To access the food bank you must be a resident of Markham and are welcome to one food order every twenty-eight days. Immigrants that are new to the country, wanting to start a new life, are frequent visitors as well as single mothers and fathers.
“I remember one Christmas, I didn’t even know about this place, and when I came in here on Christmas Day, they gave you food and they blessed you for the Christmas season and honestly, it was just a blessing…a place like here, just giving back to the community…it was so special.”
To access the food bank you must be a resident of Markham and are welcome to one food order every twenty-eight days. Immigrants that are new to the country, wanting to start a new life, are frequent visitors as well as single mothers and fathers. In recent years, many more seniors have been utilizing food bank services due to increasing food prices without an increase in pensions..
Resident of Markham
You must be a resident of Markham and provide proof of same with identification. Acceptable identification is a drivers licence, a current piece of mail (e.g., phone, utility bills; bank statement, welfare stub, etc.) We do accept leases as identification providing it is not hand written on a scrap piece of paper.
One Food Item Per Address
There is only one food order per address, unless it is a legal apartment building. If it is a basement apartment you must prove it is a legal apartment passed by the City.
Foodbank Use Policy
You are welcome to use the food bank once every 28 (days). Best before dates are not expiry dates. The food is still good years after these dates. We try our best to catch any food that is very out of date, but sometimes we do miss one. Please just let us know. There is absolutely no exchange on food items. No exceptions.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We recognize that if you need a food bank, you are likely experiencing challenges in your life. The Markham Food Bank creates a welcoming environment for those who visit us to access food. In order to make your experience positive, the food bank staff and volunteers create an environment of mutual respect and caring for all food bank clients.
The Markham Food Bank
190 Bullock Drive, Unit 1
905 472 2437
You do not need an appointment to visit your local food bank. Please only go to your local food bank during the hours listed below:
Tuesday: 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.Thursday: 12:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 10.45 a.m.
You will receive 7-10 days of nutritious food on each visit. This will include both canned/packaged food and fresh food like milk, fresh produce, vegetables or meat.
We try to give some choice in the food provided based on Canada’s Food Guide. You will be asked whether you want peanut butter or not, what kind of beans you want, what kind of canned fish you want, whether you want tea, coffee or hot chocolate, and whether you need supplies for your pets. If you have babies under 1 year, we will also ask you what kind of formula you need and if you need diapers. While all of these supplies are not available every day, we do our best to provide the same things to all clients on each visit.
All clients are treated with dignity and respect. We speak to you privately and confidentially regarding your financial and personal situation. People from all different walks of life use a food bank, so don’t worry that you and your family will be put in an embarrassing situation.