Did You Know?

In 2023, a whopping 43.09% of the total needs category in Thunder Bay, ON, and the surrounding region is related to food/meals. That amounts to 5,223 contact reports for those in need.

Compared to the same time-frame in 2022, this is up from 34.58% in this need category and a total of 4,509 contact reports.

Source: https://211ontario.ca/211-data/bi/

*Data shown is current as of September 26, 2023.

Food Banks & Referrals

OrganizationDescriptionPhone NumberEmailWebsiteEligibility
Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario (RFDA)Provides food to city and regional food banks.807-622-7440rfdacentre@tbaytel.nethttps://www.foodbanksnorthwest.ca/Must be a food bank with a charitable number.
Thunder Bay Food BankOperates a food bank.807-626-9231TBayfoodbank@gmail.comhttp://www.thunderbayfoodbank.com/Must be registered through 211.

Limit of once every two weeks.
The Salvation ArmyOffers food hampers to registered people in need of food assistance.807-345-7319Cathy_Oleschuk@can.salvationarmy.orghttps://www.journeytolifecentre.com/Must be registered through 211.
Elevate NWOOperates a weekly food bank.

Provides non-perishable and small amounts of perishable food items (based on donations).
807-345-1516info@elevatenwo.orghttps://elevatenwo.org/Individuals who have been active with Elevate NWO within the last 6 months.
Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship CentreOperates a food bank for individuals in the community.807-345-5840info@tbifc.cahttps://tbifc.ca/No restrictions.
Confederation College (Food Bank)Operates a confidential emergency food bank for Confederation College students.807-475-6237 (SUCCI) succi@confederationcollege.cahttps://www.confederationcollege.ca/student-life/succi-services/emergency-food-bankMust be a full or part-time student of Confederation College in need of food.
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU Food Resource Centre and The Pantry)The Food Resource Centre offers 3 levels of support around accessing food resources on campus for all Lakehead University students, enrolled either full or part-time.807-343-8010 Ext 8850frc@lusu.cahttps://www.lusu.ca/foodAll Lakehead University students (full or part-time).

Limit of one bag of food per month or two bags if student has dependents.

Students can apply for additional assistance in case of emergency by emailing frc@lusu.ca.
Our Kids Count (Emergency Food Cupboard)Provides an emergency food hamper for families that can be accessed once a month.

Provides food for two days that may include fresh produce, milk, and bread if available.
807-623-0292 Ext 228info@ourkidscount.cahttps://www.ourkidscount.ca/Individuals and families with young children who require emergency food relief.

Can be accessed once a month.
The Losier Centre (Emergency Food Hampers)Provides food hampers in emergency situations.807-622-7686 (Church)info@tbayfmc.cahttps://www.tbayfmc.ca/Call during operating hours to determine food hamper availability.

Masks and social distancing mandatory.

Free / Low-Cost Meals

OrganizationDescriptionPhone NumberEmailWebsiteEligibility
The Salvation Army (Soup Van)Operates a mobile food program, serving hot, nutritious meals every day of the year.807-345-7319Cathy_Oleschuk@can.salvationarmy.orghttps://www.journeytolifecentre.com/Must be registered through 211.
Urban AbbeyOffers a free daily lunch consisting of soup and breads.

Provides a weekly supper on Saturday evening.

Accepts donations of fresh produce, non-perishables, and dairy items.
807-768-8923tbayabbey@gmail.comhttp://www.urbanabbey.ca/No restrictions.
St Andrew's Dew Drop InnBagged lunch available from 9 am-3:30 pm; Take-home or sit down hot meal provided from 12:30 pm-3:30 pm - observe physical distancing; masks are required for everyone entering the building.807-346-0809standrewddi@tbaytel.nethttps://www.dewdropinnthunderbay.ca/No restrictions.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay (Child Nutrition Programs)Offers the following:

- Breakfast Clubs
- Healthy Snacks
- Supper Program
- Cooking Classes
807-623-0354https://tbayboysandgirlsclub.org/info@tbayboysandgirlsclub.orgBreakfast Clubs are available to all children attending the following schools: St Ann, St Jude, St Elizabeth, Corpus Christi, Claude Garton, Algonquin, Vance Chapman and St Pius X.

Snack and supper programs available to children attending programs at Vale and Windsor locations.
Grace PlaceProvides the following free of charge:

- Coffee, tea
- Homemade meals (daily 1 pm-4 pm)
807-473-3538graceplacetbay@gmail.comhttps://www.graceplacethunderbay.com/No restrictions.

School Meal Programs

OrganizationDescriptionPhone NumberEmailWebsiteEligibility
The Grocery FoundationFood program for school children.

Provides nutritious food through Ontario schools for hungry kids.

Services are provided directly to elementary and high school students.
416-515-0845admin@groceryfoundation.comhttps://groceryfoundation.com/Elementary and high school students attending participating schools.
Isthmus Thunder Bay (Student Weekend Meal Program)Supports children and families who do not have enough food to eat.

Provides children with a bag of food to take to their families on the weekend.

Partners with Our Kids Count and the RFDA to provide food to children and families in Thunder Bay schools.
807-626-2923N/Ahttps://www.facebook.com/isthmusthunderbay/Children and families in need of extra food.
Ginoogaming First NationWeekly lunch program for elementary and high school students at the Health Centre.

Annual vouchers at Christmas for a turkey for all community elders and band members.
807-876-1660 (Training Centre)savannah.neotapin@ginoogamingfn.cahttp://www.ginoogamingfn.ca/Members of Ginoogaming First Nation.

Individual does not have to be on social assistance to benefit from program.

Other Resources

For information about other resources in our community, please visit our Resources page.

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