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
  • Evangelical Missionary  
  • Worship service Sunday at 10:30 am  
  • Prayer Meeting Wednesdays at 7 pm.
    Soup and More program has been permanently cancelled. No longer accepting food, monetary or clothing donations.
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 – no meals Dec 24 to Jan 1 Delivery available Coffee and light lunch available for in-person shoppers of the Fri Community Access Market 11:30 am-1 pm. Paused during COVID19.

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 Ongoing bi-weekly, starting July 13, 2021.

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, 5 pm-6 pm. Takeaway only during COVID19.

Christian Reformed Church (CRC), PER0193, 190 Athlone Cres – takeaway or delivery 5 pm. Nov 2, Nov 16, Dec 7, 2021; Jan 4, Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 15, Apr 5, 2022. Reserve by calling 519-273-1292.

Jubilee Christian Fellowship host at St. Paul’s Church PER0062, 9 Douro St, Stratford 2nd and 4th Tue @ 5:15. Take out meals to be provided Nov 9, Nov 23, Dec 14, Dec 28, 2021; Jan 11, Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 22, Apr 12, Apr 26, 2022

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 Dec 18, 2021, 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

Memorial Baptist Church PER0097, 113 Bruce St, Stratford Starting Nov 25, 2021 – will happen fourth Thu of each month, drive thru and delivery available.

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) Stratford – St. Marys Regional Community Ministries

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 at 10:30 am. Prayer held Sunday at 9:45 am before the service.

Salvation Army Listowel

Foodbank OPEN – Wed and Thu 10 am-3 pm and the first and third Tue of the month 4:30 p -6:30 pm.Please bring ID.

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

Zion Lutheran Church

Paused during COVID19

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

Town of St Marys Home Support Services

COVID19 paused

Some meal options are available by checking out newsletter online HERE, at the Friendship Centre or by calling 519-284-3272

Local Community Food Centre

COVID19 All staff and volunteers now required to be fully vaccinated including a booster shot, in order to work directly with the public. Those accessing services are not required to show proof of vaccination.

COVID19 Community meals by delivery within Stratford limits Mon 5 pm-6 pm, Wed 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 to EMAIL or leave message at 519-508-3663 Ext 1001. Senior’s Lunches – resumed on Wed, Jun 1 2022, 11:30 am.

The in-person, low-cost Access Market has returned to Fridays from 11:30am – 1pm. The Friday Market Café will resumed on Fri, Jun 1, 2022. Covid protocols are in effect so please be patient and kind with staff, volunteers, and fellow-market shoppers.

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 – remote consults available with Community Connector Matthew by appointment. Contact by EMAIL or Ext 1005.

Programs and services:

Fri 1 pm–4 pm community paramedics, addictions councilors, peer support available.

A Growing Family – Thu 4 pm-5 pm, for families of all configurations that teaches basic gardening skills and incorporates Indigenous foods and teachings Contact: Lucas Tingle 519-3663 Ext 1002, EMAIL

Compost Club – Wed 9 am– 1 pm, learn about composting and food skills regarding food waste Contact: Lucas Tingle 519-3663 Ext 1002, EMAIL

Seniors Green Team – Wed 9:30 am–11 am, start your morning by getting your hands dirty in the greenhouse Contact: Lucas Tingle 519-3663 Ext 1002, EMAIL

13 Grandmother Moons – Program is not currently running – it will resume on Sep 10, 2022. Held on the fifth day after the new moon each month, we will learn about Indigenous ways together and make some handcrafts. Contact: Matthew Maynard 519-508-3663 Ext 1005, EMAIL

Seed Feed and Lead – Program is not currently running – future program dates to be determined. – Fri 4 pm–7 pm, a fun hands on program for youth 9 – 13 yrs to learn how to cook nutritious meals. Participants bring home a batch of what they’ve made to share with their families. Contact: Ben Ingoldsby 519-508-3663 Ext 1003, EMAIL

Loving Spoonfuls – Tue 10 am-1 pm, new and expecting parents learn family-friendly recipes and cooking tips along with access to a family health nurse for any parenting questions. Kid friendly environment Contact: Ben Ingoldsby 519-508-3663 Ext 1003, EMAIL

