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.
*Data shown is current as of September 26, 2023.
Food Banks & Referrals
|Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario (RFDA)||Provides food to city and regional food email@example.com||https://www.foodbanksnorthwest.ca/||Must be a food bank with a charitable number.|
|Thunder Bay Food Bank||Operates a food bank.||807-626-9231||TBayfoodbank@gmail.com||http://www.thunderbayfoodbank.com/||Must be registered through 211.
Limit of once every two weeks.
|The Salvation Army||Offers food hampers to registered people in need of food assistance.||807-345-7319||Cathy_Oleschuk@can.salvationarmy.org||https://www.journeytolifecentre.com/||Must be registered through 211.|
|Elevate NWO||Operates a weekly food bank.|
Provides non-perishable and small amounts of perishable food items (based on donations).
|firstname.lastname@example.org||https://elevatenwo.org/||Individuals who have been active with Elevate NWO within the last 6 months.|
|Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre||Operates a food bank for individuals in the email@example.com||https://tbifc.ca/||No restrictions.|
|Confederation College (Food Bank)||Operates a confidential emergency food bank for Confederation College students.||807-475-6237 (SUCCI)||firstname.lastname@example.org||https://www.confederationcollege.ca/student-life/succi-services/emergency-food-bank||Must 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 email@example.com||https://www.lusu.ca/food||All 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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 email@example.com||https://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)||firstname.lastname@example.org||https://www.tbayfmc.ca/||Call during operating hours to determine food hamper availability.
Masks and social distancing mandatory.
Free / Low-Cost Meals
|The Salvation Army (Soup Van)||Operates a mobile food program, serving hot, nutritious meals every day of the year.||807-345-7319||Cathy_Oleschuk@can.salvationarmy.org||https://www.journeytolifecentre.com/||Must be registered through 211.|
|Urban Abbey||Offers 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.
|St Andrew's Dew Drop Inn||Bagged 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 email@example.com||https://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
|807-623-0354||https://firstname.lastname@example.org||Breakfast 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 Place||Provides the following free of charge:|
- Coffee, tea
- Homemade meals (daily 1 pm-4 pm)
School Meal Programs
|The Grocery Foundation||Food program for school children.|
Provides nutritious food through Ontario schools for hungry kids.
Services are provided directly to elementary and high school students.
|email@example.com||https://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.
|807-626-2923||N/A||https://www.facebook.com/isthmusthunderbay/||Children and families in need of extra food.|
|Ginoogaming First Nation||Weekly 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)||firstname.lastname@example.org||http://www.ginoogamingfn.ca/||Members of Ginoogaming First Nation.
Individual does not have to be on social assistance to benefit from program.