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COVID-19: Food Security Services

To help guide decisions around food purchasing during COVID-19, and to ensure there is enough food in all our communities, here are some recommendations.

Food purchasing

Try to purchase a 2-week supply of food in case you and your family need to stay in isolation.

Designate 1 person per household to do groceries and errands.

Go to the grocery stores during low peak times and follow public health measures like keeping 2-metres from others and washing your hands. If you are an older adult or immunocompromised, take advantage of the special shopping hours for these populations or have another family member or friend do errands for you. If you know someone who cannot access food due to being isolated or high-risk, try to help as you can.

What to buy

Take the time to go through your fridge, freezer and pantry and make a list of what you need. This will help reduce the number of store visits and decrease your time in the store.

Vegetables and Fruit:

  • Fresh vegetables with a longer shelf life: carrots, beets, potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga, turnip, yams, cabbage, squash, broccoli and onions
  • Fresh fruit with a longer shelf life: apples, oranges, pears, melon, grapefruit
  • Frozen and canned vegetables, tomato sauce
  • Frozen and canned fruits, dried fruit, and applesauce

Other longer shelf-life items:

  • Grains like rice, quinoa, pasta, hot and cold cereals and crackers. Bread, tortillas, bagels and English muffins can also be frozen.
  • Canned and dried beans, chickpeas and lentils
  • Nuts, seeds and nut butters
  • Baking ingredients: flour oil, butter, sugar
  • Frozen and canned meat and fish
  • Frozen and canned soup and stews
  • Yogurt, eggs, hard cheese, milk powder, refrigerated and non-refrigerated milk and plant-based beverages
  • Infant formula and meal replacements (if applicable)

Other items:

  • Medications
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Pet food (if needed)

Preparing food

Keep preparing food safely, especially if preparing food for others.

  • Keep washing your hands as you cook and before eating.
  • Wash your vegetables and fruit.
  • Ensure you cook food at the proper temperature.
  • If sharing food, divide it first and avoid sharing personal items (e.g., cutlery, napkins, cups).

Donating food

Those who are more vulnerable in our communities are hit hard in situations like COVID-19. We must also consider those who have lost their income and who are also struggling to make ends meet. You can donate to local food banks and charities if it is feasible.

Donations beyond food like cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products are also welcomed.

Most local food banks remain open and are taking precautions to make sure everyone, from staff to volunteers and clients, is safe while service continues. We ask for those who need support to call ahead to their local food bank, to make the necessary arrangements.

If feasible and if you are not considered “high-risk”, consider donating your time. Many local food bank staff and volunteers are older adults and therefore at a higher risk for COVID-19.


Emergency Food Access

Timmins

Food Banks and Hot Meals

  • Community Foodbank at First Baptist Church
    • 705-264-0493
    • 100 Second Ave
    • Fridays 12:30-2pm
  • First Baptist Church Community Kitchen
    • 705-264-0493
    • 100 Second Ave
    • hot take out dinner Tuesdays 5-6pm, hot take out lunch Fridays 12:30-2pm
  • Timmins Food Bank: Division of St Martin De Porres
    • 705-364-0953
    • 85 Spruce St N
    • Fridays 12:30-2pm
  • Hot Meals: Division of St Martin de Porres
    • 705-364-0953
    • 85 Spruce St N
    • Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 4-5:30pm
  • South Porcupine Food Bank
    • 705-235-3450
    • 32 Main St
    • Tuesdays 1-3pm and Saturdays 9-11am
  • Salvation Army - Soup Kitchen
    • 705-267-3422
    • 261 Third Ave
    • Wednesdays 4-5pm

Food Donations

  • Living Space
    • 705-531-7233
    • 27 Cedar St N
    • Providing bagged meals at their front desk every day of the week

Grocery Delivery Services

  • Mr. Groceries - William
    • 705-274-0032
    • FREE grocery delivery service for the elderly and for those with physical disabilities.
  • Coronavirus volunteer grocery shoppers
    • 705-262-7586 or 705-262-3627
    • FREE grocery delivery service for vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic including elderly (60 +), people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, respiratory disease, or cardiovascular disease, those who are immunocompromised, mothers with young children, and those with disabilities.
  • Canadian Red Cross - Meals on Wheels
    • 705-267-4900
    • Delivering affordable and nutritious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food.
    • Grocery delivery/essential supplies is also available through this agency during the COVID-19 pandemic by contacting 416-256-3010.
  • Anti-Hunger Coalition Timmins - Good Food Box
    • 705-262-2499
    • Community based distribution program designed to make good food more accessible. Orders are due by the first Thursday of every month and boxes are delivered on the third Thursday of the month.

