Food Security

Emergency Food Bank and Daily Lunches

We help individuals and families in Welland that are struggling to meet their basic needs by providing access to our food bank and community lunch program.

Most Needed Items

Food Bank

The Hope Centre food bank is available to Welland residents every 30 days and offers a variety of food items and hygiene products.

We receive food from private donations,  the annual Welland Food Drive and food drives organized by the community. We rely on food donations to fill our shelves. 

Food Bank Intake Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30 am –  11:30 am & 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Wednesday *NEW*
11:30 am – 6:15 pm

Accessing the Food Bank

Our food bank is available to Welland residents by walk-in during our food bank intake hours. We do not book appointments. When you arrive, please register with our client intake support worker.

Registered clients can obtain emergency food through our food bank with a new model of points system where people are allotted a set number of points depending on family size and can then use these points to select the food that makes the most sense for their needs.

Residents of Welland can access the food bank every 30 days. If your day falls on the weekend you can visit on Friday.

Every visit you will be asked to provide identification for ALL members in the household along with proof of current address in Welland. If you have a cell phone you can provide a photo of your ID for proof.

ID examples: Driver’s License, Passport, Health Card, Birth Certificate
Address examples: Driver’s License, pay stub, piece of mail with address

volunteers pose in kitchen in front of prepared food for the community lunch

Community Lunch Program

At The Hope Centre we offer a daily take-out lunch program with healthy meals provided to anyone in need (registration is not required).  Lunches are served Monday – Friday between 11 am to 1 pm.

This program is possible because of the relationships that we have with various volunteer and church groups along with local restaurants who provide food and/or prepare food in our kitchen. Depending on donations and availability we do our best to include healthy options including protein, fresh fruit, and vegetables.

Learn More about how you can donate to this program.

The Good Food Box

The Hope Centre is a host site for The Good Food Box program, orders are delivered monthly and can be picked up at The Hope Centre, 570 King Street on the delivery date.

The program is coordinated by Links for Greener Learning

The Good Food Box provides access to fresh and healthy food to families who may not be able to afford such food. The produce will vary each month, as we provide items that are in season.

 There are two order options available:


The Hope Centre

Place your order with our client intake support worker at The Hope Centre during the order week and make a cash payment. Please bring the exact amount with you $22 for small or $26 for large box.

Links for Greener Learning

Order online at Links for Greener Learning and pay with PayPal.