Holiday Events at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank

Cambridge Santa Claus Parade

November 16th, 2019 – 6 pm – Hespeler Road

Start the holiday celebrations at the Cambridge Santa Claus Parade. Don’t forget to bring a donation for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank! Check out our Most Needed Items list for information on what to bring.


November 22, 2019 – November 24 – Cambridge Centre Zhers, 400 Conestoga Blvd

Help fill our shelves this holiday season at Stuff-A-Bus! Stop by Cambridge Centre Zhers for your weekend shopping and make a donation at the GRT bus! Our volunteers will be collecting all weekend, so there are lots of opportunities to support those in need in your community. Can’t make it to the event? Make a donation online here!

CP Holiday Train

November 29th, 2019 3:15 p.m. – Malcom St. Train Station

The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train will soon set out once again to entertain hundreds of thousands of people, celebrating 20 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America. This years Cambridge Stop will begin at 3:15 p.m. with a pre-show with music from Shy Harry. The Train will arrive at 4:00 p.m. and include music from Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band. Join us there for some holiday fun including a BBQ, facepainting, and live music! Don’t forget to bring a cash or food donation for the Food Bank!

Hespeler Santa Claus Parade

December 7th 12:00 p.m. – Queen Street E

Celebrate the holidays at the Hespeler Santa Claus parade! Don’t forget to bring a donation for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank! Check out our Most Needed Items list for information on what to bring.

Looking to support the food bank this holiday season but can’t make it to any events?

Make a donation online here or call 519-622-6550.


Sponsor a Family this Holiday Season

You can help spread joy to families in our community this holiday season by making sure everyone can share a special holiday meal with their family!

For too many families in Cambridge and North Dumfries, having enough to cover the basic necessities of life are out of reach, especially during the holidays. 

With your help, we will provide more than 800 families with a full holiday meal that they would otherwise not be able to have. This is more than double the number of hampers we provided last year!

Through our new Holiday Family Sponsorship Program you can sponsor a special holiday meal with a turkey and all the fixings. It costs $25 per person in a family to cover the meal, so a donation of $150 would feed a family of 6! We will include a card in each hamper so you have the opportunity to write a special holiday greeting to your neighbour in need and share the holiday spirit!

$100 fully sponsors a family of 4 this holiday season, but every donation will help us meet the need.

This holiday season, your family, office, or organization can make a family’s holiday brighter by participating in Family Holiday Hamper Program

How to Sponsor a Family

Make an online donation using the options below, call 519-622-6550 x118 to make a donation over the phone, or send us a cheque made out to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 519-622-6550 x 118 or

Please note: Children and families need help year-round. In the event that funds raised for the Family Holiday Hamper Program exceed this season’s need, those extra funds will be directed to programs and services that offer meaningful, ongoing support throughout the year. Your donation does not go directly to a specific family.  Donations are combined in order to use the funds more effectively. For more information on the impact of your gift, please see our 2018/19 Impact Report.