• 613-938-9297
  • receptionist@agapecentre.ca
  • 40 5th Street W, Cornwall, Ontario
Host a Food Drive

The Problem

Open five days a week, the food bank provides free groceries to people in need or in crisis. There are over 1200 people who use our food bank services every month and we hand out between 800 to 900 food items a day. We operate on lean resources and often run short on food. We rely 100% on our community to assist us with the growing need of hungry Cornwallites. 

The Solution

You can help us by organizing a food drive!

Here are some great reasons to host a food drive for the Agapè Centre:

  • Help feed people
  • Demonstrate social responsibility
  • Meet people in your community
  • Give back to the community during these uncertain economic times


You can ask people to bring food donations to one location during set hours on a specific day or you can set up numerous collection points with our bins where people can leave food over the course of numerous weeks. You can also partner with a local event, like a sports game or a music festival and set up our bins at the event.

Click on the links below to access our resources.

Food Drive FAQs
List of Needed Food Items
Tips on How to Publicize your Event
Local Food Stats

Food Drive FAQs

A great place to start is our website.  There, you’ll find guides, contact info, templates…plenty to help you get the show on the road.  HOST A FOOD DRIVE

Yes. Contact the Agapè Centre, and we will be happy help you out. We can be reached at 613-938-9297 ext. 127. In fact, we prefer if you contact us before you start the food drive.  In this manner, we can give you all the additional tools you may need so that your food drive is a huge success.

A detailed list of food items can be found on this page.

It may seem to you that the list is very short.  We have tried to compile a list of healthy foods that are easy to buy.  Furthermore, our clients are really looking for “staples” in their cupboard.  There are many interesting perishable foods we would like to add to this list.  However, they would not be practical in a food drive.  Finally, even a “staple” such as cereal is omitted.  This is because there is a vast variety available in stores, and it is far easier for us to focus on a few brands.

Food, items and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Agapè Centre or the pickup of the donations can be arranged as well.  Monetary donations can also be dropped off at the Centre.  Drop-off times at our dock are Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM  and Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Donations can also be dropped off at our reception area Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

If you buy food from the grocery store, have the receipt and donate all the food that is listed on the receipt, AND if it is $20 or more, we can issue the receipt.  Simply write your name, address and phone number on the back of the receipt (or attach it to the receipt).

We have immense gratitude for all donations.  However, with cash or gift cards we can distribute the food on a much more cost effective basis.  We can buy exactly what is needed and we do not need to spend time sorting all the different types of food that comes in and individually checking the best before date on each item coming in. Furthermore, we are able to buy in bulk quantities.  With $20 we are able to buy far more food than if you buy $20 worth of food at the grocery store.

First, you can look at the food wish list so that you know what Agapè really needs.  Next, you can provide small slips of paper to people so they know what to focus on.  A focused food drive that only focuses on 3-4 items is greatly appreciated by Agapè.  It is easier to sort and actually reduces our purchasing and administrative costs.  For instance, you can choose to do a food drive for pasta, peanut butter and canned tomatoes only.

Be sure to educate people to look for the “Best Before” date on the cans and boxes.  When people go to the back of their cupboards, they often do not realize that the food has passed its’ best before date.  Even though the intention was admirable, the food bank has to follow strict food guidelines.  This means we have to throw out the food and it adds to our administrative costs. There is an information sheet on our website that best explains “Best Before” and expiration dates.

Yes, we would be happy to stop by (subject to availability). Just contact us! 

Yes. Swing on over to our homepage for some useful stats on hunger.