Our Programs

Supports for Food Security

The Community Pantry
(Emergency Food Support)

When people think about food banks, they most often think about our Community Pantry support, often called an “emergency food hamper.” When a resident of Cambridge or North Dumfries is in immediate need of food, we can provide them with 3 days’ worth of food up to 8 times per year. The quantity of the Food Basket depends on the number of people in the household, and can include a mix of canned, boxed, fresh, and frozen foods. Baby food, formula, and diapers are also offered to households with an infant, when available.

People who come in for a Food Basket are often surprised by the welcoming and individualized experience. Helpful volunteers will walk you through our Community Pantry room and help you to select the items that work best for you and your family. When possible, we also help to adapt the selection for special diets, such as people who are vegetarian, have a food allergy, or have religious dietary restrictions.

Food Baskets can be picked up at our Ainslie Street or off-site locations during our opening hours. Please bring a piece of ID and your income information for your first visit. We also ask that you bring along some reusable shopping bags to carry your items out.

Emergency Food and Community Meal listing

Mobile Food Market

A Fresh Food Market in Your Neighbourhood Every Week!

How it works

Each week a selection of food will be available for a flat
rate of $5. Those who can or wish to pay more can do so in
order to support those who are living on a low income.

Everyone is welcome to shop at the Market. Shoppers may
come once a week, once a month, or a few times a year. There is
no pre-registration or means-testing. The market is open to
anyone who would benefit from getting more access to fresh,
healthy food for an affordable cost.

The Market will feature a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables,
and a small selection of dried goods such as rice, beans, and
some non-perishable items. The produce available will be based
on what is currently in season.
We will take into account the needs and preferences of those who
are shopping at the Market and make every effort to source food
that meets cultural and dietary needs.

Schedule Effective July 6, 2021

Tues – Forward Church 10:30 am-12:00pm

Wed – Ayr Knox Church 10am -11am

Wed – Preston Heights 1 pm – 2:30pm

Thurs- Langs 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Thurs – Temple Baptist Church 1 pm – 2:30 pm


For more information contact:

Laura 519-622-6550 ext. 206 ljohnson@cambridgefoodbank.on.ca

Mike’s Lunch

Every Saturday we host a community meal at the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. On an average Saturday, we welcome between 65 and 100 guests to come and enjoy a hot and nutritious meal. Volunteers take turns cooking up lunch for community members.

Lunch is available every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Ainslie Street location.

Community Food Partners

In addition to the food security programs we deliver out of our main location and off-site locations, we also provide food to Cambridge and North Dumfries community groups and organizations. These Community partners are an important part of the network fighting food insecurity in our community. We see it as a privilege to support these groups to meet the hunger need in our community, and continuously strive to better support their efforts.

To learn more about our Community Food Partnerships, or to inquire about becoming partners, contact Siobhan at extension 202

Supports for People & Families

Street Outreach

The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank is fortunate to employ two Street Outreach Workers who serve the Cambridge community. Street Outreach Workers build relationships with people who live, work, or socialize on the street. This work is relationship-based and involves walking with people as they navigate systems, providing referrals to resources, and practical support that assists people in meeting their basic needs.

Peer Program

The Peer Program Worker aims to increase individual capacity by providing Peer Workers and program participants with knowledge and skills around healthy eating and food skills, and to increase the overall health of caregivers and their children.

The Peer Worker also works to prevent and reduce social isolation within a community, through group programs focused on healthy eating and child and family health.

To learn more about this support, contact Debbie at extension 220.

Children’s Mental Wellness Hub


The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and the Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries are proud to offer supports and services for children experiencing issues with mental health or in need of other supports.

Are you looking for counselling for your child? Are you looking to enroll your child in an after school program? Do you want to know what is available to support your family? Then the Children’s Mental Wellness Hub can help you.

Contact our Community Connections Coordinator for more information about any of our programs listed here, to get schedule and sign-up information, and to learn what is available in our community. Contact the Community Connections Coordinator at 519-622-6550 x 206

Thanks to the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation for their funding support for these services. 

Clinical Counselling

Get connected with a Play Therapist who works with families and children to assist in maintaining children’s mental wellness into adolescence and adulthood.  The play therapy room is available to help children learn in a non-threatening environment. Contact the Community Connections Coordinator for a referral to this program. Contact 519-622-6550 x 206 for more information.

Kinship Support

The Kinship Support Group is for grandparents or other kin families who have assumed the responsibility of raising an immediate family member. This group provides an opportunity for members to share information, practical tips for daily living, and support and encouragement related to what may be an unexpected parenting role.

The group meets monthly and includes dinner, childcare, activities, and peer to peer support for adults.

To learn more about Kinship Support Group, contact 519-622-6550 x 206