Feeding the physical, as well as the spiritual needs is our salient ministry. Friends and members are extraordinarily faithful to the teachings of Jesus about feeding the hungry. Our faithful volunteers help others up against grinding poverty and expect nothing in return because there is a need to be filled and they fill it:
“For when I was hungry, you gave me food, when thirsty you gave me drink, when I was a stranger you took me into your home, when naked you clothed me, when I was ill you came to my help, when in prison you visited me.”
Very early every Thursday morning we serve approximately 200 hot meals for the poorest and most vulnerable in the lower east downtown Toronto (Due to COVID, doors currently open at 5:15 a.m., with hot food starting at 5:45 a.m., and closing at 7:30 a.m.). Please note that the Breakfast Programme will be closed on Thursday, 1 July (Canada Day) and on Thursday, 5 August. Beginning 8 July and until 9 September, 2021, summer hours will be in effect with doors opening at 5:15 a.m. and closing at 6:45 a.m.
Emergency Food Bank Ministry
Twice weekly, we help supplement the nutritional needs of low income singles and families in the Regent Park area with basic nourishment.
The Food Bank is open on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m., and on and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. till 11:00a.m. It is closed the first Monday or Thursday of the month as well as public holidays.
FOOD BANK SUMMER CLOSURE: The last open day for the S. Bart’s Food Bank will be Monday, 28 June, 2021. We will open again in early September, details TBA. During July and August we encourage those needing Food Bank services to visit the Allan Gardens Food Bank, which operates out of S. Luke’s United Church (353 Sherbourne Street; southeast corner of Sherbourne and Carlton), and is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Christmas Outreach is provided to several hundred low-income residents of the downtown east core. Single persons and families are helped at Christmas with a No Frills gift card and toys for the children. This is a long-standing ministry at St Bart’s. Money is raised from private sources to fund this outreach.