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.
The Breakfast Program is open each Thursday, with the doors opening at 5:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m., and hot food being served beginning at 6:00 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 Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Please note: Like many other food banks across the City, the increased needs are impacting our supply. Regrettably, we are occasionally having to close our doors early when food runs out. Donations are warmly welcome, and may be made to St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, designated “Food Bank,” either by cheque or Interac e-transfer. Parishioners are also welcome to bring in non-perishable food items after Sunday services or during Food Bank hours. Please no peanut- or nut-containing products.
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.