for COVID-19)

Other services provided during applicable or specific times throughout the year include: Christmas hampers, and is an intake agency for Huron Backpacks for Kids. Call office or see separate entries for full details.

Huron Safe Homes for Youth

COVID19 Committed to ensuring youth and their families have access to support, services and advocacy during the pandemic via telephone, email, and video conferencing. To access service please call 1-800-361-1640

Provides voluntary, confidential services for youth (16 years of age to their 18th birthday) and their families in Huron County
Services include:

  • temporary shelter in a Safe Home when the youth has no other viable alternative
  • mediation between youth and their parents/caregivers
  • short-term counselling
  • immediate and long term planning developed in conjunction with the youth and the family to address their needs
  • crisis intervention and support services for youth and/or families
  • support services for pregnant teens
  • provision of life skills training
  • education and resources
  • supported independent living
  • ability to act as a trusteeship for Ontario Works
Stratford/Perth Shelterlink

Provides emergency or transitional shelter, support services to homeless and at-risk youth across Perth County. Youth are provided with basic needs, community referrals, life skills. Constant staff support to help them move forward and into a successful independent living situation. Serving Ages 16 – 24

Salvation Army (The)

Emergency shelter referrals given to Shelterlink or Ontario Works, emergency transportation, winter clothing supplies, Christmas assistance, assistance with fire victims and Food Bank

Housing Resource Centre – Contact Chelsea Borg 519-271-6991 or EMAIL – available to assist with light-touch supports such as:

  • Preparing for Housing Searches
  • Assistance with information about possible housing options
  • Completing self-directed housing searches
  • Referrals to other support agencies
  • Connecting people into the local Homeless System of Care
  • Volunteer Trusteeship component which assists clients with money management services

Also provide free income tax assistance. See separate listing HERE

Volunteers are all welcome.

Salvation Army

Free Tax Assistance available for “Low Income” families – must make an appointment to drop off documents and sign release. Returns will be prepared, then a copy of return and personal documents will be returned by mail. For information call Thesesa at office or EMAIL
Format changed but food bank open, LEAP and OESP application assistance still available. Call for information.
Hot meals to go curbside pickup Tuesdays Jan 5-Mar 30, 2021 – enter at Maitland Ave and exit on Main St. Pre-register by EMAIL or text 226-662-4719
Back Pack for Kids Program Applications being taken for September 2020. Distribution date to be determined.
Jumpstart on hold until sport activities resume

Back Packs for Kids, Christmas Assistance, Feline Friends Network, Jumpstart/North Perth Sports for Kids Fund, emergency food services, LEAP applications, OESP applications, Tax Return Assistance by appointment only. Food Explorers program for 9 to 11 year olds. Registration required.

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