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If you are unable to make a food donation at one of our drop off spots, why not make a financial donation!

All monetary donations receive a charitable tax receipt.

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Drop off Locations

If you are in the St. Thomas area please  stop by our Talbot Street location to drop off your non-perishable food items.
Use rear entrance off Manitoba St.

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Like many food banks in Canada, The Caring Cupboard opened in the mid-80�s (1986) during the recession at that time.  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. 

We started in the basement of the local YWCA and quickly outgrew those premises.  In 1990 we moved to 2 Curtis St. and shared space with the Elgin County Market until 1996 when they needed space to run the Community Press.  Then we acquired the location at 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. 

For current statistics on food bank usage in Ontario and across Canada, please follow our homepage Links to the Ontario Association of Food Banks or Food Banks Canada.


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