You don’t have to face it alone. We’re here to help.

If you or someone you know is in a difficult time of need, emergency food hampers are available for individuals and families throughout the year. The Christmas Food program, including turkeys, halal chicken, ham and gift cards, are available in December.


Emergency Food Hampers

Assistance to individuals and families in need of food.


Emergency Food Hamper Program is here to help people living in the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo who have no food and no way of getting some.

How to Access:

Visit 807 Guelph Street, Kitchener Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please bring a valid piece of identification with your name on it. Please call ahead to book an appointment. Call: 519-742-0662.


  • Food hampers contains 3-5 days’ worth of food
  • Hampers may be accessed once every calendar month; e.g., if you receive a hamper in November, you are next eligible for a hamper in December, as long as there are seven days between visits.
  • Hampers will include a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and dry and canned goods. Cultural and dietary needs are considered.
  • Baby food, diapers and personal hygiene items are also distributed when available.

Support for the Emergency Food Hamper Program:

In addition to generous community donations, support for the Emergency Food Hamper program is provided through the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.  Almost 50% of the work hours completed in the program are provided by volunteers.

Christmas Food Program

Each December, support to get items for a seasonal family meal are made available to people living on a  low income in Kitchener and Waterloo.


The Christmas Food program is a collaborative project that helps people living on a low income in Waterloo Region receive the help they need to celebrate during the Christmas season. To receive support from the Christmas Food Program, please visit the following link:


Support for the Christmas Food Program:

The Regions Support

The Region’s Pocket Card Guide provides a list of food and housing resources such as shelter locations, meal drop-in services, and street outreach programs in the region.

Food Helped Kristi Begin Again

Your support has helped people like Kristi, who turned to the Emergency Food Hamper program in a time of great need. Now, she is in a position where she can give back, thanks to you!