What’s happening at the Cambridge Food Bank?

It has been one week since we have had to change how we do things here at the Cambridge Food Bank. While we wish we never had to make these changes, we know this is what’s best for our community, our staff and our volunteers. Our regular scheduled programs are still suspended at this time. This also includes all of our volunteers. Mike’s Lunch will continue to run, but as a grab-and-go style lunch.


Starting Monday March 23, 2020 Co-op will also be suspended. Co-op members will be able to access an emergency hamper once a week. These hampers will be available at 54 Ainslie St. South.


Emergency hampers are available to be picked up once a week. During this time you do not need to provide identification or proof of income. Our hours for pick up will continue as follows;

Monday          12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday          12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday   12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday        12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday              12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

If you are in need of a hamper but are not able to pick it up yourself, please send a family member, friend or a neighbour. This is especially important for elderly or immune compromised individuals. When picking up a hamper, please provide us with your name and number of people in your family. We ask that you please stay behind the tables that have been set up and grab your hamper and go. We are trying to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.


We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has come together to support us, it has really shown us how strong this beautiful community is! We want to give a huge shout out to some local restaurants that have donated to us.

The Keg

Monigram Coffee

Cambridge Mill

Old Marina Restaurant & Gift Shop 

For the time being we are not accepting clothing donations. Large donations of food can be received at our back door. Smaller donations can be done at grocery store bins. Monetary donations can be done through Canada Helps or cheques can be mailed to 54 Ainslie St. South, Cambridge, ON. N1R3K3.


Thank you for your continuous support and understanding during this time!
We will continue to post updates on our website and our social media channels.

COVID-19 Update

From everyone at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank we wanted to share with you a quick update on everything that is happening with us.

New Hours

We have had to adjust our hours so staff can pack and prepare hampers for our members. Our new hours are as follows;

Monday       12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday       12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday     12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday          12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

We ask that you only come once a week to pick up your hamper. This allows us to feed as many people as possible.


Starting Monday March, 23 Co-op will not be running, Co-op members are able to get a hamper.

Mike’s Lunch will still be running. However this is changed from a seated service to a come and go.

All programming will continue to be suspended until further notice. We ask that all volunteers stay home and keep an eye on social media and our website for updates on when they are able to return.


At this time we are not taking any clothing donations.

If you would like to donate food supplies you can do so at your local grocery store, monetary donations can be done through Canada Helps

Thank you for your patience and continued support during this time. Together we are building a stronger tomorrow!

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Announcement

We are at a critical time for the containment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

As a necessary precaution to protect staff, volunteers and members, The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank (CSHFB) will be shifting resources away from community programming and towards food distribution only starting Monday, March 16, 2020.

  • The Community Pantry will offer pre-packed hampers.
  • The Co-op will offer pre-packed hampers for the week of March 16th , the program will then be temporarily suspended.
  • Mike’s Lunch, will continue to run. However, this program will transition from a seated meal service to a takeaway meal model.
  • Volunteers are asked to stay home. 

All other programs and services at the CSHFB will be temporarily suspended until further notice. We will advertise any changes in our services on our website, on our social media accounts, our general voicemail, and at our 54 Ainslie St. S location.

To keep our workplace healthy throughout this period, our staff are following strict precautionary measures such as frequent hand washing, continually sterilizing our work environments, and social distancing.


In times like these, vulnerable community members need our support the most.

  • To self-isolate yourself, you need adequate housing.
  • To take a sick day, you need to know you’ll get to keep your job.
  • To stockpile food and supplies, you need to be able to afford these essentials in the first place.


Thank you, as always, for standing with the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. Now more than ever, we need your support.


-All of us at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank