Public Works Open House

Location: 1310 Bishop Street North, N1R 6V5

Date: May 27, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Details:  The Open House will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. rain or shine, admission is free. Those who attend will get a chance to meet City staff who work in our Infrastructure Services department, get up close to the vehicles they operate, take a seat in them or snap a photo. There will be equipment displays, the chance to paint a plow, face painting, giveaways, and a sweet treat as part of Cambridge’s 50th anniversary celebrations.  

The Cambridge Food Bank will be set up to accept donations of food and money. Check out our booth to learn about the free youth, adult, and garden programs offered.

Smile Cookies 2023

Smile Cookies are Back!

We are excited that the Smile Cookie campaign will be taking place May 1-7 this year! Nutrition for Learning is one of the charities that has been selected to receive the proceeds in all of the Cambridge locations.

You would like to volunteer to help us ice some cookies?

Email us at stooze@cambridgefoodbank.org

Where do the proceeds go? 

Each cookie is $1.50 and 100% of proceeds from each cookie sold at a Tim Horton’s location in Cambridge are donated to The Cambridge Food Bank & Nutrition for Learning.

How you can show support during the Smile Cookie campaign? 

There are two ways you can participate in Smile Cookie week: 

● Visit your local participating Tim Hortons between – May 1 – 7 and buy a Smile Cookie for $1.50 (plus tax). 

● Or, you can pre-order a box of Smile Cookies by downloading and filling out an order form in advance and dropping it off at your local Tims. Pre-orders must be made 48 hours in advance. 

Drop off Your Pre-Order Form at any of the below, participating locations:




Spring Into Action 50/50 Raffle

It’s time to Spring into Action and help us fight hunger in our community! The Cambridge Food Bank’s 50/50 Online Raffle is now live, and you can purchase your tickets at our raffle page.

Ticket sales close on May 31st, and the winner will be drawn on June 1st at noon. The lucky winner will receive half of the ticket sales, and the rest of the proceeds will go towards keeping our shelves and tummies full of healthy food. Let’s do this together!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsors Lisa Harlock and Jack O’Donnell from Royal Lepage Crown Realty Services Brokerage and or leading sponsor Kim Edmondson from Desjardins Insurance.

Learn more about our sponsors

The Harlock & O’Donnell Real Estate Team believes it is our responsibility to give back and support our community. One of the driving factors in our decision to work with Royal LePage is their Shelter Foundation. Royal LePagers help their clients achieve the dream of home ownership, but they know that a house is not truly a home unless it’s safe. Sadly, violence and abuse affects thousands of Canadian families, which is why the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation exists. We both donate a portion of our commissions to the Foundation and are in the Top 10% of donors across Canada.  That money funnels back to our Region but we also wanted to do something “hands on” and community based.  Given the food insecurity of folks right here in our community, we felt compelled to do what we could to help the Cambridge Food Bank. We are thrilled with our partnership and are committed to an ongoing relationship. We want to do what we can to put food on the shelves and support the many valuable programs that our Food Bank offers our community.   

Communities are only as healthy as their most vulnerable populations.  We would encourage other businesses to step up and contribute in whatever way they can; workplace fundraising campaigns, hands-on volunteering, or personal donations.  We have the power to be such incredible agents of change in our community and hope that others will consider joining us!  

Lisa Harlock & Jack O’Donnell

In times of uncertainty, the importance of community support cannot be overstated. One of the most pressing needs in any community is access to food. Unfortunately, not everyone has the means to put food on their table. That’s why organizations that provide food assistance to those in need are so critical.

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt thanks to Kim Edmondson from Desjardins Insurance for their recent donation. Their generosity will help us provide essential food assistance to those in need in our community. Kim and the Desjardins team’s support is a testament to their commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those around them.

Kim Edmondson Insurance Agency Limited and The Better Things Crew of Desjardins Insurance. 

Cooking & Connecting with Chai and the Cambridge Food Bank

We live in a world that is increasingly isolated and disconnected. With the rise of social media and digital technology, it’s easy to forget the importance of human connection and the benefits that come with being part of a community. That’s why we want to take a moment to acknowledge the work that Chai is doing at the Cambridge Food Bank.

Chai runs an incredible program that not only helps people connect with each other but also teaches them how to make low-cost nutrient-dense snacks and meals.

Here are 5 reasons why engaging with others within your community through activities like cooking can be so beneficial:

  1. Community building: Activities like cooking with others can help you build relationships and connect with people in your community. This sense of connection and belonging is crucial for our mental and emotional well-being.

  2. Learning new skills: Participating in cooking activities can help you learn new skills and techniques, as well as gain knowledge about healthy eating and nutrition.

  3. Nutrition: Cooking with others can be a great way to prepare healthy, cost-effective meals as everyone can contribute their knowledge and experience. 

  4. Fun and enjoyable: Cooking with others can be a fun and enjoyable activity, especially when you are working together towards a common goal. It can help you feel more relaxed, engaged, and fulfilled.

  5. Improved mental health: Engaging in activities with others has been shown to improve mental health outcomes, such as reducing stress and increasing feelings of happiness and well-being.

Participant Creations

Participant Testimonials

We’ve heard great testimonials from the participants of the adult programming here at the Cambridge Food Bank. We encourage everyone to take advantage of opportunities to engage with others within their community, whether it’s through cooking or other activities.

Have questions or would like to register?  Contact Chai at 519-622-6550 ext 220 or cmaybhate@cambridgefoodbank.org

Molly’s Gluten-Free and Lactose-Free Pancakes

Deliciously Made with Lentils and Rice for a Healthier Breakfast Option

We recently received a wonderful review from one of our program participants at Cambridge Food Bank, Molly. After taking part in our Wellness program, Molly was able to create a delicious and healthy meal for her entire family using the raw lentils and rice from our resource bag.

 Chai….You have shown me an amazing way of living healthily on a budget”

Molly soaked the lentils and rice and used the batter to make crepes with no oil, yeast, or sugar. Her whole family loved the meal, and Molly was thrilled with her experiment. Not only was the meal tasty, but it was also protein-rich and cost only $3-6 for a family of four!

This is just one example of the many benefits of our Wellness programs. We aim to provide participants with the knowledge and resources they need to create healthy and nutritious meals that support food restrictions and dietary needs. Our program emphasizes the use of affordable and accessible ingredients, such as raw lentils and rice, to help participants save money and reduce food waste.

By taking part in our Wellness program, participants like Molly can gain the skills and confidence they need to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Whether you’re looking to create a low-budget meal or adhere to specific dietary restrictions, our program can provide you with the knowledge and tools to do so.

So why not give our Wellness program a try? You never know what delicious and healthy meal you’ll create next!


Have questions or would like to register?  Contact Chai at 519-622-6550 ext 220 or cmaybhate@cambridgefoodbank.org