Run A Food Drive

With Your Class, Neighbourhood, Business, Church, Group, etc.

Food drives are a great way to make a difference in ending hunger and to give back to your community. Anyone can run a food drive, at any time of year, and no amount is too small.

Are you interested in running a food drive? Check out this handy guide on How to Run A Food Drive, or check out our Most Needed Items List.

Most Needed Item List

Looking to get started on your food drive? We’re happy to help! Let us know about your food drive by emailing Siobhan at or by filling out the form below. We will get in touch with you to arrange drop off or pick up for larger donations.

Healthy Food Choices

We work hard to present the healthiest food options for our community as we can. We welcome you to take a look at this document created by the Region of Waterloo’s Public Health Department: Better Food to Buy.

In this document, you will find an extensive list of non-perishable products that are recommended as healthy options for your donations. Also, don’t forget that we love to receive fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables!


*At this time we are not accepting new volunteers and current volunteers are asked to stay home. Please check back here, or our social media channels for updates. Thank you for your understanding.

Are you passionate about the wellbeing of neighbours in your community? Want to learn new skills, do some good work, and serve your community? The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank wouldn’t exist without the contributions of members of our community – just like you. Join the over 1000 people who volunteer with us annually, and help to serve your community!

We accept and support:

  • Individual Volunteers
  • Group and Corporate Volunteers
  • Student Volunteers
  • Internships and Other Placements

We want to ensure each volunteer has a positive and rewarding experience with us. Some groups will volunteer once in the year, while others will volunteer week after week – some for a decade or more!

As a Volunteer you may be involved in helping with any of the following events/areas:

  • Emergency hamper room
  • Co-op store
  • Clothing room
  • Warehouse support
  • Special events
  • Serving on the Board of Directors or other committees

Current Volunteer Positions Needed:

Community Pantry Attendant

We are seeking 1 volunteer to help in our pantry on Tuesdays from 12pm-430pm. The volunteer will assist participants in getting their food baskets, stock shelves and general upkeep. This is a weekly opportunity every Tuesday. Please contact Tara for more details.

Clothing Room Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to assist in our clothing room. The volunteer will help monitor the room, assist participants with clothing selection as well as keeping it tidy.

Volunteers are needed Wednesdays from 1-4pm, Thursdays from 930am-12pm (end time flexible) as well as Fridays from 1-4pm (end time flexible).

If you would like to volunteer please contact Tara for more details.

Food Savers Club

We are looking for volunteers to help us reduce our food waste by preserving, freezing and repackaging food to extend its life so we are able to feed more people. The Food Savers club meets every Tuesday from 1pm – 330pm and Wednesdays from 9am-1130am.

If you would like to volunteers please contact Tara for more details.

Special Events

Are you looking to help out but you can’t volunteer during business hours? Join our Special Events email list and receive updates on weekend volunteer fundraising opportunities out in our community.

For more details please contact Tara.

To sign up to volunteer
fill out our Volunteer Form and email a copy to Tara at or
drop it off at our office.



Want to get involved? Check out below for a list of our upcoming events at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

Thinking about hosting a special event with your business, community group, place of worship, or team? We would love to hear from you! Contact Justine, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator for more information about holding a special event at

February 20, 2020

One Seed, One Community

How one little seed can help a family in need! Gardening is a past time that many of us do for relaxation. But did you know that, that relaxing hobby…
Cambridge Mill EventsGenerosity
February 5, 2020

35th Anniversary Gala

Join us at the Cambridge Mill on May 14, 2020 for our 35th Anniversary Gala to help raise much needed funds to help feed families in need. This high-visibility gala…
Potato Family Events
January 30, 2020

Potato Blitz – Help Feed Community!

Supermarket Potato Blitz Show your support and donate cash, or buy a bag of potatoes! Each year during the Potato Blitz, the Cambridge and North Dumfries community donates 10,000 lbs…
November 15, 2019

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…

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