Emergency Food Assistance

Like most food banks throughout Canada the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank provides emergency food hampers to assist individuals in immediate need. Our emergency hamper program is designed to provide a variety of food items to those experiencing immediate need. The number of hampers that we distribute each month has been on the rise over the past year.

Purpose: To provide 8 emergency food hampers to individuals/families in need, per year.

This program is funded in part by the Region of Waterloo and the United Way. Individuals in need may access up to 8 emergency hampers per year but these hampers will be offset by any food vouchers accessed through the Salvation Army.

CSHFB works in partnership with the Salvation Army to provide people with emergency food assistance. In addition to providing food, the Emergency Food Assistance program distributes copies of ‘Food Links,’ a listing of food assistance programs and meal programs in Cambridge that are available throughout the week.

Satellite Locations for Emergency Food Hamper and Co-op Program

We are very grateful to the St. John’s Anglican Church in Cambridge (Preston), St. Andrew’s Hespeler Presbyterian Church (Hespeler), and to Knox United Church (Ayr) for providing the excellent space that they do for the offsite food distribution for the Food Bank

St. John’s Anglican Church

Every other Thursday food is delivered to St. John’s Anglican Church in Preston. Emergency and Co-op  programs are open from 10:00-12:00 am with one co-op staff attending.

St. Andrew’s Hespeler Presbyterian Church

On the opposite Thursday from St. John’s, St. Andrew’s church in Hespeler receives food delivery and offers both the Emergency and Co-op programs from 12pm-2pm with one co-op staff attending.

Knox United Church

On the opposite Wednesday’s at Knox United church in Ayr offers both the Emergency and Co-op programs from 1pm – 3pm with one co-op staff attending.

Food provided to community partners

The CSHFB supports over 30 community agencies with food. This includes Trinity Community Table, The Bridges and Argus House among others.

Mike’s Lunch Basket aka The Lunch Baskett

Purpose: To provide a free meal and social connection to those in need. The program is offered every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 11am-1pm.