Where to Get Food in Thunder Bay: A List of Food Programs and Services

Note: If you would like a pamphlet version of this information, please call (807) 625-5900 and we would be happy to provide it.

Updated: November 29, 2018

Table of Contents
Table of Contents  

Emergency Programs

Food for Students


Free Daily Meals

Food Programs

Grocery Delivery

Meal Delivery

Food for Seniors

Stretching your Food Dollars


Emergency Programs


Emergency Food Programs - Southward
Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Thunder Bay Food Bank

129 Miles St. E.

(807) 626-9231

  • Open Tuesday and Friday 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (except the first week of every month)
  • Limit once a month, must bring I.D. for self and children, with current address.
Family Giving Centre

St. Thomas Anglican Church, 1400 South Edward St.

(807) 623-3608 line 2

  • Open to Westfort residents and individuals and families living in close proximity to Westfort
  • Must show I.D.
  • Please phone ahead before coming
  • Open two Fridays per month, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a free community lunch from 11:00 to 12:00 on those days
Redwood Park Opportunities Centre

532 North Edward St.

(807) 577-3463

  • Open every Thursday 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Closed the week of Christmas and New Year’s
  • Only Northwood and County Park residents
  • I.D. required
  • Limit once per month, pick-up only
  • Call for more details
The Gathering Place

239 West Amelia St.

(807) 623-8184

  • Hampers available on Tuesdays between 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Limit once a month
  • Must show I.D.
The Losier Centre

920 Sprague St., Thunder Bay Methodist Church.

(807) 622-7686

  • Food available on an emergency basis only
  • Open Wednesday 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Closed during July and August and on holidays


Emergency Food Programs - Northward
Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Elevate NWO

574 Memorial Ave.

(807) 345-1516

  • For clients only
  • Phone for details
  • Available on Wednesdays
Current River Churches Food Cupboard

361 Hodder Ave.

(807) 344-3391

  • Opens every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • For residents from Current River Ward, Lakeshore Drive, Pass Lake, and Shuniah Township
  • Requires proof of current residence
  • Can be used once every two weeks
Salvation Army Community & Family Services

545 North Cumberland St.

(807) 345-7319

  • Hampers by appointment only
  • Appointments must be made a week in advance
  • Limit once a month
  • Must show I.D., income and expense information



Food for Students

Food for Students
Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Lakehead University Food Bank

University Centre, Room 2014 B.

(807) 343-8850 

  • Open Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Closed on weekends and reduced hours during exam periods
  • For Lakehead University students only; must show I.D.
  • Limit once a month
Confederation College Food Bank

SUCCI Office, Shuniah Building, Room 160.

(807) 475-6237

  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • For Confederation College students only
  • Visit SUCCI office or call for further details







Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Rural Cupboard Food Bank

Highway 11/17, Kakabeka Falls at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

(807) 285-0836

  • For east and south rural residents only; must show: I.D., social insurance number and verification of address
  • Open every third Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Held on the second Wednesday in December)
  • Please bring your own bags



Free Daily Meals

Free Daily Meals



Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
St. Andrew's Dew Drop Inn

286 Red River Road.

(807) 345-0481

  • Daily meals from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Open to the public
Shelter House Soup Kitchen

420 George St.

(807) 623-8182

  • Lunch 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
  • Open daily to the public
  • Sandwiches available at the door
Salvation Army Soup Van

545 Cumberland St.

(807) 344-7319

  • 6:00 p.m. for Southward residents
  • 7:00 p.m. for Northward residents
  • Call for information and locations
Grace Place

235 Simpson St.

(807) 473-3538 or (807) 627-9848

  • Meals 2 times a week: Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday service, coffee and baking at 2:00 p.m.
Refreshing Waters Community Church Soup Kitchen

361 Hodder Ave.

(807) 344-3391

  • Tuesdays and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Open to the public



Food Programs

Food Programs



Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Our Kids Count

704 McKenzie St.

(807) 623-0292

  • Kitchens, food cupboards and food vouchers available for participants
Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre

401 Cumberland St N.

(807) 345-5840

  • Pre/postnatal program, community kitchen and garden
NorWest Community Health Centres

525 Simpson St.

(807) 622-8235

  • Pre/postnatal programs including cooking and food packages for program participants. Call for further details.
Beendigen Inc.

541 Luci Court.

(807) 622-5445

  • Pre/postnatal programs for Aboriginal mothers, including community kitchens, hot meals, food packages and food coupons for program participants only.
June Steeve Lendrum Family Resource Centre

283 Pearl St.

(807) 345-0311

  • Call for details

Confederation College, McIntyre Building.

(807) 475-6502

  • Pre/postnatal programs for teen mothers aged 13 to 21 looking to complete their high school education.
  • Daycare and breakfast program available for program participants. Call for further details.
Anishnawbe Mushkiki Aboriginal Health Access Centre

101 Syndicate Ave N.

(807) 343-4843

  • Pre/postnatal support
  • Healthy Kindred Kitchen Program, Healthy choices, Community Kitchens
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects Project
Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA)

380 Ray Blvd.

(807) 623-3442

  • Community kitchen last Tuesday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Grocery Delivery

Grocery Delivery



Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
George's Market

14 Balsam St.

(807) 345-7021

  • Call in grocery order any time for pick up or same day delivery
  • Call for current delivery pricing
  • Delivers within city limits and in the district (extra delivery charges)
Westfort Foods Inc.

111 Frederica St.

(807) 623-4220 option 2

  • Delivery to residents South of the Harbourview Expressway: Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday’s
  • Delivery to residents North of the Harbourview Expressway: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s
  • Fixed price of $8.50 per order
  • Deliveries made after 3:00 p.m.
  • Phone in orders before 1:00 p.m
  • Method of payment: cash, Mastercard, Visa, Debit
  • No deliveries on weekends
  • No time guarantee



Meal Delivery

Meal Delivery



Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Meals on Wheels

750 Tungsten St.

Southward: (807) 684-3667

Northward: (807) 684-2862

  • Cost: $7.25 per meal for eligible customers
  • Delivery between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by qualified volunteers
  • Call to apply, not available on weekends
George's Market

14 Balsam St.

(807) 345-7021

  • Daily lunch specials, choice of dinners
  • Call for pick up, same day delivery or more information
Blue Door Bistro

116 South Syndicate St.

(807) 623-5001

  • Frozen meal delivery
  • Call for more information



Food for Seniors

Food for Seniors

Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Senior Lunch A Month - NorWest Community Health Centres

525 Simpson St.

(807) 626-7861

  • Soup & sandwich lunch on last Monday of each month
  • Call to register, transportation is available
Thunder Bay 55+ Centre

700 River St.

(807) 684-2795

  • For people 55 and over
  • Hot lunches served Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Soup and sandwiches 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Our Kids Count Meals for 1 or 2

704 McKenzie St.

(807) 623-0292

  • Cook and take home healthy meals
  • Runs Monday mornings, call to register



Stretching Your Food Dollars

Stretching Your Food Dollars



Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Community Gardens

Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

(807) 625-5968

  • Garden plots for people to grow their own vegetables and lower their food costs
Community Kitchens

Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

(807) 625-8813

  • Small groups of people who get together to cook healthy, economical meals to take home to their families
Gleaning Program

Thunder Bay District Health Unit. 

(807) 625-5956

  • Provides transportation to local farms to pick crops for free after the main harvest
Good Food Box

Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre, 184 Camelot St.

(807) 345-7819

  • A program for people who want to buy quality, fresh, local produce at a lower price than shopping at the grocery store, delivered to their neighborhood
  • Third Thursday of every month


Last Updated: 29/11/2018