Like many food banks in Canada, St Thomas Elgin Food Bank – The Caring Cupboard opened in 1986 during the recession.

A group of concerned citizens, noting the rising unemployment within St. Thomas and Elgin County, contacted local churches to form a steering committee to discuss the feasibility of opening a food bank. What began in 1986 as a temporary measure to assist individuals and families, who found themselves unemployed, has continued to this day.

The food bank started in the basement of the local YWCA and quickly outgrew those premises.

In 1990 the food bank moved to 2 Curtis Street which we quickly outgrew. In 1996 the food bank relocated to 10 St. George St. and remained there until August 2009 when we moved to our current location at 803 Talbot St. – the original Medlyn Hardware Store.

The organization is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors currently consisting of 11 members who represent a cross section of the community.
We are a non-profit organization and a registered charity with Revenue Canada. (CRA # 823668587)

We have become incorporated during the past year and to comply with more stringent government regulations, we had to choose a name which was more reflective of our exact community service that we provide, and the geographical area that we serve. Our operation has not changed in any way and we still operate at 803 Talbot with the same function and service.



To serve all who come to us in need.


Our purpose is accomplished by:

  1. Helping a caring community safely share its food resources
  2. Providing a supply of food and personal hygiene items every month, to eligible recipients, in cooperation with other food programs within Elgin County
  3. Referring clients to other community services as required
  4. Maintaining confidentiality regarding personal information


  1. To become a charity of choice for those who wish to feed the hungry in The County of Elgin. "Charity of choice" ensures our financial future.