Welcome Kitchen – Thu 3 pm–5 pm to end of August 2022. Will go back to Wed 3 pm-5 pm in Sep 2022. Program is focused on cooking and eating a communal meal, get together for a small group of individuals being introduced to The Local for the first time. Contact: Ben Ingoldsby 519-508-3663 Ext 1003, EMAIL

Kids can create their own pizzas cooked in the Stratford Chefs School wood-fired oven in the back garden at The Local. Families of all configurations welcome. Wed 5 pm-7 pm until Aug 23, 2022. No registration required – just drop in. Contact Ben Ingoldsby EMAIL or call 519-508-3663 Ext 1003 for more information

A community kitchen to prepare community meals and to teach others how to prepare wholesome meals at home. Also provides The Storehouse that 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. Have a low-cost produce market, community meal program plus many other community programming around food and advocacy. For current programming schedule see the website HERE

Urban Farming at Dufferin Park – Mon and Tue, 5 pm-7 pm. Program looks at urban farming techniques and participants work in teams. Teams share final produce items from the program. Contact: Ben Ingoldsby 519-508-3663 Ext 1003, EMAIL

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, Welcome to the World baby baskets, back to school supplies and Christmas toys.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

COVID19 Food bank remains open regular hours, 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

Food bank distributes food out the door. – open to those in need.

St James Anglican Church

The Food Bank provides the following items as available: packaged foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, bread, milk, eggs and personal care items. Please use Hamilton St entrance.

Seaforth and District Food Bank

COVID19 – During COVID19 food bank open regular hours with precautions in place.

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, frozen meats, eggs, milk and cheese slices, baby food (when available). Further arrangements can be made in emergency situations (once a month only).

Christmas Hamper – complete turkey or ham dinner. Must register in-person at Food Bank, between November 2, 2021 and December 2, 2021. Pick-up the Saturday before Christmas – December 18, 2021 between 9 am-12 pm. (MUST pick up, no delivery).

Salvation Army (The) Stratford – St. Marys Regional Community Ministries

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) Stratford – St. Marys Regional Community Ministries

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

Food Bank. Assistance can be given once a month. Appointment preferred. 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
Friends of the Community Food Bank and Resource Centre

Food bank hours remain the same.

Community food bank, 7 day supply. 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 Food Bank

Food bank – 4-5 day supply, baby food available. Can be accessed once a month. Further arrangements can be made in an emergency situation. Available items include 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. t 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.  Christmas Hamper program – contact to register.

Food bank offers canned and boxed goods. Donations of non-perishable food items always appreciated. Christmas hampers and children’s clothes and 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. Donations of non-perishable food items always appreciated.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

Daily soup program no longer running – frozen TV dinners available for emergency situations.
Thrift Store Has reopened with regular hours.

  • 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
  • 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


  • Food bank, can be accessed more than once 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 register in November.

Salvation Army (The)

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. OESP and Leap Program 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)

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.

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) Stratford – St. Marys Regional Community Ministries

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 Listowel

Food Bank – Wed and Thu 10 am-3 pm appointment preferred, Tue evenings by appointment ONLY. Call or Text Food Bank Coordinator for appointment. See PER2117

Harvest of HOPE educational garden runs Spring through Fall. EMAIL Carolyn to find out more or check Facebook page.

HOPE Eats North Perth currently paused until fall. Special event dinners during July & August – see Facebook page for details. Normally operates Wed 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. Drive through hot meal pick up at 625 Main St. E. Listowel. Pre-registration appreciated. Contact 226-622-7400 to register

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.

Back Pack for Kids Program Applications being taken for September 2022 as of Jun 30th. Distribution date to be determined. See PER0558

North Perth Sports for Kids Sports Sponsorship. If you would like assistance accessing activities for your youth and live in North Perth please call the Community & Family Services office at 519-291-3200. See PER1653

Other services provided:

  • HOPE Links North Perth (access to shower/meal/connection/laundry coming soon) Contact Steph Siertsema EMAIL or call 226-622-7400
  • Christmas Assistance. See PER1960
  • OESP application assistance

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