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

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Updated: June 2019

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Table of Contents  

Emergency Programs

Food for Students

Rural

Free Daily Meals

Food Programs

Grocery Delivery

Meal Delivery

Food for Seniors

Stretching your Food Dollars

 

Emergency Programs

Southward

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 (can be picked up by family/friend if coordinated with centre in advance)
  • 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 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Closed last week of June until the second week of September
St. Agnes - St. Vincent de Paul Society 1019 Brown St.
  • Open most Fridays 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Hampers available once every two months for southward residents only
  • Government ID required for all household members and proof of address

Northward

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

129 Miles St. E

(807) 626-9231

  • Open Tuesday and Friday 9:00 - 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
Elevate NWO

102-106 Cumberland St. N

(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
  • Cooking classes last Friday of the month

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Food for Students

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

University Centre, Room 2014B

(807) 343-8850 

  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed on weekends and any major holiday
  • For Lakehead University students only; must show I.D.
  • Limit 1 bag per month, if students have dependents: 2 bags per 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.
  • Locations: ACE - ACE Office; McIntyre - McIntyre Building Office; Shuniah - SUCCI, Student Success Centre, Apiwin Lounge
  • For Confederation College students only
  • Visit SUCCI office or call for further details

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Rural

Rural

 

 

Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Rural Cupboard Food Bank

19 Holland Road, Conmee Community Centre

(807) 285-0836

  • For rural residents outside of Thunder Bay west to Upsala and south to Pigeon River only
  • Must show I.D. of each family member, social insurance number and verification of address
  • Open every third Wednesday
  • Registration Open 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., distribution from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Held on the second Wednesday in December)
  • Please bring your own bags
  • Contact for full list of locations

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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
    • Dine-in or take-away bag
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
  • Surplus groceries distributed if available
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

  • September-June: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • July-August: Tuesday-Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday service, coffee and baking at 2:00 p.m.
  • No restrictions/applications
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

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Food Programs

Food Programs

 

 

Organization Address & Contact Information Notes
Our Kids Count

704 McKenzie St.

(807) 623-0292

  • Community kitchens, nutritional snacks provided at most programming, food vouchers available for prenatal program participants
Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre

401 Cumberland St N.

(807) 345-5840

  • Pre/postnatal program, Urban Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyles Program, Child nutrition program, community kitchen and garden
  • Call for further details
NorWest Community Health Centres

525 Simpson St.

(807) 622-8235

  • Good Food Box, community kitchens, and cooking classes, including cooking for certain conditions (e.g. diabetes).
  • Call for further details.
Beendigen Inc.

541 Luci Court.

(807) 622-5445

  • Weekly pre/postnatal programs for Aboriginal mothers
  • Community Action Plan for Children program for Aboriginal children (0-6) includes community kitchens, nutrition education, and cooking class.
June Steeve Lendrum Family Resource Centre

283 Pearl St.

(807) 345-0311

  • For women aged 16-24 with pregnant or with a child under 6 years of age
  • Community kitchens, pre/postnatal classes and breastfeeding support
SAM-MISOL

Confederation College

Room 19B and 200 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 Eating Active Living program, Good Food Box, 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.
  • Pre/post natal classes

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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 Fridays
  • Delivery to residents North of the Harbourview Expressway: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Fixed price of $8.50 per order
  • Deliveries made between 3:00-6:30 p.m. 
  • Phone in, fax or email orders before 1:00 p.m.
  • Method of payment: cash, Mastercard, Visa, Debit

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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 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 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
  • Orders placed Monday, pick-up/delivery Friday
  • Call for more information

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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
  • Good Food Box pickup
  • Hot lunches served Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Pancake breakfast 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.Tuesday
Our Kids Count Meals for 1 or 2

704 McKenzie St.

(807) 623-0292

  • Cook and take home healthy meals
  • Call to register

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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
  • Second-last Thursday of every month

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Last Updated: 31/10/2019