Food service providers in our time of need

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With the United Way showing city council last week that we are now hovering around 15,000 people who are living in poverty in Sault Ste. Marie, here may be a much needed list of places to get food.

  • Elim Pentecostal Church at 306 McNabb Street. They provide a bag of food 4 times a year. Please call ahead at 942-2010. You have to bring 2 pieces of ID, one of them having an address. This is one bag per household. Pickups are on Sundays and Tuesdays.
  • First Baptist Church at 465 Albert Street East provides a milk program every Tuesday at 9 a.m. This is first come, first served and you must bring ID.
  • St. Vincent Place at 222 Albert Street East has a food bank you can access every two months. They are open Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 1-3 p.m. You need to bring some ID here too. Their number is 253-2770
  • St. Vincent Place at 222 Albert Street East also has a soup kitchen every Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Soup Kitchen at 172 James Street offers meals Monday to Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Soup Kitchen also has a Good Food Box. It has fresh produce delivered the 3rd Thursday of the month. You have to order one month in advance. It’s $15 but can be sponsored. You can call them at 942-2694
  • The Salvation Army at 78 Elgin Street has a food bank Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You must go through an interview first. It is for people 18 and older on low income. Their number is 759-4143
  • Our Lady of Good Council at 114 MacDonald Avenue has a meal service every 3rd Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Their number is 942-8546
  • The Indian Friendship Centre at 122 East Street offers a milk program from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. They also offer a light lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Coffee Night on Thursday night. You can contact Matt at 256-5634 ext. 2136 or June at ext. 2189 for their prenatal nutrition program which offers emergency food and infant supplies.
  • Algoma Public Health at 294 Willow Avenue offers a milk program for mothers with low income. You can contact them at 541-7101
  • The Canadian Mental Health Association offers cheap meals for members as well as psychosocial rehabilitation. You can contact them at 759-0458 to see if you qualify.
  • Phoenix Rising Women’s Centre offers lunch on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is WOMEN ONLY.

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  1. Thanks for posting this. A couple of thoughts came to mind, firstly 15, 000 is a frightening number for our town! That’s very sad.
    Secondly, I thought there would be more help available to be honest. I assisted someone in hard times once to access the salvation army food bank. It should be noted that can only be accessed every two months. The process was easy and very non judgemental which I thought was great, the food he got was a bit surprising to me. Don’t get me wrong, when there is nothing to eat and the cupboards are literally bare, anything is of great help! But, it made me sad that there wasn’t more for him. 1 pound of hamburger for meat. That was it. That won’t go far when you have kids to feed, toilet paper and soap and items like that were great too tho. As I helped him unpack the items, it was deflating to realize that he couldn’t go back for anymore help for 2 months. What a horrible position to be in as a parent fallen on hard times. I also didn’t know the soup kitchen only runs during the weekdays. I didn’t know there were only 2 meals a week offered at St. Vincent’s either. Maybe the rest of us who can help, aren’t doing enough???!? So thank-you again for posting this, it has opened my eyes to the plight of 15,000 people in the Soo.

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