How often can I come to the Food Bank?
As a general rule, you can access the Food Bank once a month. However, it is recognized that at times there are extenuating circumstances and in those instances, additional assistance may be provided based on individual need and at the discretion of our staff.
Who is eligible for assistance?
To be eligible for assistance it is necessary to have experienced one of the following situations:
1. An inability to pay rent, utilities and food on the fixed income that
2. An inability to cover increased living expenses;
3. A sudden loss of income,
4. A sudden onset of illness, or
5. A disaster such as a fire, a flood, or a theft.
To access assistance in Owen Sound, you need to have an appointment with one of our In-take Workers. You can make an appointment in person or by calling the Office.
To access assistance in Saugeen Shores, please drop in to the Saugeen Shores Community & Family Services office on Tuesdays or Fridays between 10 am and 2 pm.
At your In-Take appointment, you will be required to complete an Assistance Application form, and provide the following documentation:
a. Appropriate identification for each family member,
b. Proof of income,
c. A rent receipt or other proof of residency
Depending on individual need and availability, the following types of assistance may be accessible:
a. Three to five days worth of food based on Canada's Health Food Guide,
b. Bread and fresh produce,
c. A clothing voucher redeemable at a designated Salvation Army Thrift Store in
the amount of $15 for essential clothing,
d. A summer camp experience for youth ages 7-12, teens ages 13-17, and
Mom's n' Tots Camp for moms and their children up to the age of 7,
e. Christmas assistance in the form of a Food Hamper or gift card for families