Guelph Food Bank (GFB) was established
by Spiritwind Christian Centre in 1989.
‘Self-Help Shopping Model’
Guelph Food Bank has made some exciting changes this year! After 30 years of running our hamper program, we have made the switch to our new ‘Self-Help Shopping Model.’ This model allows clients to use a monthly allotment of points to make decisions based on their special individual and family needs as to what they take and bring home. This method reinforces client dignity, self-help, personal choices, and encourages self-development.
Food Bank clients vary in age, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they are all faced with financial hardship. Due to illness, short-term crisis, job loss, adverse economic conditions, and the ever-increasing cost of living, our clients cannot afford to buy the needed groceries to adequately feed themselves and/or their families.
GFB Agency Distribution Programs & Community Excess Programs distributed food to 27 local agencies, neighbouring food banks, and pantries, supporting more than 45 locations.
Over 1.6 million lbs of food was distributed in 2017.
Our goal is not only to help meet the needs of our clients in the short term, but also to help clients become self-sufficient and gain and maintain self-worth / esteem to eventually stand on their own with little or no help.
We Need Your Support
Guelph Food Bank relies on the support of our community through food drives, on-going bin collections in stores, direct recovery from manufacturers & distributors, and through our affiliations as the local member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) and affiliate member of Food Banks Canada.