Food Basket

St. James Food Basket

St. James Food Basket is a food bank serving people in central Etobicoke.  Our boundaries are Eglinton Avenue to Dundas Street West, and Kipling Avenue to the Etobicoke Creek (Mississauga border).

 

Hours of Operation:

Wednesdays   1:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
Full buffet meal starts at 1:30.

 

2017 Closure Dates:
 August 9
September 6
October 11
November 29
December 27

 

First Time Registration:

Please  bring:

  • ID for each person in the family,
  • confirmation of address and income,
  • rent receipt or agreement.

Please bring bags or something in which to carry the food.

 

VOLUNTEERING
We depend on the work of many volunteers. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve your community, please read Work Carried Out By Volunteers to learn about the kinds of work volunteers do. To better understand the commitment required, please visit us to see the Food Basket in action.  Drop in any Wednesday between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. and ask for the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

 

Each Wednesday since February 2007 volunteers set up the St. James Food Basket in the St. James United Church Fellowship Hall. Working with the Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest and local suppliers, we provide perishable and non-perishable food items and sundries to individuals and families in need. We aLs well as make referrals to other agencies in a way that respects the dignity of each individual. Our volunteers come from a wide variety of places, some are also participants receiving food. New participants are screened and assisted according to income and family size. They come from every walk of life and as a result of a variety of circumstances. We serve senior citizens, new Canadians, individuals receiving social assistance, the homeless and families that are simply down on their luck. We seek to provide a positive, relaxed environment providing an opportunity for participants to sit, chat and share a cup of coffee, bowl of soup or whatever we have on hand.  We also have a community garden that provides fresh seasonable vegetables.  In 2015, we provided food for 24,600 individuals.

 

ADVOCACY
Our role in advocacy is on three levels:
•  Micro: in working with participants, we find out what their issues are and try to connect them with the appropriate service.
•  Mezzo: we are an active participant with local agencies and organizations to improve our community.
•  Macro: We advocate with all levels of government to address the issues that affect our community and population.

 

DONATIONS
Donations of all kinds are greatly appreciated. We have room for storage, including a walk-in refrigerator and freezer. We will also arrange for donations to be picked up and brought to the Food Basket. Cash donations are used to purchase and transport fresh produce and other perishable items from the Food Terminal. This means that each donated dollar can purchase the equivalent of $3.00 worth of fresh food. Other items that are needed are personal care products (toothbrushes and paste, soap, shampoo, sanitary pads, tampons, etc.), cleaning supplies, toilet paper and pet food. Please contact us by phone (leave a voice mail message at 416-622-4114) for more information about making a donation or having a donation picked up and picking up tax receipts (please make out cheques to “St. James Food Basket”).  Or if you prefer you may also make a donation via credit card or using your PayPal account through Pay Pal’s secure portal.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please view the list below:

 

Wish List

  1.  Canned fish
  2. Cereal
  3. Canned or dry legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
  4. Whole grains (barley, bulgur, cornmeal, couscous, oats, quinoa, rice)
  5. Flour (white, whole wheat)
  6. Sugar or honey
  7. Cooking Oil (corn oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, olive oil)
  8. Coffee or tea
  9. Diapers
  10. Toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, feminine products, shaving cream)
  11. Detergent (Dish or laundry)
  12. Kitchen staples (baking soda, baking powder, yeast, vinegar)
  13. Cash to buy eggs; fresh produce; packing supplies 
  14. Gently used children’s books
  15. Gently used, clean winter coats (of all sizes)

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The Food Basket is thrilled to have the support of the following partners:

 Bloordale United Church
Christ the King Anglican Church
Graceview Presbyterian Church
Memnon Muslim Association
Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church
Renforth Baptist Church
Richview United Church
Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church
St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church
St. Philip’s Lutheran Church
St. James United Church
Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation
Muslim Welfare Association
Members of our Wider Community

We are also grateful for the support of our neighbourhood donors:

Future Bakery
M&M Meats
Pizza Pizza
Little Caesars Pizza
Rotary Club of Etobicoke
Loblaws
Cobs Bakery
SW Presbytery United Church
No Frills
Mindwerx 4 Kids