Cochrane

Food Banks & Hot Meals

  • Cochrane Food Bank
    • 705-272-4300
    • 141 Railway St
    • Tuesdays 10am-4pm

Grocery Delivery Services

  • Canadian Red Cross - Meals on Wheels
    • 705-272-6770
    • Delivering affordable and nutritious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food
    • Grocery delivery/essential supplies is also available through this agency during the COVID-19 pandemic by contacting 416-256-3010.

Other

  • Cochrane Community Helpline
    • 705-272-6380
    • Call line open daily from 9am-5pm
    • Provide information on food access and delivery, plus other services related to COVID-19

Hearst

Food Banks & Hot Meals

  • Samaritain du Nord Hearst Food Bank
    • 705-372-8694
    • 912 Alexandra St
    • Every first and third Thursday of the month 1-2pm

Grocery Delivery Services

  • SOS COVID Hearst (Tammy)
    • 705-362-4341
    • Shopping and delivery
  • Canadian Red Cross - Meals on Wheels
    • 705-362-5676
    • Delivering affordable and nutritious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food.
    • Grocery delivery/essential supplies is also available through this agency during the COVID-19 pandemic by contacting 416-256-3010.

Hornepayne

Food Banks & Hot Meals

  • Hornepayne Community Food Bank - Calvary Gospel Church
    • 807-868-2616 or 705-570-1881
    • 1158 Highway 631
    • Closed during COVID-19 but call number to access items

Iroquois Falls

Food Banks & Hot Meals

  • Iroquois Falls Food Bank
    • 705-232-2133
    • 565 Diberville Ave
    • Last Friday of the month 10am-3pm

Grocery Delivery Services

  • Foodland
    • 705-232-4071
    • Call-in orders, deliveries on Tuesdays in Iroquois Falls only
  • Seguin’s Valu-Mart
    • 705-232-5153
    • Fee for delivery
  • Canadian Red Cross - Meals on Wheels
    • 705-232-4901
    • Delivering affordable and nutritious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food.
    • Grocery delivery/essential supplies is also available through this agency during the COVID-19 pandemic by contacting 416-256-3010.

Matheson

Food Banks & Hot Meals

  • Matheson Food Bank

Grocery Delivery Services

  • A&G Freshmart
    • 705-273-1661
    • Fee for delivery (via taxi)
  • Canadian Red Cross - Meals on Wheels
    • 705-272-6770
    • Delivering affordable and nutritious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food.
    • Grocery delivery/essential supplies is also available through this agency during the COVID-19 pandemic by contacting 416-256-3010.

Moosonee

Grocery Delivery Services

  • Northern Store
    • 705-336-2280, delivery
  • Canadian Red Cross - Meals on Wheels
    • 705-336-3202
    • Delivering affordable and nutritious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food.
    • Grocery delivery/essential supplies is also available through this agency during the COVID-19 pandemic by contacting 416-256-3010.

Kapuskasing

Food Banks & Hot Meals

  • Kapuskasing Food Bank
    • 705-335-5414
    • 4 Sheppard St
    • Every Thursday 12-4pm

Grocery Delivery Services

  • Flex Grocery Delivery Service
    • 705-371-3006 or email: gravel@csckap.on.ca
    • Limit 20 items per order, deliveries in the afternoons
    • Wednesdays in Kapuskasing, Thursdays in Val Rita-Harty and Opasatika, and Fridays in Moonbeam.
  • Canadian Red Cross - Meals on Wheels
    • 705-335-4200
    • Delivering affordable and nutritious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food.
    • Grocery delivery/essential supplies is also available through this agency during the COVID-19 pandemic by contacting 416-256-3010.

Smooth Rock Falls

Grocery Delivery Services

  • Aging at Home
    • 705-338-3224
    • Providing delivery services for grocery and pharmacy to seniors in the community
  • Canadian Red Cross - Meals on Wheels
    • 705-335-4200
    • Delivering affordable and nutritious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food.
    • Grocery delivery/essential supplies is also available through this agency during the COVID-19 pandemic by contacting 416-256-3010.

Additional Resources:

Cochrane District Social Services Adminstration Board

Ontario Community Support Association