Central supports the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank.

Members of Central are involved throughout our community. Everything from the Bridges, to the Ontario Christian Gleaners, from Special Olympics to the Trinity Community Table.

In February 2012, Central’s session voted to adopt the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank as its primary local mission. 

The Cambridge Self Help Food Bank is unique among food banks in that it truly is far more than just a food bank. It provides food; but, it also provides so much more. Co-op members help support the food bank, volunteering a few hours a month and paying a small membership. In return, they receive food twice a month and the receive access to a wide range of other services and support programs.

There are infant nutrition programs, education programs, peer support and spiritual care programs. The Cambridge Self Help Food bank nourishes bodies; but it also teaches work skills and life skills. The Food Bank isn’t just a place to get emergency food. It’s a place where members find a sense of worth and belonging. The Food Bank is a valuable member of our community; but, it truly belongs to its members and it is a place where they can truly find pride of accomplishment.

As it’s motto says, it is more than just a food bank.

In their own words:

“The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank first opened its doors in 1985; members of social services, community and religious organizations, a lawyer and several community members founded the organization. The Food Bank serves the City of Cambridge and Township of North Dumfries, which together has a population of approximately 130,000. Over 1600 families are helped each month, and 32 community organizations are provided with food.

The Food Bank employs twelve full time staff, but volunteers are the key of our success. Our volunteers consist of adults, students, community assigned workers, co-op students and individuals on work placements.

We work to dispel the societal attitude that people who access food banks are not good enough and are less than everyone else. Our goal is to have everyone walking out feeling better than when they came in. Our mission is to offer additional food products and assistance to residents in need. We work to foster self-reliance by offering educational opportunities, job training and one-on-one emotional support.

CSHFB is dedicated to feeding the hungry

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News From our Mission to Support the CSHFB

Mitten Tree

Mitten Tree

It's that time of year again. We're collecting gloves, mitts, scarves and toques for our friends on the streets of Cambridge. If you enjoy knitting, we'll accept homemade outerwear, otherwise please bring new outerwear only. All donations will go to our friends at the...

166 to Go

I tried to dream up a cute pun for this week, but alas, that required more "outside the box" thinking than I could muster. We've collected 1334 boxes of cereal for the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank, but we still need 166 to reach our goal. We are trying to make a...

A New Post!

This week, we posted a grain of 128 boxes this week. A pretty good week, but to reach our goal of 1,500 boxes, we'll need to repeat this for each remaining week. Every box we collect helps our friends at the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank make a difference in...

A Few Flakes

No, we're not talking about winter yet, but this week's total didn't really bowl us over. That said, we're still up to 1,128 boxes. Our next goal of 1,500 boxes is still within sight. We can do this, but not without you! Every box we collect helps our friends at...

Three Cheerios

We're inching closer to our next goal, 1,500 boxes. This week, we reached 1,105 boxes. With 395 boxes and our next goal shredded, we too can move on to make an even bigger difference in people's lives. Every box we collect helps our friends at the Cambridge Self...

Yes!!!!

So much for 1,000 boxes. That's right, we've broken through our next goal. I guess you could say we're setting cereal goals (thanks for the awful pun Alexander). Yup, our goals are falling like dominos. Anyway, our next goal? 1,500 boxes of cereal. Every box we...

Spoon Fed

Spoon Fed

This week's haul was 50 boxes, bringing our total thus far to 915. Our current goal of 1,000 is well within reach. If we dig in, we can reach that goal next week. Every box we collect helps our friends at the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank make a difference...

Bowled Over

We are oh so close to our next goal, 1,000 boxes. This week, you brought our total up to 865 boxes of cereal. This will mean thousands of nutritious breakfasts for children who might otherwise go hungry. A good breakfast is critical for the development and growth of...

Definitely Not Boxed In

Definitely Not Boxed In

771! That's right, we are well on our way to our next goal, 1000, a mere 229 boxes away. Let's see how quickly we can get there. Every box we collect helps our friends at the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank make a difference in the lives of people living right here in...