Food Distribution Centres
When you need a hand-up, there are many community resources available with which to access free or low-cost, healthy food. Orillia has three food banks and many additional opportunities for a hearty meal that won't affect your pocketbook.
The Sharing Place is the Orillia area’s largest and only free-standing food bank. A member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, The Sharing Place offers fresh fruit & vegetables, milk, eggs and meat, along with non-perishable items to every person looking to access food. The Sharing Place is proud to now offer unique Outreach programming that goes beyond simply distributing food, and encourages community members to become engaged in their food system through cooking, gardening, visiting local farmers' markets and other opportunities for deeper connection. To find out about Sharing Place programs, hours, address, and what you need to bring with you when for a food bank visit, check out their website at www.sharingplaceorillia.org
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul operates a food bank plus distributes used clothing and other small household items. A ministry of Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, St. Vincent de Paul works in collaboration with the Orillia Housing Resource Centre and Ontario Works to provide support for those facing unstable housing situations. For more information, including hours, location, and what you need to bring for a food bank visit, go to www.communityreach.cioc.ca/record/ORI1882
The Salvation Army operates both a food bank and mobile-meal service as part of their Christian ministry. Additionally, they have many other community outreach programs, from help filing taxes, to affordable day camps. The Salvation Army is known worldwide for humanitarian work and compassion for those in need. To find out more about their services, including hours, location and programming, visit www.thesalvationarmy.ca
Orillia Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter provides 3 meals each day to community members in need. Anyone can access the soup kitchen, and for those seeking emergency shelter, there is also a men's shelter at the site. Founded as a Christian ministry in 1992, The Lighthouse aims to provide a safe place that meets physical needs, gives spiritual hope and points the way to wellness. To find out more, visit their website at www.orillialighthouse.ca