Food Bank

Another productive year at the Food Bank has passed and we are excited for what next year holds. This past year we were successful in securing new community partners as well as promoting growth with existing partnerships. Our growth was seen throughout the agency, in terms of sponsors and volunteers. This awareness allows us to educate the community about issues such as hunger. It is the mission of the Food Bank to treat our families with dignity and respect. Using the “Supermarket model” we are able to provide our clients with the ability to have a choice in what they take home. It is this welcoming atmosphere that helps clients to feel comfortable in using the Food Bank. We know the first step through our door is the hardest one. We endeavor to make our families feel comfortable at all times in using the services they require.

Canada Learning Bond

Start your child’s higher education savings with FREE MONEY from the Government of Canada!

Open a NO-FEE Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) with no contributions required and apply for the Canada Learning Bond. The Canada Learning Bond is a grant from the Government of Canada to help kick-start the education savings account of eligible kids with up to $2,000.

Apply with your choice of BMO Bank of Montreal, Meridian Credit Union, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank or TD.

Who is eligible for the Canada Learning Bond?

  • Child born 2004 or later; AND
  • Child’s family must receive the National Child Benefit Supplement

All you need to start is:

  • The Social Insurance Number (SIN), name and date of birth of the child who this is for
  • The Parent/Guardian’s SIN and contact information
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Birthday Program

Many of us do not think of a Birthday party or birthday gifts as a luxury, but for many Grimsby residents that is the reality. That is where we, at the Grimsby Benevolent Fund, make a difference. The Food Bank provides birthday gifts for not only our children, but adults and seniors as well. Birthday gifts are also extended to grandparents who have a grandchild’s birthday in that given month. This program really does make a difference in our families quality of life.  Just the simple fact of letting our families know that they have been thought of by members of the community is a very uplifting concept.

Milk Program

Milk is a very integral part of a child’s development and maintaining a healthy lifestyle as they continue to grow. The Grimsby Benevolent Fund purchases milk on a monthly basis so that every family is able to have the benefits of milk on a regular basis.

Fresh and Healthy Choices Program

Healthy choices are an essential aspect of healthy living. The Grimsby Benevolent Fund is a firm believer in providing fresh vegetables and fruits to our families on a weekly basis. With the help of our fridges and freezer, we are happy to accept donations of fresh food product.

Market Bucks Partnership

The Grimsby Farmer’s Market has once again extended the Market Bucks Partnership with the Grimsby Benevolent Fund. The healthy benefits from this program are significant. This program offers clients the ability to shop at the Market for their family’s needs. Families were able to purchase fresh produce and other various food items. The beauty of this program is that families are provided with a social outing at the Market as well as the product. The Grimsby Farmer’s Market also offers Market Bucks to its patrons, not just the Grimsby Benevolent Fund, so that client confidentiality is upheld.

Special Dietary Section

At the Food Bank we understand that individuals have different dietary needs and sensitivities. It is with this understanding that we are able to provide items that are gluten-free, fat free, salt free and organic. It is a continual goal of the Food Bank to meet the nutritional requirements of Grimsby residents through partnerships with our community providers.

Easter Program

The holiday season can be especially difficult for families on a limited income. Every year the Food Bank provides Easter baskets to various families in our community. This year we had over 165 families register for the Easter program.

Educational Bursaries

This year the Grimsby Benevolent Fund distributed four $1,000 bursaries  to students graduating from Blessed Trinity and Grimsby Secondary School. These bursaries are given to recognize and encourage volunteer work in the community.

Thanksgiving Program

Thanksgiving dinner is an essential part of the holiday. This year we provided our families with a turkey and all the fixings for not just dinner, but dessert as well. It is at this time that extra food drives from local schools and churches we held; the support was amazing. It is with this help that the Food Bank is able ensure that various food product is in stock for those who wouldn’t be able to have it otherwise.

Energy Assistance

The Grimsby Benevolent Fund is a Lead Agency for both the Niagara Energy Emergency Fund (NEEF) and Low-Income Energy Assistance Plan (LEAP) utility assistance programs. These programs offer emergency assistance for low income households.

Christmas Hamper

As always, special care was given in matching gifts with families’ Christmas wish lists. Through the amazing support from the community the GBF was able to provide children and adults with gifts during the holiday season. In addition, the hamper contained various food products (including fresh produce and cheese), a special Christmas treat bag, a toiletries package as well as Christmas dinner and dessert. It is additions like this that allow our clients to share with family and friends in this season of giving. This year we provided over 210 hampers to families within our community. The GBF accepted Christmas hamper  applications from individuals in our community local churches, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, GAHP, Grimsby Life Centre, FORT and Second Stage Housing.  A special thank you is extended to Trinity United church, the Grimsby Fire Department and the Grimsby Air Cadets for their tremendous support.

Community Gardens

GBF Community Garden

What better way to promote healthy eating than to improve accessibility to fresh, affordable produce through a community garden. The GBF community garden continues to be an ongoing success; this past year the community garden produced over 15 different kinds of vegetables for our families to utilize. It is with the  marvelous help of community partners and volunteers that the garden grows and becomes more productive every year.

Back to School

The Back to School program provides the resources to local students in order to encourage their future success, and the educational health in our community. This program helps with school trips, lunches, photos, uniforms, backpacks, running shoes and school supplies.

“THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY WHO SHOWED THEIR SUPPORT ONCE AGAIN AND ENABLED US TO PROVIDE FOR THE CHILDREN OF OUR FAMILIES. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.”

Income Tax Clinic

The Grimsby Benevolent Fund is thrilled to announce the new partnership with the Chartered Accountants of Grimsby.  This partnership will help individuals and families in our community if their total household income is less than $20,000 without dependents; or less than $30,000 with dependents.  Grimsby Benevolent Fund would like to thank Southcott Davoli Professional Corporation and Durward Jones Barkwell and Company LLP for their generous contribution of time and expertise in support of those we serve.  Together we are making a difference!

Jump Start Program

Canadian Tire Jump Start Program is a community based charitable program from the Canadian Tire Foundation.  The program is offered to children from low-income households, it creates opportunities for children and youth to participate in organized sports activities.

Participation in this program helps children build self-esteem, while improving social skills.  GBF works to identify families that will benefit from the Jump Start Program experience and is extremely proud to act as a liaison in connecting families to the foundation.  For further information please contact our Food Bank at (905) 309-5664 ext. 21.