Food Programs & Distribution
Hamper, Perishable Excess, Community Support, Agency Distribution, and Local Disaster Relief Programs
Local food drives run to support these programs, on-going collection bins in stores, direct recovery from stores, manufacturers, and distributors, recovery of product across Ontario and Canada through National Food Share, Food Bank Canada programs – Loblaws/Zehrs, Target, Wal-Mart, South-Western Food Hub, OAFB Milk Program – Milk Marketing Board, OAFB Egg Program – Egg Farmers of Ontario, OAFB Pork Program – Ontario Pork Producers, Food Recovery from retailers, farmers, local suppliers, markets, orchards, U of G, Syngenta, Plant A Row Grow A Row, Buy Local Share Local, etc. Distribution of perishable and non-perishable food by GFB to a satellite food bank at U of G; to agencies – Women In Crisis, Wyndham House (3 homes), Chalmers CSC (2 sites), Dunara Recovery Homes (3 homes); to Neighbourhood Groups – Brant Avenue, Grange Hill East, Parkwood Gardens (2 sites), Two Rivers (2 sites), West Willow Village (4 sites); to support groups – Michael House, Onward Willow, Salvation Army, Stonehenge; area food banks – Acton, Erin, Fergus (hub for Arthur, Harriston, Mt. Forest, Palmerston, and Drayton), Orangeville.
Job and Placement Programs
Individual Referral, and Direction for Retraining, Peer Work Programs, Community Service Programs
Individual referrals and direction for training are given through co-op programs from Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board high schools, U of G, and local colleges. Other programs include Summer Career Student placements; Training for New Canadians and Landed Immigrants; and Peer Work Programs to help individuals to assimilate themselves into the regular job force or to simply interact with other people to develop social interaction and work skills. Court-awarded hours through Accord, John Howard Society, and Alternative Measures are also accommodated.
Help With Skills
Budget, Debt and Credit Counselling, Life Skills Counselling, Referrals For Other Needs, Advocacy on Behalf Of Clients
The Guelph Food Bank also offers support with services and programs, such as individual or group sessions (follow-up free to clients), nutrition and cooking skills, parenting and childcare skills, housekeeping and basic life skills, information distribution and referral information regarding housing, jobs, government support programs, eg, Health Card, Ombudsman, and assisted housing supports.
Other Support Programs
Clothing Exchange, Adopt-A-Family – Christmas Program, Community Awareness, Silent Auctions, InkJet and Cell Phone Recycling Program, and CVI Tax Clinics.
The Clothing Exchange provides a means for people in the community to donate and exchange clothing. At Christmas time, the Adopt-A-Family program works to help businesses, families, and individuals give support to families in need. Through various media, the GFB informs the community of current events. Stores, businesses, and individuals may donate their discarded cell phones and/or InkJet cartridges to the GFB: this helps us to raise funds and recycle simultaneously. CVI Tax Clinic is a free Income Tax Clinic for registered GFB clients that runs in the months of March & April, in order to have client’s taxes filed on time and thus receive government benefits.
Our goal is to see people be self-sufficient, but your help is needed in the interim. We are NOT Government or United Way Funded.
You can help support these programs with a one-time cash donation or ongoing donations by involvement in our Become-A-Partner Program. Download the Become-A-Partner Program form. This form is in PDF file format. To view PDF files, you require Adobe Acrobat Reader program installed on your computer.Download Form