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 @ 7 pm

Free community meal “Soup and More” 2 days each week Mon, Wed. 11am-1:30pm * spiritual counselling and prayer available * accepts monetary and food donations

Community Meals Programs, Stratford

COVID19 revisions noted on each one

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

Breakfast Programs:

Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie St – every Thu at 8:30 am (PER1902) – no meals Dec 24 to Jan 1 Paused during COVID19

Lunch programs:

For Seniors 60 and older – Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie St * every Wed at 11:30 am (PER1902) * no meals Dec 24 to Jan 1 Take away only during COVID19 Wed and Fri 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Delivery now available

Dinner programs:

Christian Reform Church,(CRC) 190 Athlone Cres – Nov to Apr @ 5:15 p.m. * 1st and 3rd expect Dec 17, 2019. Three meals in Mar, 2010 – Nov 5, Nov 19, Dec 3, Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, Mar 3, Mar 17, Mar 31 and Apr 14 (PER0193)Paused during COVID19

Knox Church, 142 Ontario St, Stratford – Oct to Apr @ 5:15 pm * Oct 4, Dec 13, February 14 and Apr 24 (PER0246)

Bethel Pentecostal Church – year round * 3rd Fri @ 5:15 * held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 142 Ontario St., Stratford Paused during COVID19

Local Community Food Centre, (LCFC) 612 Erie St, Stratford – Mon 5:15 pm * Oct – May (PER1902) * no meals at Local Dec 23 to Jan 2 Take away only * Mon 5 pm-6 pm * delivery now available

Parkview Church, 470 Ontario St, Stratford – None for 2019-2020

Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Rd, Stratford – Once a year Dec 14, 2019 ONLY – To Straford with Love

St Andrews Church, 25 St Andrew St, Stratford – 1st, 3rd and 4th Wed Nov – Apr @ 5:30 * no meal Dec 24, 2019 (PER2202)

St James Anglican, 6 Hamilton St, Stratford – Dec 25th only at 12 noon (PER2539)

St. James Anglican, 6 Hamilton St. Stratford – Nov 1, Dec 6, Feb 7, Mar 6 and Apr 3 @ 5:15

St Joseph’s Church, 96 Huron St, Stratford – 3rd Thu each month at 5 pm * year round (PER0249)COVID19 plan to have take-out community meal Thursday April 16, 2020 5 pm-6 pm from St. Joseph’s Parish Hall

Zion Church, 202 Erie St, Stratford – Oct to May @ 5 p.m. * last Fri. of every month except Dec – Oct 25, Nov 29, Jan 31, Feb 28, Mar 27, Apr 24 and May 29 ( PER2203)Paused during COVID19

Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave, Stratford -Oct to May @ 5:15 Meals last Sun except Dec (PER0223)Paused during COVID19

Avon Mennonite Church – 90 Greenwood Court, Stratford – Oct – May – second Thu @ 5:15(PER0222) Paused during COVID19

Jubilee Christian Fellowship – 707 Downie Street, Stratford * 2nd and 4th @ 5:15 * held at St. Paul’s Church, 9 Douro St., Paused during COVID19

Memorial Baptist Church 113 Bruce St, Stratford – Oct to May * fourth Thu @ 5:15Paused during COVID19

St. Marys United Church, 85 Church St South, St. Marys * every other Monday @ 5:00. Moved to Tuesday for Thanksgiving, Easter and Victoria Day Paused during COVID19

Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society

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

COVID19 Food Bank is operating as close to zero contact to protect both staff and recipients * Individuals needing assistance call in to the office, text 519-291-0116 or EMAIL to book a pick up time and to give an idea of the household size * Pick up time provided when recipients can pick up the items from our waiting area. If individuals are unable to pick up due to COVID-19, or other health limitations, at this time allowing for third party pick up whether by a friend or a social services support person – must indicate this.

Food bank

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

Zion Lutheran Church

COVID19Paused during COVID19

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

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 during COVID19 takeaway meals only for pickup in parking lot Mon 5 pm-6 pm, Wed 11:30 am-12:30 pm and Fri 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Delivery now available within Stratford city limits. 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 Mon 5 pm-6 pm and limited to 5 people at a time

COVID19Peer Advocacy open during takeaway meal hours to direct clients to appropriate services. All other programs paused

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.

For our current programming schedule see the website

Stratford House of Blessing

COVID19 Foodbank remains open at this time. Tue – Thu 10 am-12 noon and 1 pm-3 pm
*Procedures have changed. When you arrive, you will wait in line outside, so please dress for the weather.
*Please bring your own bags to repackage the prepacked boxes if you wish
***If you are feeling unwell please call us at 519-273-3433 to make other arrangements***
All other services have been cancelled until further notice.
For Food and Financial donations please visit website at

Food bank * can be accessed once a month * offers milk, eggs, bread, canned goods, juice, pasta, sauce, cereal, and school snacks* provides 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 hampers * 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 COVID19 Preparing food hampers for clients

St James Anglican Church

COVID19 Running as usual during COVID19 * prepackaged food

Food bank * can be accessed once a month * stocked and staffed by the parishioners * try 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 * 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 separate entry for details

Salvation Army (The)

COVID19 – During COVID19 food bank open Fri 10 am-12 noon * 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

Huron East. Municipal Office

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

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 at 11 am * Wed service 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 service at Sun at 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 as per hours. Order one week in advance

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

Food is available to anyone in the community who is in need * available by phone only * approximately 7 days of food.

Food donations can be made at Bayfield Library (18 Main St., Bayfield) – tub in front entrance

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 Joyce-519-531-0216 EMAIL JOYCE, Roxane-519-357-6292 EMAIL ROXANE or Jessica-519-357-4093 EMAIL JESSICA

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

Food bank * 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. That will help keep minimal people in the waiting room together. If you have walked you are welcome to sit in the waiting room.
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 * five-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 Thursdays 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 food bank call for appointment only 519-524-1087 * Daily soup program paused

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 and families with 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 – During COVID19 for food bank you must call to book a pick up time to get a food hamper. All other times by special appointments. Deliveries to Lucknow, Brussels and Blyth the first Wednesday of each month, you must register the day before by noon (FIRM). Deliveries to Teeswater and in Wingham can also be arranged for another day. Must call office to book delivery.

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
Emergency support for utilities and rent (provided there are funds in the budget)
Financial assistance for medications
General Counselling
The Open Door (last Friday of the month excluding July, August, Nov & Dec), free lunch or coffee & pastries
Christmas food hampers and toy hampers

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 (cancelled 2020 due to COVID-19) 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

COVID19During COVID19 Outreach Worker is providing intake services over the phone rather than in person and non-essential visitors are not allowed entry to our Living Options For Youth Program wing

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

Also provide free income tax assistance

Volunteers are all welcome.

Salvation Army

COVID19 Tax return assistance available – 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 call/text Gwyneth on cell
Format changed but food bank open, LEAP and OESP application assistance still available. Call for information.
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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