Food and Financial Resources
Public Health Services (905-974-9848) will continue to connect vulnerable individuals in need of support with the City Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to facilitate the following emergency food delivery for those in self isolation or deemed medically vulnerable who have no other supports such as friends, family or neighbours to assist.
Below are some food and financial resources that are still open during the pandemic.
Prepared by Dan Edwards and Sundee Himberg
Last Updated May 13, 2020
Here is a list of places patients can access meals regularly in the city, including breakfast lunch and dinner.
Daily Hot Meal handed out at 135 Mary St N from 3:30 to 4:15 pm
155 Cannon St N
Mon to Fri 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Currently reducing the number of clients visiting the Marketplace each day and eliminating clothing and housewares from the shop. They ask for patience as they enforce social distancing and only allow one household member in the program at any given time.
80 Bay St N
Delivery service for seniors and people in need.
Parking lot behind 94 York Blvd: lunches from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm
Bayfront at Strachan/MacNab: 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm
Barton at Birch: 9:00 pm to 9:45 pm
40 Wood St E
Grab and Go food box
Open Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.
The building is not open so no washrooms. The line is outdoors, if it is raining, bring an umbrella.
Eva Rothwell Centre
460 Wentworth ST N
Emergency Food Pantry.
Contact 905 526-1558 x 419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
St. Patrick’s Parish
Main & Victoria. Still doing their outreach program (info).
Sat-Thurs Breakfast 10 :00 to 11 :00 am, lunch 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fri (BBQ) Breakfast 10 :00 to 11:00 am, lunch 1:00 to 2:30 pm
541 Barton St E
Take out lunch from 11:00 am to noon
Neighbour to Neighbour
28 Athens St (on the Mountain at Mohawk and West 5th)
Monday to Wednesday 930 am to 3:15 pm; Thursday 12:30 pm to 7:15 pm
Meals on Wheels
Hot and Frozen meals – Small cost per meal – call for details
Hamilton VON Meals on Wheels 289-684-4328 (does not service Ancaster and Dundas-this is done by a different organizations)
Ancaster Meals on Wheels 905-648-6675 Ancaster Community Services
Dundas Meals on Wheels 905-627-5461 Dundas Community Services
Wesley Day Centre
Sit down seating for 20 people (reserved for homeless)
Offering bagged lunch that can be picked up
Banyan Services (905) 545-1175
This is a shopping service for grocery and pharmacy shopping. There is a small fee. Patients can self refer.
Most community meal programs are operating by handing out bagged meals at the same times that people would regularly be used to. Here’s the list and contact info.
New Vision United Church – 24 Main St W
Restoration House – 54 Vine St E
King’s Way Outreach Centre – 649 King ST E
Good Food Centre – 196 Wentworth St N
Heart to Home frozen meal delivery
The patient or patients’ family member can call to order or order online- meals are delivered weekly- there is no additional delivery fee. (frozen meals)
Grocery Gateway by Longos
***This is not an exhaustive list. There are lots of options online and most grocery stores are delivering for little cost.***
Public Health Services (905-974-9848) will continue to connect vulnerable individuals in need of support with the City Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to facilitate the following:
- Emergency food delivery for those in self isolation or deemed medically vulnerable who have no other supports such as friends, family or neighbours to assist.
- Delivery of masks and gloves to individuals identified by PH as COVID positive
- Arranging transportation to the assessment centres via DARTS for individuals requiring testing for COVID-19
- Providing information for accessing financial supports such as OW and EI and supporting navigation of these processes
- Receiving and forwarding requests from community agencies such as long term care facilities, shelters and residential housing for PPE as well as supplies (i.e. bags and boxes for the food banks)
- Supporting individuals with accessing or renewing prescriptions through their pharmacy
- Support with accessing Mental Health supports (primarily COAST)
- Tracking and forwarding offers of support from the community to our City EOC for coordinated planning
Public Health Services (905-974-9848) will continue to connect vulnerable individuals in need of support with the City Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to facilitate providing information for accessing financial supports such as OW and EI and supporting navigation of these processes.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The federal government has announced a new plan to provide support to those who have lost their income because of COVID-19.
This is a taxable benefit of $2,000 per month for up to 4 months. It is available to:
- workers who had to stop working because of COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
- workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
- workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is not enough work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
- wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.
How to apply:
- Applications will start in early April
- Apply online or by telephone (a 1-800 number will be announced)
- Payments will begin 10 days after application
- Benefit is available from March 15 to October 3, 2020
- Those who have already applied for EI do not need to re-apply
To prepare to receive the CERB benefit, make sure direct deposit is set up with the Canada Revenue Agency. You can do that by setting up an account, if you haven’t already, and logging in to the website.
The province of Ontario has suspended evictions in the current health emergency. This is the number for the Ontario Landlord Tenant Board that handles tenants’ rights: 1-888-332-3234.
You can apply to have your mortgage payments deferred. Contact your bank directly for more information.
Here is a detailed chart that outlines other benefits that you may be eligible for, and how to apply.